Local artist and seamstress Lea-Ann Dorval is putting her original designs, artwork and accessories on sale - at half price. A few months ago, Dorval's three-year-old nephew was diagnosed with Wilms Tumour, a very rare kidney cancer that targets young children.


Fashion fundraiser

Local artist and seamstress Lea-Ann Dorval is putting her original designs, artwork and accessories on sale – at half price.

A few months ago, Dorval’s three-year-old nephew was diagnosed with Wilms Tumour, a very rare kidney cancer that targets young children. Since then, the young boy’s condition has deteriorated quickly, with the cancer spreading rapidly throughout his body. Dorval’s brother and sister-in-law have had to quit working and Dorval is hoping she can help them out financially by selling her work.

All original clothing, purses, hats and jewelry, as well as some original artwork will be for sale at half price this Saturday at Maggie T’s in Hillcrest. The address is 121 Hillcrest Drive and

people are welcome from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Roller rally

The Yukon Roller Girls are fundraising this Saturday, May 7, at the Boiler Room from 9 p.m. to close. It is their first Annual Roller Derby-versary and there will be karaoke, games, prizes, refs and, of course, the roller girls. It’s only $10 at the door to show your support for local rollers.


Environment and education

Faro’s Crane and Sheep Festival is this weekend.

The full three days of events range from a movie and barbecue tonight, to hikes, art, an auction, a potluck and lectures on Saturday, which is World Migratory Bird Day. On Sunday, more wildlife viewing and hikes will take place. A three-kilometre walk for Breast Cancer will finish off the weekend.

The festival is a great experience for the whole family to learn about everything from plants to bears and, of course, the birds and horns that inspire the weekend.

For more details and information, contact the town of Faro.


Jazz up your Friday

Dave Haddock, Andrea McColeman and Anne Turner will be at the Westmark Lounge today, jazzing it up from 6 to 9 p.m.

The lounge offers free appies, starting at 5 p.m.

Remembering Mozart

Requiem was Mozart’s last piece of music and it is recognized as one of the most amazing in history.

The famous composer was commissioned by a stranger towards the end of his life and he wrote the music as he was dying.

Ultimately, it had to be completed by another composer, but it is assured the work is all Mozart.

The Whitehorse Community Choir is performing the piece at the Yukon Arts Centre tonight and Saturday, May 7 at 8 p.m.

and Sunday May 8 at 3 p.m.

Local musicians and those from Suzuki Senior Strings, the University of Manitoba, the University of British Columbia and Portland State make up the orchestra.

Tickets are still available at the centre’s box office or online at

Country is coming

Roger Marin followed in his father’s footsteps – literally. As a teenager, Marin toured with his dad who played guitar for Fred Eaglesmith and the Flying Squirrels. For years, Marin was raised on the ol’ country road working with people like Willie Nelson, Junior Brown and Hayes Carll.

Now, Marin is bringing his own distinct voice and honest sound north on his never-ending release tour for his CD Silvertown. He will be at the Westminster Hotel in Dawson City on May 11 and 12, and in Whitehorse, at Burnt Toast on May 13 and 14.


Yukon child

Yukon writer Ellen Davignon is launching a new edition of her famous northern classic The Cinnamon Mine: An Alaska Highway Childhood. The author and longtime newspaper columnist will be at The Old Fire Hall on Monday at 7 p.m.

The book traces a Danish family’s adventures through Greenland and Arctic Canada to Johnson’s Crossing, where they made their life at the banks of the Teslin River.

Davignon was born in Dawson in 1937 to Danish immigrants who mined and trapped in the Sixty Mile area. The family moved to an abandoned US Army camp at Johnson’s Crossing in 1948 where they built the Johnson’s Crossing Lodge.

For more information about the launch, contact Mac’s Fireweed Bookstore.

Reading with The Reader

Renowned German writer, Bernhard Schlink will be at the Old Fire Hall on Tuesday May 10, at 7:30 p.m.

The author of The Reader – which was turned into the award-winning film with actress Kate Winslet – is also a professor of public law and legal philosophy and served as a judge in German constitutional court for many years. Schlink got into writing by publishing crime novels in 1987. His first fiction to appear in English was The Reader. Since then, he has added a private detective trilogy, a collection of stories and two novels to his English portfolio. His work is known to cultivate discussion about Germany’s collective and individual guilt, forgiving and forgetting, law and morality, fundamental rights, the role of police and the meaning of justice. Schlink has recently published another collection of stories in German.

Admission is free.


Bizarre beauty

Tonight is the opening reception for Realism to Surrealism, the new exhibit of Ilgvars Steins’ work.

From 5 until 7:30 p.m., Arts Underground will celebrate much of the 86-year-old’s creative life. The selection doesn’t cover everything but will give a good feeling of his repertoire. It will also include pieces he has crafted since re-locating to Dawson City in 2008. The intended message of the exhibit is about “doing.” But staying true to the strange esthetic of surreal art, the show will also challenge the subjective views people hold on what exactly is “art.” But if nothing else comes clear, the drive to continue expressing oneself regardless of age is an inspiring and motivating message that Steins provides.

The exhibit runs at Arts Underground until May 31.


Traveling cafe

Gwaandak Theatre’s new production, Cafe Daughter, kicks off its month-long tour this week. After touching down in Dawson City and Mayo already, the Kenneth T. Williams play moves to Pelly Crossing on Saturday, and then to Whitehorse for May 11 to 14.

The show is a one-woman, memory play inspired by the life of Lillian Dyck. The neurochemist, professor, associate dean and Canadian senator hid her aboriginal ancestry for much of her life, allowing the public to perceive her from her Chinese features, only. The play, and it’s school study guide, aims to teach about the history Canada likes to hide: the appalling treatment of First Nations and Chinese immigrants.

Tickets in the communities are available at the door. Tickets for Whitehorse shows are available at

For more information on locations, times and prices, visit

The play keeps moving after Whitehorse, making stops in Watson Lake, Teslin and Haines Junction on May 17, 18 and 19, respectively.


City stroll

Tomorrow Whitehorse is joining 70 other cities world wide for the annual Jane’s Walk. Inspired by the work of writer and influential urban theorist Jane Jacobs, Jane’s Walk is a series of free urban neighbourhood tours that aim to help citizens to get to know their city. The walk starts at 10 a.m. at Sport Yukon on 4th Avenue. It covers two kilometres through the city, ending at Third and Main.

Join local guides as they point out different approaches to housing in the downtown core. Everyone is welcome.

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