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With a slightly more kid-friendly setting, Atlin is a great time and a perfect warmup for Yukon's longest-running festival, the Dawson City Music Festival, which kicks off next week on Thursday, July 14.


Here we go…

The Yukon summer music festival season officially begins this weekend with Atlin Arts and Music Festival. Kicking off at 5 p.m. Friday, the northern BC town turns into a world of artists, musicians, storytellers, comedians, general creativity and fun. The traditional Taku Kwaan Dancers will open the stage, warming it up for Tom Jackson, Tanya Tagaq, Madison Violet, Charlie A’Court, Anabelle Chvostek and 13 more musical acts. There are also visual arts workshops, films, kids’ events, storytelling, comedy and, of course, free camping.

With a slightly more kid-friendly setting, Atlin is a great time and a perfect warmup for Yukon’s longest-running festival, the Dawson City Music Festival, which kicks off next week on Thursday, July 14, with a separately ticketed show at the Palace Grand Theatre. Owen Pallett (formerly Final Fantasy) will be playing with Jeremy Strachan and Jean Martin, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for both festivals (and the Thursday night Palace Grand show) are almost all gone, so get your tickets right now. Literally. There may be none left by the time you finish reading this sentence. What are you still doing reading this?!

It’s never too late in the Yukon

If you can’t make it to Atlin this weekend, next week will be full of encores from the array of great musicians.

The Old Firehall is putting on three shows for all who missed out, or simply want more.

On Monday, July 11, Oona McOuat and Dream Deep from Salt Spring Island will be playing. Fresh from their African tour with a Zimbabwean mbira master, a top Cuban percussionist and a Hawaiian woodwinds expert, the group’s Celtic harp has never sounded so worldly.

On Tuesday, July 12, the woman who singlehandedly put throat-singing on music record charts will be gracing the Old Firehall’s stage. Tanya Tagaq with percussionist Jean Martin and violin genius Jesse Zubot will be playing brand new, music-barrier-breaking tunes.

On Wednesday, July 13, the alternative-country, modern-roots sound of Madison Violet will be playing. The duo who won the 2010 grand prize for the John Lennon Song Writing Contest have toured across the world for more than 10 years and will touch down here in Whitehorse to share some of their fantastically flawless harmonies.

All shows start at 7:30 p.m., sharp. You can get tickets at Arts Underground, the Yukon Arts Centre, online or at the door. Adults are $25, children and seniors are only $20.

Adaka adventures

The Adaka Cultural festival is wrapping up this weekend, and while many have already been wowed by the traditional dancing, art, sewing and sculpting, there is still some more to come. Traditional workshops will continue, great food is still cooking and the exhibit inside the Old Firehall will remain open.

Tonight, a first-time-ever collaboration with three female singer/songwriters from North of 60 will be taking place at the Yukon Arts Centre. Yukon’s own Diyet, Leela Gilday, from the Northwest Territories, and Nive Nielsen from Greenland – calling themselves A Circumpolar Soundscape – will start their show at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, a community feast at 12:30 p.m. will kick off the grand finale (don’t forget your potlatch gear, i.e. your own dishes and utensils). And a community drumming circle will finish things off. It will begin at 3:30 p.m., with drummers from all backgrounds and cultures welcome to come out and bring their drums.

In the Southern Tutchone language, Adaka means “coming into the light,” so let’s hope this weekend stays nice and sunny so the original peoples of the Yukon can take this time to share their heritage and culture with family, friends and neighbours from across the North and around the world.

Free summer tunes

Yukon musicians are taking over the MacBride Museum’s outdoor deck this summer to perform free, live shows. The first edition of this series was held yesterday. The next one will be on Thursday, July 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. Hank Karr & Company will hit the deck with the heels of their cowboy boots and everyone is welcome to come tip their hats and kick up their country heels along with them.


Grainy jewels

Even if you missed the opening reception last night, the Copper Moon Gallery’s new exhibit is still there for you to come see. Wood Grain Metal Form is a joint show of “a lot of hard work from two very serious young artists.” Blake Lepine is a carver and artist with wooden and canvas creations and Candice Ball is a jeweler who works with special metals to create funky, original art you can wear. The exhibit will be on until August 2.

Count yourself colourful

Another exhibit that opened Thursday night was Eleanor Rosenberg’s debut solo show at Gallery 22 (above Triple J’s Music). The show is a compilation of a few different series including pastel illustrations drawn from the Jazz in the Hall series held at the Old Firehall this past winter and a new realm for Rosenberg: animals. The bright and smiling young illustrator/graphic designer/fine artist/muralist captures one, strong theme in all her work, no matter what the subject. That theme is colour. Come see Cup Half Colourful and test her theory that colour can change your mood!


Parking lot literature

Yukon book lovers have started a brand new Yukon summer tradition. The Parking Lot Reading Series starts off tonight, in the Walmart/Canadian Tire parking lot, just outside Coles Bookstore. Starting this Friday, new writers from a variety of disciplines will be featured each week from 7 to 8 p.m. Michael Gates and Jessica Simon will start things off. The series is scheduled to run until August 26. Bring a lawn chair and meet under the Blue Canopy. Call 633-3566 if you need more information.


Calling all you swim-haters

The 2011 annual Dry Tri: The Triathlon For Non-Swimmers is happening this Saturday. Starting at 1 p.m. at the Takhini Hotsprings. The 4K run – 14K mountain bike – 8K run goes through all the scenic Hotspring trails, and the whole thing finishes off with an after-party barbecue, once the last person crosses the line. Beginners are welcome, there are team and individual categories and late registrations are welcome too. Just call 668-4699 or e-mail

Take me out to the ball game

The famous Dustball Slo-Pitch Tournament touches down in Whitehorse this weekend. All teams must already be registered but if you like cold beer, burgers, hotdogs and watching some good ol’ fashioned ball, there’s a spot on the bleacher benches for you. Get yourself up the hill to the Pepsi Softball Complex (across from the jail) and catch a few innings. The games have already started and run all weekend long.

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