Get Out!

Starting last Wednesday, the tiny village of Teslin has exploded with Tlingit pride. Incorporating First Nations from across the Yukon, Alaska and BC, the Ha Kus Teyea Celebration brings Tlingit and non-Tlingit alike into a massive celebration of traditional food and culture.


Whole lot of Tlingit going on

Starting last Wednesday, the tiny village of Teslin has exploded with Tlingit pride.

Incorporating First Nations from across the Yukon, Alaska and BC, the Ha Kus Teyea Celebration brings Tlingit and non-Tlingit alike into a massive celebration of traditional food and culture.

Community canoeing, traditional dancing, drumming, heaps of Tlingit art, soapberry picking – if it’s Tlingit, it’s at Ha Kus Teyea.

July 22 to 28 in Teslin. Visit for more info.

Watercolours and a sheep burger

Faro’s got art, and Faro’s got edible wildlife.

Come enjoy both at the Faro Mini Arts Festival and Wild Game Barbecue.

Saturday and Sunday at the Faro Campbell Region Interpretive Centre. Phone (867) 994-2288 for more info.


He came, he saw … McConkey

Harmonica George McConkey, for 30 years the undisputed master of Yukon harp, is bringing his territory-renowned mouth organ stylings to Whitehorse.

A fixture of workshops at both Atlin and the Dawson City music festivals, Whitehorse fans can finally catch George in all his solo glory.

Friday, 7:30 p.m. at the Old Fire Hall.


New art, ambiguous title

The Yukon Artists at Work appear to be working, indeed.

Knee-deep in new creations, the artist-run gallery has decided to present TTTBF, a new group show.

Organizers are refusing to disclose the meaning of the TTTBF tagline.

Presumably, the mystery will only be unmasked for those fortunate enough to attend the newly mounted exhibition.

(Totally Tubular Triassic Birth Films?)

Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Yukon Artists at Work gallery.

Going postal

If there’s one thing Canadian taxpayers demand, it’s frequently updated esthetically pleasing postage stamps.

In this regard, our stamp-making federal government rarely fails to disappoint.

That’s why, after commemorating everything from bookmaking to the Tahltan Bear Dog, the Canadian Postal Service has finally decided to give Canada’s roadside attractions their due.

Watson Lake’s Signpost Forest, depicted with a waving, generic mother-daughter pair, has already hit stamp retailers across the nation.

Act now: drop by the post office, pick up a few sheets, stash them in a drawer, and give your children an additional piece of “collectible” kitsch to sort through once you’ve died.


Why let the French have all the fun?

The thrill of mushroom hunting is that, if you don’t know what you’re doing, you risk suffering a slow, painful death.

Or awesome visuals.

Avoid untimely demise or accidental psychedelia; let the professionals be your guide as you foray into the exciting world of sniffing around for edible fungi.

Mushroom hunting. Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Meet at the Chadburn Lake Recreation Site.

Pedallers of Whitehorse: compete in staggered time trials!

Oil up your velocipede, the Tour de Whitehorse is back again.

It’s not really a Tour de Whitehorse, per se, it’s actually just a bunch of bike races spread out over a weekend.

On Friday, organizers assure the tour will start with a “BANG” when riders tackle the 10-kilometre Miles Canyon Loop, also known menacingly as the Three Pillars of Doom.

Saturday: the road race.

Then, on Sunday, the event wraps up with the ever-exciting “individual time trial,” where riders will race the clock along a 20-kilometre portion of the North Klondike Highway.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Call Mike McCann at 668-3531 for more information.

Single-wheeled cancer smackdown

Own a wheelbarrow? Hate cancer?

Good, because come late August, you can tune up your Yard King and get down to the Carmacks Wheelbarrow relay for Cancer.

Teams of three (two adults and a child) will be tasked with collecting pledges for their gruelling 12 -kilometre wheelbarrow push.

The team raising the most cash will receive an Air North flight to Calgary or Edmonton.

Last year, 12 teams raised more than $5,300.

Sunday, August 23rd, from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Carmacks Recreation Centre. Phone John Laughlin at (867) 863-6996 to sign up.

Fundraiser for Murd

On May 31st, 2009, Murd Nicholson, owner of Whitehorse’s the Barber Shoppe suffered a serious motorcycle accident, inflicting damage to his hair-cutting hands.

A longtime co-ordinator of the Renzervous beard-growing festival, Nicholson’s friends at the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous are banding together to help their own wounded barber.

On Sunday, drop by the “Lend a Helping Hand BBQ & Silent Auction” to gird your support for Murd.

Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Shipyards Park’s Frank Slim Building. For only $10, pick up a plate of barbecue burgers, smokies, salad and dessert.


Blessed are the sleepy

Around 250 A.D., the Roman Emperor Decius decided to persecute a group of seven Greek men for the crime of Christianity.

As the story goes, rather than recant their faith, the seven men crawled into a cave, went to sleep and didn’t wake up for two centuries.

When they awoke, Decius was dead, Christianity was legal and they were all made saints.

Passive aggression never looked so good.

Every year on July 27, the Republic of Finland commemorates the strange tale of the Seven Sleepers with National Sleepy Head Day.

It works like this: find the last person in the house to wake up, and then splash them with water.

The Finnish city of Naantali takes it a bit further.

Every year, the city rounds up a local celebrity and tosses them into the port.

Frustrated Hallmark executives continue to examine the merchandising potential of Sleepy Head Day.


Ribbon of asphalt

In 1885, the Trans-Canada Railway was completed with a ceremonial driving of the last spike into a stretch of track outside Cragellachie, BC.

The opening of the Trans-Canada highway in July, 1966, didn’t quite have the same gusto.

A workman shoveled asphalt into a ceremonial pothole, and Prime Minister John Diefenbaker—flanked by red-serged Mounties—awkwardly tamped it down.

At the time of opening, the Trans-Canada Highway was the longest national highway in the world.

That is, until, the Trans-Siberian Highway and Australia’s Highway 1 came along.

“This highway will always serve the cause of peace, and it will never hear the war-like tramp of marching feet,” said a confused-looking Diefenbaker at the official opening.

Check the pancreas

Although not a member of Rush, Frederick Banting remains one of planet’s most well-respected Canadians.

On July 27, 1921, Banting successfully isolated insulin from the pancreatic duct of a dog.

Months later, Banting’s team of University of Toronto researchers administered the insulin to 14-year-old Leonard Thompson, proving it an effective life saving treatment for human diabetes.

The discovery is estimated to have saved more than 16 million lives worldwide, more than the population of Canada at the time of the discovery.

In 1941, Banting was killed in a plane crash in Newfoundland.

Before succumbing to his own wounds, Banting decided to rack up one more saved life by performing life-saving first aid on the injured pilot.

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