New disc Friday
Local songstress Nicole Edwards releases her fourth album this Friday at the Old Fire Hall.
The CD, Sage and Wild Roses, was co-written with Dave Haddock and pulls from the classic sounds of R&B. Edwards and her band, the Joy Seekers, will be joined by Brandon Isaak for a few songs that he collaborated on.
The night should provide enough danceable music and optimism to brighten any Yukon winter night.
Doors at 7:30 p.m. The show starts at 8. Adults $22, youth $17.
On Saturday, at the Old Fire Hall, see dueling pianos. Local pianists Annie Avery and Grant Simpson are calling it a tribute to jazz great Fats Waller. Come out to see the battle and decide for yourself. Tickets are $20 and the show starts at 7 p.m.
The 2011 Folklore Show is this Saturday. Some of the best local First Nation and folklore performers will grace the Yukon Arts Centre stage, including singer/songwriter Arlette Alcock who is being hosted by the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre. The Dakka Khwaan Dancers will sing and dance to honour the 2011 Keish Elders Award recipient and the night will finish with Bitterly Divine – a seven-piece rock ‘n’ roll band from Vancouver that will feature special appearances from some of the Sundog carvers. Tickets are available at the Yukon Arts Centre box office. Adults are $14, elders and students $12 and children under the age of 12 are $10. The show starts at 7 p.m.
At the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre on Sunday there will be a traditional drumming and storytelling workshop with Dennis Joseph. It is free, but space is limited. You can register by calling 335-8951 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Things get started by 11 a.m. and will run for an hour or two.
Heck of a deal…
Come one, come all and mend your broken hearts – or, at least, bask in bitterness and cynicism.
Starting at 8 p.m., at the Jarvis Street Saloon, is this year’s Spring Breakup. Kim Barlow and Mathias Kom (from The Burning Hell) will lead the rants with excerpts from their newest album, It’s Not You, It’s Me, including a song called I’m Sorry I Tried To Punch You In The Face. “Wild,”“mad” and “genius” have all been used to describe Geoff Berner, who is also on the bill with songs from his new album Victory Party. Last minute add-ons include Jona Barr, and Luther Wright and the Wrongs. All of this for just $15.
You may have already heard the noise for Whitehorse’s newest play: Noises Off, but if you missed Wednesday and Thursday’s shows there is still plenty of time.
Shows of the farce about a farce will continue until Saturday, and will run for the following two weeks, from Tuesday to Saturday, until February 19.
The independent Moving Parts Theatre company is putting on this Michael Frayn’s comedy, along with the MAD program at FH Collins (Wood Street). The company is celebrating its 10th birthday in style with this slapstick, it includes nine revered local actors and the company’s biggest set yet. All tickets are $17, but director Anton Soloman says there will be no refunds for those suffering from sore sides after the show! Tickets are available at Well-Read Books or at the door of the Wood Street School and all shows start at 8 p.m.
Lots of bodies, barebones show
If you are interested in something low-key, the Guild is putting on Friday night play readings throughout February. There will be four plays, four local directors, four performances, three times as many local actors and just a few lights and props. The first Friday (tonight) will feature Prelude To A Kiss by Craig Lucas, directed by Moira Sauer. All shows start at 8 p.m., at the Guild.
In the spotlight
If you’d like to try your hand at the behind-the-scenes of local theatre, the Yukon Arts Centre is holding an introduction to stage lighting workshop on Sunday. It will go through most of what you will need to know to run a small show – lighting-wise – and is free to all, including secondary school students. Wear work attire, closed shoes and bring a nine-inch crescent wrench with a wrist tie-off, if possible. The workshop runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., contact Brendan Wiklund to RSVP at email@example.com.
This is the last weekend to see the Sundog Carvers student exhibit at Arts Underground. All the artists featured in the exhibit have completed a nine-month beginner carving program at the Northern Cultural Expressions Society and are currently enrolled in a three-year advanced carving program called Journey Far.
The studio, on Fourth Avenue and Ogilvie, teaches West Coast Tlingit style, but each artist takes these skills to do their own thing and work on their own styles – including some from other Yukon First Nations. The exhibit closes on Tuesday, February 8 and is located at Arts Underground, on Main Street.
The annual Available Lights Film Festival starts up next week
The gala on Monday night begins at 5:30 p.m. with live local music and dance performances in the spirit of the festival’s first film, A Drummer’s Dream. The picture comes from Nova Scotia and the director will be at Monday’s screening. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. The festival carries on into the following weekend and showcases loads of shorter films and docs from all over the world including Europe, Latin America and one film from the windswept terrains of the Chukotka Penninsula, next to the Bering Strait, in Russia. The majority of the films come from Canada, including numerous northern pieces – one, animated piece was made in the Yukon and Alberta, with many local voices, and it follows the story of a First Nation warrior. There is also a film on Terry Fox, co-directed by NBA all-star Steve Nash. Tickets can be bought online, at the door, at Arts Underground or at the Arts Centre box office. They are $11 per film or five films for $45. All films are screened at the Yukon Arts Centre.
The Yukon Quest kicks off this Saturday from the starting line at Shipyards Park.
The first team of this 28th-year run pulls away at 11 a.m., with teams leaving every three minutes after that.
At 5 p.m., the teams for the 300-mile race take off.
And on Thursday, February 10, at 6:30 p.m. the Dawson City Volunteers and Community Party takes place at the town museum. Staff, handlers, locals and, of course, the volunteers, all gather to show their appreciation. There will be live music, food, cake and a cash bar. For more information on Thursday’s event, call 668-4711.
And finally, the moment it seems all of Whitehorse has been waiting for: Hockey Night in Canada, Yukon-style, starts this week. The town is all a buzz and painted giddy – literally. Half of Main Street has been fashioned into a billboard for the coming of NHL stars, commentators and alumni. And of course, the Stanley Cup will be back in residence.
Things begin Tuesday night with a free event at MacBride Museum at 5 p.m. On Wednesday, there is an alumni game between the Ottawa Senators and the Dawson City Nuggets – it’s a rematch of the 1905 Stanley Cup challenge – at Takhini Arena, starting at 7 p.m. But don’t get hockey gamed-out just yet, we’re just getting started.
Thursday starts early at the Canada Games Centre with a school hockey tournament of Grades 6 and 7 for the public to watch and then the well-anticipated street hockey match outside CBC will get going by 4 p.m. By 4:30 p.m. hockey clinics (invitation only for participation, but open to the public for viewing) will start at the Canada Games Centre. And if you still have the energy – or patience for anything else hockey related – a music and film presentation called Stolen from a Hockey Card will start at 8 p.m. at the Arts Centre. It is part of the Available Light Film Festival.
More extreme events
If you’d like something sports related, but want to stay away from the dogsled and hockey-crazed swarms, maybe the start of the Yukon Ultra is just what you’re looking for.
At 10:30 a.m. Sunday, the world’s coldest, toughest and, quite possibly craziest, ultra starts. The marathon of 100, 300 and 430 miles is for mountain bikers, cross-country skiers and runners. The race follows the Yukon Quest trail and ends in either Braeburn, Pelly Crossing or Dawson City.