All new works, all thanks to @YAC

All new works, all thanks to @YAC

Here in the Yukon Territory, we're so fortunate to be surrounded by incredible artists. Playwrights, actors, musicians, painters, the list goes on. And in order to keep enjoying the fruits of our artist's labours, we need to support our artists.

Earlier this year, the Yukon Arts Centre launched an all-new performing arts residency that gives local artists access to rehearsal spaces, and technical knowledge to grow their craft. As we open up applications for a new round of artists in residence, we want to share with you the locals we've been so fortunate to work with.


Gwaandak Theatre - The Unplugging

Based on the oral story "Two Old Women" by Athabascan novelist Velma Wallis, The Unplugging explores the role of women and traditional knowledge in contemporary society. Gwaandak Theatre used their residency to reherse the work to be ready for the stage. Gwaandak debuted the work at the Old Fire Hall on May 2, 2018, before heading across the Yukon to present the show in various Dawson City, Mayo, Haines Junction, and even Old Crow.


Nakai Theatre - When We Dance We Dance Together

 What do you get when you combine music + theatre + puppets + one of the Yukon favourite music and arts festivals? The answer is: When We Dance, We Dance Together.  Based on the music by Rock Plaza Central, this show tells the story of a future Canada, where a pack of robot “horses” search for work, dignity and respect. A musical about freelancers, company work and a handsome new Governor.
Nakai Theatre used their @YAC residency to reherse the show before debuting it at Atlin Arts and Music Festival in July, 2018.


Borealis Soul - Blue Hour


Borealis Soul’s mission is to challenge the public notion of contemporary performance art by using live hip hop music and dance, in conjunction with film and projection, as a means of storytelling. Drawing inspiration from their unique experiences growing up in the Yukon, they strive to create multidisciplinary productions with a northern twist. Their 2018 work Blue Hour was accepted as part of the @YAC residency in order to workshop and reherse their new choreography. They presented Blue Hour live on the Yukon Arts Centre Mainstage on July 15, 2018.


Problematic Orchestra - Palace Grand: Opening Concert 


Open Pit - Busted Up: A Yukon Story

Set right here in the Yukon, a plethora of real-life characters whose opinions and stories are as varied as their age and ethnic backgrounds reveal themselves: how they ended up in the territory, why they stayed, their beliefs, their roots and their fears. Throughout the play, the juxtaposed voices of these people gather and evolve around the relationships between indigenous people and settlers, natural resource extractions, the growing immigrant population and the fast paced changes Canada's north is experiencing. The result is a powerful play full of humor, violence, absurdity, and tenderness.
- Open Pit Theatre


Gwaandak Theatre - Bystander


Late one night, during wartime in an unnamed land, an officer carrying a secret message asks to stay the night at a citizen’s house. The unlikely pair find connection over a drinking game, until the message’s content is revealed, forcing each to face what they have done – and are willing to do – to survive.
- Gwaandak Theatre


Ramshackle Theatre - Tombstone: A Cardboard Western

After premering their original work on the Yukon Arts Centre Mainstage in the spring of 2016, Ramshackle Theatre looked to taking Tombstone: A Cardboard Western on tour through southern Canada. Taking this massive production with delicate moving parts, and getting it ready to travel and perform on smaller stages was no easy feat. Through the @YAC residency, Tombstone: A Cardboard Western re-worked their sets and show in both the Yukon Arts Centre Studio Theatre, and the Old Fire Hall. They premiere their tour-ready work on October 26, 2018.

Vanier Catholic Secondary School in the ATCO Electric Yukon Youth Gallery

Vanier Catholic Secondary School in the ATCO Electric Yukon Youth Gallery

Selected works from the talented art students at Vanier Catholic Secondary School are on display in the ATCO Elctric Yukon Gallery at the Yukon Arts Centre for the month of October. Reception on the October 25th at 5:30pm. Come check out this amazing work!

‘House and Home: 30 Houses in 30 days’ an exhibition by Erin Dixon in the Community Gallery

‘House and Home: 30 Houses in 30 days’ an exhibition by Erin Dixon in the Community Gallery

30 Houses in 30 Days Project

During the month of June 2017, I embarked on a project to capture the images of 30 historic and unique houses around Whitehorse by making drawings over the course of 30 days. I then posted a new house each day to my Wordpress blog, Yukon Butterflies, my Instagram account, @erindixonarts, and my Facebook fan page, Erin Dixon Arts. It caught the interest of the public and was very well received. You can read CBC’s story about it here;


About Erin:

My paintings are abstract interpretations of Yukon landscapes created out of acrylic, watercolour and oil paints. I never set out to create a true replication of a place, but the feeling I get from a place. Using intense colour combinations in all my artworks is a way for me to express how I feel about living in the Yukon and helps me define the wildness of this place in my own way.

As an illustrator, and a lover of colour, I have self-published a colouring book, "Colour the Yukon” and have completed a new body of work illustrating 30 unique and historic houses around Whitehorse. I look forward to expanding on my illustration abilities by creating more drawings that capture the Yukon, in all its uniqueness.

My studio practice is operated out of my home in Porter Creek and I am inspired by the trails and trees that surround it. My family spends our summers camping and hiking around the Yukon and our winters ice fishing and snowshoeing. I am a longtime Yukoner, so I’m grateful to be able to share all my childhood experiences with my own kids. I wouldn’t live anywhere else.

Kids Kreate is on Sunday October 14, 2018 - Sponsored by ATCO Electric Yukon

Kids Kreate is on Sunday October 14, 2018 - Sponsored by ATCO Electric Yukon

Kids Kreate is this Sunday October 14th from 1-4pm at the Yukon Arts Centre! Helen O’Connor will be showing us how to make leaf collage stained glass pieces out of wax paper. No registration required-this is a free kids community program. Dress for a mess. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Average kids age 4-12. This program is generously sponsored by ATCO Electric Yukon.

Now Hiring: Box Office Co-ordinator

Now Hiring: Box Office Co-ordinator

Position:  Box Office Co-ordinator
Status:   PSAC 40 hours per week/Flex Time Position

1) Summary
The Box Office Co-ordinator reports to the House Manager/Volunteer Co-ordinator and is responsible for supervising box office operations including being the lead box office representative at all Yukon Arts Centre events (which includes working evenings and weekends) supporting telephone and on line sales, and ensuring that Yukon Arts Centre Clients and patrons receive efficient, effective and friendly service.
The Box Office Co-ordinator also provides administrative support to the finance, rental booking, and marketing areas. The Box Office Co-ordinator will work closely with and support the finance department in all matters relating to Box Office financial transactions.

The Box Office Co-ordinator will be expected to work week nights and weekends between September to June. The position will work mostly during the day in July and August.

2) Position History:
This position was created in October 2012

3) Results to be achieved:
a) The work of the Box Office Co-ordinator supports the strategies and tactics of the three-year plan as defined by the CEO, and works with the finance, marketing, and administrative departments. 

b) Box Office:
i) Box Office will provide efficient, friendly, and accurate service to clients and patrons.
ii) Box Office will maintain accurate ticket and accounting records and will ensure that revenues are accounted for in a timely fashion.
iii) Phone calls, emails, social media posts, from clients and ticket patrons will be responded to in a timely fashion. All correspondence will be recorded and Clients and patrons will receive a high standard of service.
iv) Support efficient operation of ticketing software, both in house and on-line.
v) Remote Box Office locations (Old Fire Hall) will function effectively and will provide the same level of service as the Mainstage (YAC) Box Office.

c) Rentals
i) Bookings will provide efficient, friendly and accurate service to clients.
ii) Bookings will provide accurate and timely information to all departments about all facility use.
iii) Rental contracts and other documents will be prepared accurately and in timely fashion.


d) Communications/Finance
i) Provide consistent and transparent support to finance with all box office reports, transactions, and reconciliations.
ii) Provide consistent and timely support to marketing on all website, social media, and signage needs.

e) General
i) All policies and procedures related to Box Office, Accounting, Marketing, and Administration will be clearly and effectively followed and documented.
ii) Staff and volunteer satisfaction levels will be high.

4) Responsibilities/Duties:
a) Provide leadership to all direct reports
b) Attend all pertinent meetings, as assigned by the House Manager/Volunteer Co-ordinator
c) Perform very basic bookkeeping
d) Maintains filing system – Box Office, Accounting, Marketing
e) Performs clerical and other related duties as required

f) Reporting
i) Ensure that all box office financial records are maintained and all financial data is made available to finance in a timely fashion.
ii) Ensure that all client contracts are properly documented and that information flows effectively to other departments
iii) Track statistics annually that cover venue usage (YACC Mainstage, Lobby, Studio Theatre, Gallery, Old Fire Hall) for reporting purposes.
iv) File Socan payments related to YACC Presentation Series
v) File Re:Sound payments related to venue usage
vi) Maintain effective and accessible paper and electronic files documenting all rental contracts, ticketing contracts, client intake check lists and client intake information.

g) Financial
i) Ensure that all Box Office staff sign in and out of the software and that each completes their till closures accurately.
ii) Execute “end of day” procedures accurately and in a timely fashion.
iii) Provide timely box office reports to the finance department
iv) Provide support and back-up to finance department for Accounts Payable and Receivable
v) Provide support and back-up to finance department for Payroll
vi) Ensure that all cash handling policies are enforced. Make bank deposits when necessary.
vii) Ensure that financial policies and procedures are carefully adhered to.


h) Staff Training
i) Ensure that Box Office staff is adequately trained in customer service, ticketing software, and all box office processes.
ii) Ensure that the casual staff at the Old Fire Hall are fully trained on ticketing software and Box Office policies and procedures. Achieving this will require working with Casual staff during the evening shifts (training).

i) Scheduling and Bookings:
i) Receive event bookings and enter all bookings, “traditional” and new into the events calendar and ensure a paper copy of that calendar is kept up to date.
ii) Maintain master electronic and paper booking calendar and all supporting documentation. Ensure all calendars and schedules are prepared in a timely/accurate fashion with all pertinent information updated as required to the shared calendars with all pertinent contract and contact information
iii) Ensure that booking information is shared in a timely fashion with other departments.
iv) Ensure that “traditional” bookings are accurately tracked and respected.

j) Ticketing Software
i) Be the ticketing software lead and be able to train box office and other staff on how to use the software. Achieving this will require working with Casual staff during the evening shifts (training).
ii) Implementation of “new” ticketing software services as yet not utilized by Box Office and FOH and Bar.
iii) Ensure ticketing software files are backed up on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.
iv) Ensure that the ticketing software is kept up-to-date and that all updates are installed and tested in a timely fashion.

k) Marketing
i) Build and monitor social media events, postings, and customer feedback
ii) Build website event pages, calendar listings for YACC Mainstage, Gallery, Old Fire Hall and Rental Clients.
iii) Monitor and support all lobby signage, both print and digital.
iv) General administrative support as required.

l) Customer Service
i) Provide leadership in customer service to all front of house staff
ii) Ensure that all client handbooks, contracts, MOUs emphasise solutions and a positive client experience.

5) Supervision of staff
Direct supervision of Box Office staff and casual staff.

6) Dress:
a) Personal appearance of Box Office staff is an important part of a patron’s first impression of the Yukon Arts Centre; therefore the Box Office Manager will show leadership in personal appearance and will ensure that all Box Office staff are appropriately attired.

7) Qualifications:

1) Knowledge:
a) Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook (calendar function in particular)
b) Experience with ticketing software. (currently, Theatre Manager)
c) Mid level computer skills including an understanding of operating systems, basic networking, permissions and security.
d) Courses in Accounting
e) Bookkeeping experience will be an asset
f) Must provide a Criminal Record Check

2) Skills:
a) Great people skills and customer service
b) Demonstrated ability to perform multi tasks in an environment where priorities can change rapidly
c) Demonstrated ability to manage and operate a computerized sales & ticketing system
d) Good time management skills and the ability to anticipate and manage a changing workflow
e) Good oral and written communication skills
f) Strong computer, analytical and math skills, Windows 10, Excel, and Word
g) Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills
h) Demonstrated administrative and organizational skills
i) Demonstrated effective communication and problem solving skills

3) Abilities:
a) Ability to prioritize workload and work under peak load pressure to ensure deadlines are met
b) Maintain well-organized filing systems and work area
c) Provide service to clients in a respectful, sensitive, and confidential manner
d) Represent the charity to clients and the community in a professional manner


Status:   PSAC Position (Flex Time)

Rate of Pay: $22.24/hour increasing to $23.14 after completion of successful 6 month probation.

Annual Leave: As per Article 28 of the PSAC Collective Agreement

Hours of Work: 40 hours per week average (flex time)


Please submit Cover Letter and Resume to 

Deadline to apply is October 18, 2018