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Last week to see the Northern Fibres Guild Exhibit in the Community Gallery

Last week to see the Northern Fibres Guild Exhibit in the Community Gallery

If you're stopping by YAC today to get your Blue Rodeo tickets, do take some time to meander through the beautiful exhibition by the Northern Fibres Guild  ‘Plants and Animals’ at the Yukon Arts Centre community gallery from Nov. 1-28, 2012.  The exhibtion is only up until Wednesday afternoon.  Do you knit, spin, weave, dye fabric, crochet, tat, sew or love fibre arts? You  may want to join the Northern Fibres Guild, info below. 

The Guild is a group of approximately 40 people who love creating with fibre and appreciate fine craftsmanship.

Established in 1974 as the Whitehorse Weavers and Spinners Guild, the Guild now includes spinners, knitters, weavers, felters, rug hookers, fabric dyers and painters, hand and machine embroiderers and those practicing other fibre arts such as basket making and surface design.

For 38 years the Guild has been promoting the fibre arts through education, demonstrations and displays. It is well known for presenting the Cranberry Fair each November, giving accomplished artists and craftspeople a venue to sell their work.

The Guild meets monthly except in the summer. It has an extensive library and a large collection of looms, spinning wheels and other equipment available for its members to rent. New members are welcomed throughout the year.

Each year, the Guild hosts one or two workshops, drawing on accomplished artists from within its membership or from within and outside the territory.

This juried show features the work of nine Guild members. Funding for this project was from the Arts Operating Fund, Yukon Department of Tourism and Culture, Mike Nixon, Minister, and with support from the Yukon Lotteries Commission. The Northern Fibres Guild is grateful for this ongoing support.

Blue Rodeo will do TWO shows in Whitehorse

Blue Rodeo will do TWO shows in Whitehorse






Doors:  4:30PM  Show:  5:30PM
Doors:  8:00PM  Show:  9:00PM


November 26 at 4pm: In-person ONLY from Yukon Arts Centre Box Office
(300 College Drive). Limit: 4 tickets per person.

November 27 at 10am onward: In-person at Yukon Arts Centre Box Office, Arts Underground, charge by phone 867-667-8574 and online at

Tickets (incl. GST) $71.00



Blue Rodeo have announced two back-to-back shows in Whitehorse, YT on January 3 to kick off their cross-Canada tour which celebrates the 25 years since the release of their debut album, Outskirts. Tickets for the Whitehorse shows will go on sale Monday, November 26 at 4pm.

Blue Rodeo emerged in the early 80’s as a countrified rock band in the era of hair metal and glossy pop.  Despite sticking out like a sore thumb (or maybe because of it), their single “Try” became omni-present on radio across Canada and set in motion a three decade long career of headlining every club, theatre and arena in Canada.  In 1993, when grunge rock was squeezing commercial rock off the radio, they recorded their most acoustic album, Five Days In July, and scored their biggest hit selling over a half million copies of that one record alone. 

Over the course of the next 20 years, Blue Rodeo has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, sold over 4 million records, won an unprecedented 5 Juno awards as Group of the Year, been handed keys to the City of Toronto and given a Star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.  But for them, the accolades and awards pale in comparison to the good fortune of being musicians. 

“I think that’s the testament – to really do it for a living,” says Jim Cuddy reflecting on all that has happened to the band. “Not just live the life of a popular band but to actually create music for a living.”

On October 16th, the band celebrated its legacy with the release of a Blue Rodeo: 1987-1993, a box set of their first 5 albums fully re-mastered and repackaged, plus a fully remixed Outskirts, Casino Demos and an Odds & Ends package.

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Youth Gallery Exhibition: Defining Moments

Youth Gallery Exhibition: Defining Moments

We invite you to attend the opening reception tonight at 5:30 and to view the exhibition of national youth artists, in the youth gallery,  Defining Moments.  Last summer, the Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery sent Jessica Vellenga, Community Engagement for the Visual Arts to Toronto for training to facilitate workshops on Canadian identity for local youth.  Three workshops were held locally. The workshops were created TakingITGlobal, which aims to inspire and engage Canadian youth in their community.   Defining Moments: Discovering our Canadian Stories is a national digital media arts and citizenship project aimed at engaging youth across Canada to explore, express and showcase their divers perspectives on Canadian identity.

TakingITGlobal - a nonprofit based in Toronto, has been running Defining Moments since January 2011. With support from Canadian Heritage, TIG engaged youth in every province and territory to reflect on their identity on a national and local scale. Out of the 700 plus submissions the images in this room represent the jury selected artworks that are appearing in every province and territory in Canada.

The subject matter ranges from immigration, to sport, to native tradition as well as storytelling and mixed identities. Each artwork is accompanied by a statement to support the work and although this exhibit consists of reproductions there are 8 mediums represented.

Please add to the narrative by filling out a maple leaf with your personal defining moment and adding it to the tree. I also urge you all to vote on your favourite work. The ballots serve two purposes - to honour the artist who's artwork spoke to the public the most as well as, and less romantically, to gather demographic information so that projects like this can continue to happen in Canada.

For more information, check out their website, full of artist interviews and even though the contest is closed, we invite you to continue submitting work to our Global Gallery, to enrich and grow the national dialogue that has been sparked so far!

Art Talk at the Old Fire Hall: Oh Canada, an exhibition by MASS MOcCA

Art Talk at the Old Fire Hall: Oh Canada, an exhibition by MASS MOcCA

Please join us for a panel discussion discussion of the exhibition Oh Canada, currently on display at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art ( MASS MoCA). The panel will feature Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery Director Mary Bradshaw, and Yukon artists Joseph Tisiga and Tytus Hardy.

The largest survey of contemporary Canadian art ever produced outside Canada, Oh Canada features work by more than 60 artists who hail from every province and nearly every territory in the country, spanning multiple generations and working in all media. MASS MoCA's curator Denise Markonish spent the last three years crisscrossing Canada to view hundreds of exhibitions in museums and galleries, visiting over 400 artists' studios, and making connections with a full range of artists working in Canada today.

Just Announced - Deals for upcoming shows!

Just Announced - Deals for upcoming shows!

Hello Everyone,

Turns out we have deals for three of our upcoming shows!


We would like to announce a PREVIEW NIGHT for Arts Club Theatre's Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata!

Tuesday, November 13th, 8:00 PM at the Yukon Arts Centre. Tickets are $17, a savings of $15!

By Bill Richardson and Veda Hille - YOUR PERSONAL ADS, SET TO MUSIC! - Selling, buying, wanting, longing. Come and take a look at the vagaries and intimacies of the Internet.


We are also offering a new deals for our Art Lover's Members! Yukon Arts Centre will be co-presenting with L'Association Franco-Yukonnaise Lisa LeBlanc and Mara Tremblay at the Old Fire Hall

Art Lover's Members and AFY members will receive a $3 discount. - Seating is limited and tickets are already moving fast!

LIsa LeBlanc - Nov. 27th, 7:30 PM at the Old Fire Hall - is a New Brunswick native with a "folk-trash" feel. Opening for Lisa will be Whitehorse's own Guy Cormier

Mara Tremblay - Nov. 30th, 7:30 PM at the Old Fire Hall is a classic chanteuse style Montreal musician/singer and novelist. Her first album, Le Chihuahua, won three Felix awards. Opening for Mara will be Blue Hibou (Kim Barlow, Hélène Beaulieu and Micah Smith).