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Artwork Wednesday: Illustrate your Literary World

Artwork Wednesday: Illustrate your Literary World

The Grade 1 class at Ecole Emilie Tremblay created a unique and beautiful display of art for their very own exhibition in the ATCO Electric Yukon Youth Gallery this month.

The exhibition titled 'Illustre ton Monde Litteraire/Illustrate your Literary World' is on display for the month of February, and features the student’s own depictions of the themes of their favourite books and stories.

The artists began by drawing their background and then layered colour with pastels to create vibrant scenes reminiscent of magical stories and storylands. Popular themes include monsters, outer space, mermaids, farm animals and super heroes. The drawings are mounted on colorful paper and even feature portraits of the artists themselves, posing and placed into their own artistic worlds.

Visit the ATCO Electric Yukon Youth Gallery at the Yukon Arts Centre during the month of February to see this beautiful exhibition!

Vinyl Café: new date added to sold out show

Vinyl Café: new date added to sold out show

A third night of An Evening with Stuart McLean & The Vinyl Cafe has just been added to the Yukon Arts Centre’s June 2015 calendar.

Originally scheduled for a two-night run in Whitehorse, tickets for the popular live show sold out within a matter of hours. A third performance on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 has just been added to accommodate high demand.

Tickets for the June 3 show will go on sale Wednesday, February 18 at 10:00AM (PST).

The Yukon Arts Centre is thrilled to present this live performance of the iconic CBC Radio program as part of its 2015 B.C. and Alberta tour.

An Evening with Stuart McLean & the Vinyl Cafe
(Musical guest TBA)
Monday June 1, 2015, 7:30pm (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday June 2, 2015, 7:30pm (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday June 3, 2015, 7:30pm
Tickets: Adults $50, Youth (18 and under - ID required at the door) $35
Available at: YAC Box Office (867-667-8574), Arts Underground and

The Vinyl Cafe is a radio show heard on CBC Radio in Canada, on selected public radio stations in the United States, on Sirius Satellite Radio channel 169, on Podcast, and live online. The show is written and hosted by Stuart McLean and features stories, essays and music (both live and recorded).

The Vinyl Cafe stories are about Dave, owner of the second hand record store, and they are collected in books and on CD. The stories also feature Dave's wife, Morley, their two children, Sam and Stephanie, and assorted friends and neighbours.

Since 1998, McLean has toured with the Vinyl Cafe to theatres across Canada and the United States, playing towns from St. John's, Newfoundland to Whitehorse in the Yukon; from Bangor, Maine to Seattle, Washington. Over 2 million people listen to The Vinyl Cafe every weekend on CBC Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio and on a growing number of Public Radio stations in the United States. The program is also broadcast on an occasional basis on the BBC.

Behind-the-Scenes with YAC Staff: Matt Poushinsky

Behind-the-Scenes with YAC Staff: Matt Poushinsky

The front-of-house of any live venue/gallery is by definition ‘open to the public’, but that does not necessarily mean that the public is fully aware of the orchestra of staff and volunteers fine-tuning each visitor’s experience. The conductor of this front-of-house team is Matt Poushinsky, Yukon Arts Centres’ client services and volunteer coordinator. A man of many hats, Matt manages much more than just the bar and box office: his experience and expertise ensure that any presentation, event or exhibition runs smoothly from beginning to end.  With over eleven years here at YAC, he has been a jack-of-all-trades, doing everything from installing exhibitions to running the Old Fire Hall. We talked with Matt about his diverse duties and abiding passion for the arts and his community.

A Little Bit of Everything.

I oversee the operations of the Box Office and volunteers at YAC as well as act as a Bar Manager. I also liaise with our presenters and user groups to help plan and execute the numerous performances and events held in our different spaces.

Budgeting and planning for the Front of House services. Scheduling and planning of casual staff and volunteers for all events at YAC. Meeting with clients to help plan and execute events and performances of all kinds. Creating and implementing Policies and Procedures for the Box Office, Bar, volunteers and user groups. Ensuring training and Health and Safety standards are met for volunteers and FOH staff.

Varied… Any given day can see me work on multiple projects that go far beyond my established role of Client Services/Volunteer Coordinator such as working with our marketing department or programming team on planning events or setting up gallery exhibitions (often A/V installations). A day could include Client intake meetings, scheduling, training of staff/volunteers, website maintenance ( working a performance night and much more. It is not uncommon for me to work a 12+ hour day.

The community we serve. Working with such a vibrant and dynamic arts and culture community such as Whitehorse is always challenging and exciting. I have worked on a 1000+ events/festivals/performances/etc. over the years. I am endlessly amazed by our audience and volunteers. There seems to be a never ending well of support for arts and culture in our community.

I started working at YAC as a custodian about 11years ago and since then have worked in many different capacities such as Gallery Preparator, FOH manager, Coordinator of the Old Firehall, and a bunch more…honestly I have a really hard time picturing my life without being involved with the arts and culture community and YAC. Working in the arts is such a rewarding and fun career.

Our great community.

The White Stripes: It was a lot of fun hosting such a big name act. Seeing the wild response from our town (remember the free Lepage Park Concert) and the awesome show they put on here at YAC (check out the live DVD they put out of the tour “Under Great White Northern Lights”, lots of YAC footage in it). There have been tons of other events that were a blast to work on too – too many to mention.

The Yukon should have a Hip Hop Festival.

I volunteer as a Member of the FOG [Friends of the Gallery Society] board (current Chair) which juries the purchasing of pieces of visual art for the Yukon Permanent Art Collection. I also have been hosting a Hip Hop radio show The Underground Railroad on CJUC 92.5FM for the past 8 or so years.

Spending time with my wife Joanne and son Mikhail.

Artwork Wednesday     Hart to Heart: Reflections/Réflexions

Artwork Wednesday        Hart to Heart: Reflections/Réflexions

Is it what we feel that ultimately shapes how we live on the land? –Marten Berkman, 2015.

Visual artist, film maker, photographer and Whitehorse resident Marten Berkman’s 3D video installation ‘Hart to Heart: Reflections/Réflexions’ is a thoughtful and mesmerizing display, exhibited in the Community Gallery of the Yukon Arts Centre until February 28, 2015. A video installation in conjunction with the current Available Light Film Festival, this 30 minute video and sound piece is a meditation on the land, both natural and manufactured.

‘Hart to Heart’, a reference to the Yukon’s Peel Watershed and a journey down the Hart River is experienced wearing 3D glasses. Listening to a resonant soundscape sometimes ornamented with soft plucking guitar strings or deep, threatening drum beats, it accompanies and amplifies the emotional impact of the 3D video.

On an immersive journey through the Yukon landscape, the viewer is transported through opening and closing scenes, a dynamism that we can’t always keep up with.  Our fragmented experiences with natural landscapes are calming, but broken when our vision is disrupted by shining scrap metal projected in 3D towards us. The digital manipulation of the image of scrap metal creates a visceral effect- I felt a nervousness and threat by the break in such a calming natural landscape.

The beauty, simplicity and pure sensuousness of the changing landscapes, seasons, time and place in ‘Hart to Heart’ is a journey the viewer is privileged to experience.  Berkman manipulated remote sensing to actually bring the viewer into the work. The viewer’s silhouette is sensed and projected into the video screen through a remote technology- a beautiful contrast of cutting edge technology layered onto landscapes as old as time.

Marten Berkman has worked with video and photography for Canadian Geographic Magazine, the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and the National Film Board of Canada amongst others. His work is featured in private and public collections locally, nationally and internationally.

Berkman’s documentary ‘ Chasms of Silence’ was presented early in the ALFF schedule along with two other Yukon Documentaries. The short film is a chronicle of a passage through Baffin Island with sound by Jennifer Berezan and Tanya Tagaq and poetry by Anne Michaels.

To learn more about Berkman’s work, visit his website at:

Museum of Broken Relationships: Call for Donations in Yukon!

Museum of Broken Relationships: Call for Donations in Yukon!

Mannequin hands, Berlin, Germany
Permanent Collection of The Museum of Broken Relationships


The Museum of Broken Relationships, coming to the Yukon Arts Centre March 5, 2015, is now actively collecting anonymous stories and objects from Yukoner’s broken love stories.

Donations of objects of affection will form a part of the much-anticipated Yukon exhibition. Your ordinary objects will be viewed by hundreds of visitors to the Yukon Arts Centre, an opportunity for anything from exhibitionism to release of pent up emotion, revenge for a past break-up or a fresh start.

Winner of the 2011 Kenneth Hudson Award for ‘Most Innovative Museum in Europe’, the Museum of Broken Relationships manifesto states that donors have "a chance to overcome an emotional collapse through creation, by contributing to the museum's collection".

This international touring exhibition, originating in Croatia and with a history of over 32 exhibits in cities as diverse as Brussels, Mumbai, Tokyo, Houston, Cape Town, Belgrade, Singapore, and most recently San Francisco, is making Whitehorse its first date with Canada. Ever.

The Yukon Arts Centre has planned an exciting series of live theatre performances and programming with themes tying to the Museum of Broken Relationships exhibition.  You’ll love the full schedule we have planned.

The creative idea of displaying crowd-sourced objects of affection with heavy emotional resonance was hooked up by two Zagreb artists, filmmaker Olinka Vistica and designer and artist Drazen Grubisic, after their own relationship ended back in 2003. Years later, the artists collected objects left over from the relationship and got a few from friends too. The first exhibition was held in a container in Zagreb, Croatia.

Are you having trouble ‘moving on’ from a painful break-up? Vistica found that exhibiting personal objects can have a therapeutic effect. She spoke for BBC News, saying "The normal impulse is to destroy the mementos of a relationship in order to recover, but we thought of using creativity to overcome the pain of the experience and also remember the joy those objects once held for us.”

A can of love incense, 1994, Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Permanent Collection of The Museum of Broken Relationships

The collection captures all shades of emotion and many personalities. Some donations, like a pair of suspenders with the reflection "I never put them on. The relationship might have lasted longer if I had." are humorous.  A tin of love incense with the comment “doesn’t work” is slightly bitter. A blinking dog tag, consistent like a heartbeat, from a woman who committed suicide soon after giving it to her former partner, is devastatingly sad and profound.

The installation has a permanent home in Zagreb, Croatia and the collection has amassed over 1 400 objects thus far. The museum will be collecting donated objects from the Yukon, which will be displayed as a series in the upcoming March exhibition at the Yukon Arts Centre.

By donating your personal object, the Museum of Broken Relationships promises that your submission will be exhibited anonymously, with an accompanying summary, length and content decided by you. The museum accepts all kinds of donations, as diverse as they may be; think things like garden gnomes to mopeds to kinky handcuffs.  The more creative the better!

This exhibition of donated objects, including a collection of Yukon pieces will be on display at the Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery from March 5 until May 16 2015. Click this link to access the online donation form.

To learn more about the Museum of Broken Relationships, visit their website here.

To view the exhibition details, including the concurrent showing of Sonja Ahler’s War in Peace, click here.

To donate an object to the Museum of Broken Relationships, please fill in the donation form here.