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3rd Annual Yukon Arts Audience Awards - Winners Announced!

3rd Annual Yukon Arts Audience Awards - Winners Announced!

After over a month of receiveng nominations and voting (with a very successful Magnetic North Festival smack dab in the middle of it all) we are very pleased to announce the winners of this years YAA Awards!

Thanks to everyone for their nominations, voting, and feedback. We look forward to doing it all again next year! In the meantime, there are a ton of incredible events happening throughout the rest of the summer. Get out there, enjoy that midnight sun, and explore all that our amazing territory has to offer!

Once again, congratulations to all the nominees and winners. We want to acknowledge everyone that contributes to making the Yukon a fun and vibrant place to work, play, and live!

Without further ado... 

WHITEHORSE Favourite Music Performance

1. Lemon Bucket Orkestra: Return of Spring, April 2016 at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre
2. TIE!

Whitehorse Community Choir: The Last Horizon, May 2015 at the Yukon Arts Centre
Ryan McNally: Stepping Down South CD release, April 2016 at the Old Fire Hall
Michael Feuerstack, Devon Sproule, and Old Cabin, July 2015 at Splintered Craft

3. TIE!

Fawn Fritzen: Pairings CD release, April 2016 at the Old Fire Hall
Jazz Yukon: James Danderfer Trio, November 2015 at the Yukon Arts Centre

DAWSON CITY Favourite Music Performance

1. Dawson City Music Festival, July 2015

WHITEHORSE Favourite Theatre Production

1. L’Immediat: Yukon Arts Centre and Nakai Theatre (Pivot Festival), January 2016 at the Yukon Arts Centre
2. Tomboy Survival Guide: Ivan Coyote and the Yukon Arts Centre, September 2015 at the Yukon Arts Centre
3. TIE!

The Improv Project: The Guild, March 2016 at the Guild
Often I Find that I Am Naked: Larrikin Entertainment, January - February 2016 at the Courts
Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead: The Guild, September - October 2015 at the Guild

WHITEHORSE Favourite Dance Production

1. CypherFest: Leaping Feats, August 2015 at the Yukon Arts Centre
2. Eunoia: Fujiwara Dance Inventions and the Yukon Arts Centre, October 2015 at the Yukon Arts Centre
3. TIE!

March Break Extravaganza, Leaping Feats, March 2016 at Leaping Feats
How the Grinch Stole Winter: MAD (Music, Art, and Drama), December 2015 at Wood Street  School

TESLIN Favourite Dance Production

1. Dakhka Kwaan Dancers, Teslin Cultural Centre, July 2015

WHITEHORSE Favourite Solo Visual Arts Exhibition

1. Shaping Haidi Gwaii: Neil Graham, September - November 2015 at the Yukon Arts Centre Main Gallery
2. TIE!

Veiled Hoods and Stains: Cal Lane, December 2015 - February 2016 at the Yukon Arts Centre Main Gallery
Les Oiseaux de Nuit: Virginie Hamel, January 2016 at Focus Gallery (Arts Underground)

3. First Hole IBC: Death Prophecy Denied: Joseph Tisiga, March - May 2016 at the Yukon Arts Centre Main Gallery

DAWSON CITY Favourite Solo Visual Arts Exhibition

1. Ommatidia Muralis: Andrew John Milne & Chantal Dupas, March 2016 at The Odd Gallery

WHITEHORSE Favourite Group Visual Arts Exhibition

1. Rock Paper Scissors: Southern Lake Artist Collective, September 2015 at the Focus and Edge Galleries (Arts Underground)
2. Arctic Adaptations - Nunavut at 15: Canada’s Entry into the 2014 Venice Bienelle in Architecture, June - August 2015 at the Yukon Arts Centre Main Gallery
3. New Acquisitions 2015: Friends of the Yukon Permanent Art Collection, various dates, various locations

WHITEHORSE Favourite Film Presentation

1. Room: Available Light Film Festival, February 2016 at the Yukon Arts Centre
2. Brooklyn: Available Light Film Festival, February 2016 at the Yukon Arts Centre
3. KONELINE (our land beautiful): Available Light Film Festival, February 2016 at the Yukon Arts Centre

DAWSON CITY Favourite Film Presentation

1. International Short Film Festival, KIAC, Oddfellows Hall, April 2016

ATLIN Favourite Film Presentation

1. A Band Called Death, Atlin Arts and Music Festival, July 2015 at the Globe Theatre

WHITEHORSE Favourite Art Happening

1. Bruce’s Big Bash: Bruce Bergman and Friends, May 2015 at Robert Service Campground
2. Mural: Splintered Craft, April 2016 at the Jamieson’s Building
3. TIE!

Battle of the Books: Terry Fallis, Northern Lights Writer’s Conference and Yukon Literacy  Coalition, January 2016 at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre
Cluster Resonance: Jordy Walker, Whitehorse Nuit Blanche, June 2015 at the Roundhouse

DAWSON CITY Favourite Art Happening

1. Dawson City International Short Film Festival, April 2016 at KIAC
2. Doily Webs: Nicole Bauberger and Jessica Vellenga, Tombstone Arts Residency, August 2015 in Tombstone Territorial Park

WHITEHORSE Favourite Art for Social Change

1. Walking With Our Sisters: various artists, April 2015 at KDCC and YAC
2. TIE!

Ukjese van Kampen Photography: April 2016 at YAC Community Gallery
Our Global Village: Selkirk Elementary School Wide Art Project, March 2016 at ATCO Electric  Youth Gallery (YAC)

WHITEHORSE Favourite Family Event

1. Winterval
2. Kids Kreate


1. Available Light Film Festival
2. Northern Lights Writers Conference
3. Banff Mountain Film Festival

ATLIN Best Fest

1. Atlin Arts and Music Festival

DAWSON Best Fest

1. TIE!
Dawson City Music Festival
Dawson City International Short Film Festival

Lifetime Achievement Award:

1. Bruce Bergman
2. TIE! Jim Robb / Andrea McColeman / Gary Bailie
3. John Steins

Volunteer of the Year

1. Donald Watt
2. Kim Winnicky
3. Duncan Sinclair

Emerging Artist of the Year

1. Calla Paleczny (Calla Kinglit)
2. Soda Pony
3. Genevieve Doyon

Arts Administrator of the Year

1. Laurel Parry
2. Duncan Sinclair
3. TIE! Michele Emslie / Kim Winnicky

Local Celebrity

1. Ivan Coyote
2. Nicole Edwards
3. Ryan McNally

Honourable Mentions

The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival was a late nomination for Best Fest.

Whitehorse Community Choir's Sounds of Africa, the Guild's Cannibal the Musical, Gwaandak Theatre's Paradise, the Yukon Arts Centre's presentation of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's Moulin Rouge, and Dan Bushnell's late-night art installation at Midnight Sun Coffee Roaster all received nominations in various categories. These events all occured outside the date range for this year's awards, but they definitely deserve a shout out anyway!

The Adaka Festival was nominated but did not make it on to the voting page due to human error; we regret this mistake and want to give a shout out anyway to the amazing Adaka festival!

Last but not least (this isn't an honourable mention but) we apologize for any spelling errors that occured on the voting page; we corrected all misspellings that were brought to our attention immidiately!

Voter and Nominator Comments

“Thanks for all the wonderful things that make our community full of cultural events. We are rich, and consequently our children become rich with opportunity to explore, perform, and step up.”

“So much superb talent and so many wonderful volunteers!”

“Looking forward to more arts presentations in Carcross so will have more nominations in future years”

“Anything Ivan Coyote does is gold.”

“Brooklyn – fabulous film! Bravo to the Arts Centre / Film Festival for bringing this to Whitehorse.”

“Helen O’Connor never fails to inspire everyone and delivers arts activities that all ages enjoy.”

“Kim Winnicky is pretty impressive...”

“[Favourite volunteer is] any of the front of house managers!”

“Gary Johnson of the Dakha Kwaan dancers [is] a wonderful ambassador for the Yukon.”

“Love the arts and culture in this town.”

3rd Annual Yukon Arts Audience Awards - Nominations Open!

3rd Annual Yukon Arts Audience Awards - Nominations Open!


Here’s how it works: anyone can nominate any of their favourite arts happenings of the 2015-16 season (between May 1, 2015 and April 30, 2016). 

Artists, performers, companies, presenters, volunteers, and enthusiasts are all encouraged to nominate something you made or something you loved.

The awards recognize people's favourite arts events of each community in the following categories:











The YAA Awards are an opportunity for Yukoners across the territory to think back on arts experiences from the past year, and celebrate the cultural richness of our communities. Help keep the conversations flowing about the events that have been meaningful to you!

Yukon artists, presenters, venues, volunteers and art lovers are all encouraged to submit their events, spread the word and come back to vote for their favourite events!


Events must have taken place in Yukon between May 1, 2015 and April 30, 2016. Local and visiting artists alike are eligible, so long as they presented work here in the Yukon.

You can nominate events for as many or as few categories as you like.

YAA Award Winners Announced!

YAA Award Winners Announced!

We have the official list of 2013-2014 YAA Award Winners!

Thank you everyone for participating - It has been a blast! 
Below you will find the winners ordered by the community in which the events happened, as well as comments about people's all time favourite events of the year and volunteers they would like to recognize!

Congratulations to all the winners and a big applause to everyone who make these amazing events happen!

If you are a winner and would like to get a certificate, contact


Best Arts Festival

  1. Atlin Music Festival
Dawson City:

Best Music Performance

  1. The Cost of Doing Business  Odd Fellows Hall
  2. Naysayers, Palace Grand Theatre
  3. Wanda Jackson, Palace Grand Theatre

Best Music – Jazz Performance

  1. Claire Ness & Declan O'Donovan, Palace Grand Theatre
  2. Kellylee Evans Trio, Odd Fellows Hal

Best Performance by Emerging Artist

  1. Old Cabin, Palace Grand Theatre
  2. Cousins, SOVA

Best Solo Exhibition

  1. Rebekah Miller, “Skins” Odd Gallery
  2. Sarah Fuller, “The Homecoming, Bear Creek/Odd Gallery

Best Group Exhibition

  1. Gallery Hop, Yukon Riverside Arts Festival
  2. SOVA Students Exhibition, SOVA an KIAC

Best Art Happening

  1. The League of Lady Wrestlers Hobo Showdown
  2. Youth Art Enrichment, KIAC
  3. The Experimental Sound & Music Stage (Aaron Burnie, Bear, Sauna Music, Chad VanGaalen, Peter Cox, Epikurs Euforie), The Yukon School of Visual Arts

Best Art for Social Change

  1. The Hours That Remain,  Gwaandak Theatre and New Harlem Productions, Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre

Best Family Event

  1. Community Coffehouse Series, KIAC 
  2. Cats produced by Jack Amos, KIAC

Best Arts Festival

  1. Dawson City Music Festival
  2. Yukon Riverside Art Festival
  3. International Short Film Festival
Haines Junction

Best Music Performance

  1. David Myles, St Elias Convention Centre
  2. The Gin Swings Valentine’s Cabaret, St Elias Convention Centre

Best Classical Performance

  1. Yadong Guan Trio, St Elias Convention Centre

Best Jazz Performance

  1. The Simpson Syncopater’s Yukon Swing Dance Project, Haines Junction Convention Centre
  2. Kellylee Evans Trio, Haines Junction Convention Centre

Best Group Exhibition

  1. Encounters with the Sublime: Kluane National Park and Reserve through the lenses of Sebastião Salgado and Bradford Washburn, Atrium of St. Elias Convention Centre

Best Performance by Emerging Artist

  1. Swing Dance

Best Music Performance

  1. Mayo Arts Society Coffee House

Best Group Exhibition

  1. Retrospective

Best Family Event

  1. Mary McMahon Talent Show

Best Arts Festival

  1. Mayo Arts Festival
Mount Lorne

Best Performance by Emerging Artist

  1. Mountain Music, “Open Mic,” Mount Lorne Community Centre

Best Jazz Performance

  1. The Simpson Syncopater’s Yukon Swing Dance Project, Mount Lorne Community Centre
Watson Lake

Best Jazz Performance

  1. The Simpson Syncopater’s Yukon Swing Dance Project, Watson Lake Recreation Centre

Best Dance Performance

  1. Go Nuts! Extremely Moving Youth Society, Yukon Arts Centre
  2. Danse Lhasa Danse, Coup de Coeur Francophone & PPS Danse, Yukon Arts Centre
  3. Nutcracker, Northern Lights School of Dance, Yukon Arts Centre

Best Theatre Performance

  1. Jenny Hamilton, Yukon Gold Comics 2, The Guild Hall
  2. Book Of Esther, The Guild Hall
  3. (Tied) Cripple of Inishmaan, The Guild Hall and You Should Have Stayed Home: A G20 Romp, Praxis Theatre, Yukon Arts Centre

Best Music Performance

  1. The Cost of Doing Business - Headless Owl Records, Yukon Arts Centre
  2. The Mourning After, Sunstroke Music Festival 2013, Shipyards Park
  3. Dave Haddock CD Release Concert, Yukon Arts Centre

Best Classical Performance

  1. Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Yukon Arts Centre
  2. Borealis String Quartet, Yukon Arts Centre
  3.  Classical Territory, "Pictures at An Exhibition" (Whitehorse Community Orchestra led by Henry Klassen), Yukon Arts Centre

Best Jazz Performance

  1. Brandon Isaak CD Release "Here On Earth", Old Fire Hall
  2. Nicole Edwards y Los Osos, Jazz in the Hall, Old Fire Hall
  3. David Bruce Haddock, Jazz in the Hall, Old Fire Hall

Best Performance by Emerging Artist

  1. Fawn Fritzen, Yukon Arts Centre
  2. Big Mama Lele, Yukon Arts Centre Studio
  3. The Midnight Sons, Sunstroke Music Festival, Frostbite, BYTE Battle of the Bands, Mt. Mac and Paddy’s Place

Best Solo Exhibition

  1. Rosemary Scanlon "The Rose Parade" Yukon Arts Centre
  2. Ken Anderson "Reflections on Form" Yukon Arts Centre
  3. Jane Isakson "From the Outer Edges" Yukon Arts Centre

Best Group Exhibition

  1. “Traversing Yukon Landscapes", Yukon Arts Centre
  2. "Featured Features", Hannah Jickling led project, Yukon Arts Centre
  3. "Planted", by Lyn Fabio and Sheila Alexandrovich, Arts Underground

Best Art Happening

  1. Art Under Pressure, Shipyards Park, Yukon Arts Centre
  2. (Tied) Burning Away The Winter Blues, SS Klondike to Robert Service Campground and Whitehorse Skeleton Parade, Downtown Streets
  3. Open Mic Comedy, Jarvis Street Saloon

Best Art for Social Change

  1. The Hours That Remain, Gwaandak Theatre and New Harlem Productions, Yukon Arts Centre
  2. Playin For The Peel - Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre
  3. Slam Homophobia, PSAC Pride Committee, Old Fire Hall

Best Family Event

  1. Arts In the Park
  2. Youth Showcase with Graeme Peters & Speed Control, Epic Pizza
  3. Sugar Shack, Shipyards Park

Best Arts Festival

  1. Available Light Film Festival, Various Venues
  2. Sunstroke Music Festival, Shipyards Park
  3. Rotary Music Festival, Yukon Arts Centre

All time favourite arts event of the year

Huff at the Pivot Festival - It was just an amazing story and performance, very funny, moving and dynamic!
Available Light Film Festival - screenings, the question and answer sessions with the filmmakers.
Atlin Music Festival - Always great!!
     - Location and the variety of music
     - Great music and art but it retains that small-festival friendliness and ease.
     - Something for every age, a beautiful location and great music.
Old Cabin at Palace Grande at DCMF
The Grand Seduction screening at ALFF 2014
The Hours That Remain - a very powerful message.
David Myles - He was amazing and so entertaining.
Because I am a Girl Concert - It was fundraiser organized by 7 14-16 year old girls. The talent was phenomenal for a mere $10 entrance fee. The community support was remarkable and people were standing for the entire concert. People came expecting a "nice little concert" and were blown away by the talent they saw!
Big Mama Lele - Stage presence
The God That Comes with Hawksley Workman - An experience unlike any other, completely immersive and engaging me at a level deeper than all but a few shows I've ever seen. Words really don't suffice to describe the experience.
     - Amazing solo performance, imaginative use of set, props, music.
Aybrid - The most amazing show to hit Whitehorse.
Whitehorse Community Orchestra - It was created totally from local classical and jazz musicians and was a "first" for the Yukon.
Slam-homophobia because it including a variety of performers for age 12 and up and carries important messages for social change.
Haa Koosteey in Teslin - An authentic cultural experience
Playin' For The Peel at the KCDD Feb 9 - It was -30, on a dark Sunday night in February, and it was so enthusiastically attended by talented musicians donating their voices, volunteers, and over 400 people from all circles of our community... People gathering for change in the longhouse - art in its most powerful form!
Yukon Gold Comics 2 - I'll admit I'm a little biased, this having been my first show as Artistic Director for The Guild Society, but seeing Jenny Hamilton hypnotized into doing a stripper routine is an event that will never happen again!
Cost of Doing Business - Super unique, and an incredible collaboration between Yukon artists and outside artists.
    - So many great artists and a really well run show
DCMF every time!!!
Whitehorse Skeleton Parade - Because it was outside and totally different
     - It was the first year it was organized and it was so amazing to have lots of people come together dressed up and dancing in the downtown streets at night all lit up
The Hobo Showdown in Dawson City - The DIY nature of the event and the incredible participation of all the wrestlers and trainers made it amazing.
    - Fun times!
Leaping Feats shows, so much talent and chance to show youth talent
    - Go Nuts! So many local youth!!
    - Go Nuts Student Choreography showcase - youth choreographing their own works and performing them for an appreciative audience
Whitehorse Concerts Guitar Quartet
Danse Lhasa Danse - It was so great to hear Lhasa music on stage after all these years
    - Lots of memories. Good memories. Beautiful show, I was really moved by the singers. We really feel her spirit in the venue.
FebFest '14 at Epic Pizza. 16 acts in 4 days, all local and all FREE!
Epic Pizza Youth Showcase!
The Nutcracker! -  I was impressed by the quality and ability of dance that was demonstrated and the story was told so well!
Northern Scene on Ottawa - I was so happy I was able to travel from Montreal to attend. I saw Ramshackle Theatre's Sci-Fi Double Feature performance and I loved it! Got to see the dolls and the gallery exhibitions by Yukon artists. It was incredible to see people I knew showcasing their work to such a big audience!
Whitehorse Concerts - Classically Yours. Amazing local talent from String Quartet and local orchestra. Unbelievable. Proud to be a Yukoner.
- It was the closest thing to an home grown orchestra the Yukon has had yet, and it was excellent.
- The Classical Territory event
Diana Panton & Canadian Jazz Masters - The incredibly talented band fronted by a alluring vocalist who won us over with her intimate and personal song interpretations.
Terminus - One of best pieces of theatre I have ever seen
Leaping Feats and Northern Lights dance shows, those dancers are so talented
TJ Dawe's Medicine - One of the most amazing shows, it really made me think about what I'm doing with my life and how I'd like to change it for the better.

Volunteers the community wanted to recognize!

All of them!
Jordi Jones! Sunstroke is a great event!
Chris Ross, Yukon Film Society
Victoria Kennedy, Yukon Film Society
Susanne Hingley
Erica Heyligers who provided the assistance for the sound for the concert and did an amazing job.
The Guild Board. Lots of events and they are always there to make it happen.
Stephanie Hammond
Lisa Vollans - Dedicated to helping make the Yukon a safer community for her queer family! smile
Paul Davis
Jenny Hamilton - As General Manager of The Guild, she crams in ridiculous amounts of hours, going above and beyond her regular duties to make sure shows run smoothly, while maintaining her own comedy career. Extremely supportive, hard-working and committed. Or she should "be" committed? Either way - Jenny is awesome!
Peter Menzies in Dawson City
Duncan Sinclair, Jazz Yukon and many other arts groups in Whitehorse
Corinna Warren
Dean Tower
Claire Ness - Her personality brings the events she helps with a new level of fun excitement and fun
Kasey Rae Anderson
Agnes Riediger - Attendance taker for the Sopranos
Renée Claude-Carrier
Stéphane Ruest - Always present at art events and willing to lend a hand plus a few Haikus
Debbie Thomas for the Out North Film Festival!
Erin Corbett
Hilary Wilkinson - Yukon Arts Centre

Who Voted?

75% Fans
34% Artists
12% Presenter/Organization


Yukon Arts Audience Awards Poll is Now Open: First Annual YAA Awards!

Yukon Arts Audience Awards Poll is Now Open: First Annual YAA Awards!

We're trying something new at the Yukon Arts Centre. There are so many amazing arts and culture events in the Yukon and we want to celebrate! The YAA Awards is a community-generated online poll where anyone can vote for their favourite arts events and festivals in the Yukon.

Pick your favourite events and we'll count up the votes and announce the top three of each category on Thursday, May 29, 2014. The awards will recognize the best arts events of each community.
There were 56 submissions by fans, presenters and artists from all over the Yukon.

What we're most excited about this process:

All the votes you make and all the opinions you share are conversation starters. They get people to think about all the great things the Yukon has to offer. Let’s keep the conversations flowing about these meaningful events and celebrate the cultural richness of our communities

You can vote below and share this link with your friends

You'll have until May 26th to submit your vote!

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