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“The Artist’s Journey” Chilkoot Trail International Residency Expands for 2013

“The Artist’s Journey” Chilkoot Trail International Residency Expands for 2013


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Three intrepid artists will each spend two weeks each journeying over the Chilkoot Trail this summer, pursuing their art and interacting with hikers as they go. On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, the Yukon Arts Centre has expanded its funding for its partnership with Parks Canada, the US National Park Service and Alaska Geographic to include a local artist as well as an American and a Canadian artist.

The program, in its third year, had its largest pool of applicants thus far – almost 100 artists applied for the three spots. We are delighted to announce this year’s artists:

July 4 – 17, 2013
Cassandra Loomis, a muralist and watercolour artist from Annandale, Virginia, will focus her efforts on painting people she meets on the Chilkoot Trail and will offer workshops for hikers along the way. An active traveller and mountaineer, she has been to 6 continents including Antarctica, and she is eagerly anticipating her first visit to the North.

July 10 – 23, 2013
Nicole Bauberger is the artist chosen to represent the Alaska/Yukon region. Nicole is developing a national reputation for her oil landscapes and the 100 Dresses and Road Paintings series. Nicole will continue the latter projects on the Trail and will offer tips to hikers on working in acrylics. Nicole’s work can be viewed at

August 10 – 23
Kara Sievewright is a graphic artist and writer from the West Coast but currently living in Toronto, who has exhibited her comics and books internationally. On the Chilkoot Trail, she will collect stories from hikers then create an accordion book about her experiences. See

All three artists will offer presentations or workshops in Skagway before and in Whitehorse soon after their residencies.

For the Yukon Arts Centre, these artist residencies are a way of fostering the Yukon’s creative and cultural economy. This program develops ties with tourism, extends it programs to remote areas of our territory, and brings a new and a broader audience in contact with contemporary artists. The program provides a stimulating working experience for artists and encourages art making that challenges the boundaries of creativity and medium exploration.

The program fulfils outreach goals for Parks Canada as well. It enriches the experience of Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site for visitors, and it brings awareness of the Trail and its stories to a wide range of local and urban audiences. Artists are uniquely able to transmit this awareness in powerful and different ways.

For further information contact:

Mary Bradshaw, Gallery Director
Yukon Arts Centre

Kate Alexander, Public Outreach Education Officer
Parks Canada, Yukon Field Unit


Trois artistes intrépides passeront deux semaines à parcourir la piste Chilkoot cet été, se consacrant à leur art tout en se mettant à la portée des randonneurs rencontrés sur le sentier. À l’occasion de son 20e anniversaire, le Centre des arts du Yukon a augmenté son financement de façon à pouvoir inclure dans son programme un artiste local, un artiste américain et un artiste canadien, en partenariat avec Parcs Canada, le service des parcs nationaux des États-Unis et le magazine Alaska Geographic.

Ce programme, qui entame sa troisième année, n’avait jamais encore reçu un aussi grand nombre de candidatures : presque 100 artistes ont tenté leur chance d’obtenir une des trois places proposées. Nous sommes ravis d’annoncer le nom des artistes retenues cette année :

Du 4 au 17 juillet 2013 
Cassandra Loomis, muraliste et aquarelliste d’Annandale, en Virginie (U.S.A.), axera son travail sur la peinture des gens qu’elle rencontrera sur la piste Chilkoot et offrira des ateliers aux randonneurs le long du sentier. Voyageuse et alpiniste active qui s’est déjà rendue sur les six continents, notamment en Antarctique, Cassandra a hâte de se rendre pour la première fois dans le Nord.

Du 10 au 23 juillet 2013
Nicole Bauberger est l’artiste sélectionnée pour représenter la région Alaska-Yukon. Nicole a acquis une réputation nationale grâce à ses peintures à l’huile sur des thèmes paysagers, à sa série des 100 robes et à sa séquence de peintures exécutées le long de la route. Elle continuera à travailler sur ce dernier thème le long de la piste Chilkoot et conseillera les randonneurs sur la peinture à l’acrylique. Vous pouvez consulter ses œuvres sur

Du 10 au 23 août 2013
Kara Sievewright, graphiste et auteure de la côte Ouest résidant actuellement à Toronto, a touché un public international avec ses bandes dessinées et ses livres. Sur la piste Chilkoot, elle recueillera les histoires des randonneurs, pour créer ensuite un livre-accordéon retraçant ses expériences. Voir

Ces trois artistes animeront des présentations ou des ateliers à Skagway, avant leur résidence, puis à Whitehorse, peu après leur retour.

Par ces résidences d’artistes, le Centre des arts du Yukon souhaite encourager l’économie créative et culturelle du Yukon. À travers ce programme, des liens se créent avec le tourisme, les régions éloignées de notre territoire sont mises en valeur et un public nouveau et plus large découvre des artistes contemporains. Les artistes y trouvent l’occasion d’une expérience de travail stimulante et un encouragement à poursuivre un travail où ils peuvent se dépasser pour développer leur créativité et explorer davantage leurs moyens d’expression.

Ce programme atteint aussi les objectifs de Parcs Canada de développement de la sensibilisation du public. L’expérience que font les visiteurs du lieu historique national de la Piste-Chilkoot se trouve enrichie et un vaste public local ou urbain peut découvrir la piste et son histoire. Les artistes ont une manière unique, percutante et diverse de transmettre ce qu’ils ressentent dans ces lieux.

Pour tous renseignements complémentaires, communiquer avec :

Mary Bradshaw, directrice de galerie
Centre des arts du Yukon

Kate Alexander, agente, éducation du public en diffusion externe
Unité de gestion du Yukon
Parcs Canada

Risky Business: Inside Look at how Performing Arts directors choose what you see

Risky Business: Inside Look at how Performing Arts directors choose what you see

If you've ever wanted to know the kind of vision that goes into developing a festival or a performing arts season--now is the time for you to find out?  How DO these few people decide WHICH shows will sell in the Yukon?  What helps make their decisions?  Do they hand out surveys asking YOU questions?  Or do they have an insight to Whitehorse patrons that we don't know?  Is it a Crystal Ball?  Or is it a lot of planning and  designing that goes into making these decisions?

When putting together a major festival like Frostbite, or ALFF, or Pivot---is it just a combination of artist availability and price? 

How would you decide which music acts might be popular in the Yukon? 

Is Taste shared?

Can one person KNOW what YOU might like? 

Well, someone has to make those choices in organizations.  You have to have someone(s) in every performing arts organization that makes the kind of fortune-telling guesses that create a successful season.  How do they do it?  What are they thinking about when they decide?  Are they trying to mold your preferences, or are they molded BY your preferences? 

Get inside the minds of four Artistic Directors from Nakai, Yukon Arts Centre, Frostbite, Yukon Film Society and Gwaandak Theatre (yes, four people, five organizations).  Find out how they make choices. Remember, all five are non-profit organizations that exist on grants as well as on ticket sales, aiming to please granting agencies, boards as well as patrons. 

Maybe you'd like to be an Artistic Director someday.  Maybe you just want to know who's to credit for bringing in a show you LOVED (or why they brought one you HATED).  Maybe you just want to know WHAT THEY'RE THINKING.

The Mind of the Artistic Director.  It is a fascinating place.  Starring Eric Epstein, David Skelton, Patti Flather and Andy Connors--moderated by Miche Genest.

For this panel discussion, the Artistic Directors may reveal their tips, their tricks, their thoughts, their fears, their best and worst moments, and how complicated it all is choosing what comes to the Yukon.

Come join us!  Bring questions!  Find out HOW IT ALL WORKS (or doesn't).... WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 5:30pm, OLD FIRE HALL.

We Look For Fire

We Look For Fire


We are compelled to gather around fires.  Ever since the dawn of mankind, people have been gathering wherever they see a fire—it signified community, food, warmth, survival.  In the wilderness, a fire was the difference between life and death.  But it was also a place where we shared our community, our culture—and shared stories that lit our imaginations. 

We are compelled to gather in the dark around these fires.  Going to the theatre has become a way for us to sit back in the dark, anonymous, not on stage, but still receive something personal and intimate from the lights and the performance, still feel the community in the flickering stage lights.  It’s primal, this gathering—and we will do it in high school gymnasiums, in living rooms, at bonfires, at summer camps, at bars—and yes, when we kindle the desire to create a permanent space for the Arts, we gather there—in those halls, galleries, black boxes, stages and cinemas. 

And there, we still look for fire. 

We look for something to inspire us.   To make us excited.  To make us smile.  Or cringe, or jump, or dance, or remember, or change.  We look for a mirror and we look for a portal and we look to travel there and back again.  What happens on a stage transforms us because it’s in our cultural and historical DNA---we are ready to receive story, ready to recognize ourselves, ready to meet new ideas, ready to open our hearts to change, ready to rally in support of a future we couldn’t imagine as perfectly as when someone, lit by fire, tells us about their visions of what could be.  Or sings of what they feel.  Or dances what they’ve discovered.  Or paints what they have dreamed.

The Arts are a bonfire of remembrance and reckoning and resurrection, celebration and community, and by that heat and light we survive.  We pass down to the next generation all that is important in our culture when we gather around these fires, wherever they are. 

We invite you to celebrate our fireplace.  The Yukon Arts Centre was created 20 years ago.  Come hear the story again for the first time…first in these blogposts, and then on our special March 23rd 20th Anniversary show. 

Come share our fire with us.  It was always yours to begin with.


(photo by Tristan Schmurr)

After the Flood, We’re FINE and OPEN!

After the Flood, We’re FINE and OPEN!

Yes, as you may know there was an alarm, an evacuation, and some flooding at the Yukon Arts Centre Friday night!

Here's what happened. A heating coil broke in the electrical room next to an air intake valve. Without the coil to warm the air, the valve took in -30 cold Winter air and froze a sprinkler in the electrical room.

In a miracle worthy of the first few chapters of Acts, the water didn't burst and spray the transformers, but kindly leaked all over the floor, flooding the lobby and electrical room, a little on the stage and in the gallery.

Because we have FAST people on staff, and fast patrons, we were able to evacuate in 5 min!! (we need to have races to see if we can beat that time! *). Patrons rushed out without coats to the gym next door and their coats were brought forthwith. The choir, also evacuated to the gym, decided to give second part of concert there! I bet the acoustics were AWESOME!!

Because we have hearty battleship linoleum, we were able to suck up the water without damage to the gallery (or the art) or lobby or stage. We now have a bunch of new fans to make sure the underside of the movable walls are dry.  Yukon Arts Centre thanks the patrons and staff and volunteers for all their assistance!

All shows WILL go on. We are FULLY open for business, ticket sales, chatting in the lobby, full performances.  There might be a slight dampness in the lobby carpets, but that's not a show-stopper.

We try to leave the show-stoppers to the concerts!!


Hey, with all the new fans in the gallery---maybe you might consider becoming a new FAN of our Gallery!  Try our Gallery Memberships.  Call 667-8485 for more details. 

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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