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Matthew Cardinal at the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture – Dënäkär Zho, Nov 22

Matthew Cardinal is an indigenous musician based in amiskwaciy (Edmonton, AB). He uses a variety of synthesizers and samplers to create melodic and delicate music that shifts from drones to sparkling dance floor beats. Matthew Cardinal might be known to you as a member of nêhiyawak, but that will do little to prepare you for […]

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Ūtszan- To Make Something Better at Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre

October 19, 7PM- Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre (Dawson City) Tickets are $10 Regular Admission, $5 for Youth, Elder and Low-Income Available at the door only *The show is 75 minutes, followed by an optional Talkback***Recommended for people ages 12 and up** ***A UN Year of Indigenous Languages event*** Yvonne Wallace is Ucwalmicw from the Lilwat […]

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Food & Film Night, October 20

Get your Hallowe’en on early!A food & film extravaganza! Eat pumpkin inspired dishes from Dawson’s best chefs. Vote for your favourite!Watch some weird and wonderful short films by some of Dawson’s creepiest filmmakers. $15, all you can eat! 6:30 Cocktails; 7:00 food; 8:00 filmsDoor Prizes! (Thanks Bombay Peggy’s!)KIAC (Dënäkär Zho) Ballroom. Tickets at the door. […]

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Dakwäkãda Warriors Book Launch

Friday, October 11, 7-9pm. Book Launch and Artist talk Saving the earth from evil pioneers and cyborg sasquatches As a young person growing up in Haines Junction YT, artist Cole Pauls performed in a traditional song and dance group called the Dakwäkãda Dancers. During that time, Pauls encountered the ancestral language of Southern Tutchone. Driven […]

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Dawson City Shape Note Sing

Sunday October 13Please come sing with us!4-6pm at the Dënäkär Zho (KIAC) BallroomFeel free to bring snacksWe’ll have a few pots of tea to whet our whistles!FREE All are welcome and beginners are warmly invited! No experience necessary, no choir master, no auditions. We’ll hand out sheet music – Jamie Ross, KIAC Artist-in-Residence for October […]

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International Day of the Girl Celebration

Oct 10, doors open at 5:30KIAC BallroomInternational Day of the Girl Celebration &Family show featuring Claire Ness & Brigitte Desjardins   Doors open at 5:30 with a family-friendly dinner celebrating International Day of the Girl followed by a performance by a Yukon Girls’ Rock Camp alumni band and a 1 hour family show featuring Claire Ness & Brigitte Desjardins […]

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Guitar Lessons with Nijen Holland

Are you interested in learning guitar or honing your string skills? Join Nijen Holland for eight weeks of music lessons, from October 2nd to November 20th.

All levels and ages are welcome! More details below!

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Film Screening: Dersu Uzala, Oct 6th

Sunday, October 6, 7pm
Directed by Akira Kurosawa
1975. 2 hours 22 min

“Dersu Uzala” is epic in form yet intimate in scope. Set in the forests of Eastern Siberia at the turn of the century, it is a portrait of the friendship that grows between an aging hunter and a Russian surveyor.

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Dawson Film Fest submissions open

Submissions are now open for the 2020 Dawson City International Short Film Festival (April 9-12). Click here for all the rules and submission guidelines. Don’t delay! Submissions are FREE for filmmakers who live north of 60°. (Contact us for a waiver code) Early Bird Deadline: November 18, 2019. (postmarked) $15 FeeFinal Deadline: December 23, 2019. […]

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Dakwäkãda Warriors Book Launch & Cole Pauls Artist Talk, Oct 11

Saving the earth from evil pioneers and cyborg sasquatches As a young person growing up in Haines Junction YT, artist Cole Pauls performed in a traditional song and dance group called the Dakwäkãda Dancers. During that time, Pauls encountered the ancestral language of Southern Tutchone. Driven by a desire to help revitalize the language, he […]

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La Bohème by Against the Grain Theatre, Nov 7

The AtG production that started it all, and uprooted opera from the opera house. Our modern adaptation and English translation of the Puccini classic shifted the tale of struggling artists to the present-day, and unfolded entirely inside a historic dive bar in the heart of Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood. This fall, we tour the fully-staged remount […]

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Not Quite Midnight by Cas Public, Oct 24

In these sombre times, Cas Public summons up the magic of Cinderella. The magic of the tales of Perrault and the Brothers Grimm, the operas of Rossini and Prokofiev. But also the magic of a hundred lesser known versions passed down in the oral tradition. Six dancers hand in their ballet slippers for a glass […]

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Guitarist Paul Lucas Trio featuring flautist Tom Keenlyside, Oct 4

“Paul Lucas never disappoints. A superb jazz guitarist with exquisite touch for rhythm, for melody, for improvisation with a message. Expect to be thrilled by his new Trio.” ~ Jazz Yukon With his new Trio, guitarist Paul Lucas is stepping out with new music ‘outside’ of his well-known and recorded passion for Afro-samba music from […]

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Marisa Anderson at the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture – Dënäkär Zho, Sept 20

Marisa Anderson channels the history of the guitar and stretches the boundaries of tradition. Her deeply original work applies elements of minimalism, electronic music, drone and 20th century classical music to compositions based on blues, jazz and gospel and country music, re-imagining the landscape of American music. Onstage, she is a master storyteller, bringing warmth, […]

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In the ODD Gallery: Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Tania Willard and Chandra Melting Tallow

Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill | Jeneen Frei Njootli | Tania Willard | Chandra Melting TallowCONEY ISLAND BABYOctober 3 – November 15, 2019 Opening Thursday, October 3 at 7:30PM in the ODD Gallery at Dënäkär Zho /KIAC Screening + Conversation + Rabbit Stew Snack with Jeneen Frei NjootliSaturday, September 28th, 2pm at Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre Family […]

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Collage Party at Macaulay House- Sept 18th

Collage Party with KIAC Artist-in-Residence Paul HendersonWednesday, September 18th, 7-10pmFree Snacks! BYOB Please join current KIAC artist-in-residence Paul Henderson at Macaulay House for a casual evening of spontaneous art making. Collage is a fun and accessible art form with a multitude of approaches and outcomes. No experience necessary, everyone welcome, source materials and tools will be […]

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The Films of Pixie Cram- Sept 5th

Join current artist in Resident Pixie Cram as she presents a selection of her short films. Thursday, September 5, 7pm, KIAC Ballroom. FREE! Pragmatopia, 2019, 30 min. (Science Fiction)Inspired by the Chernobyl aftermath, the film follows two young women as they journey from the outskirts of the city to a radioactive area deep in the […]

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Thank-you to our sponsors!

Photo: Erika Violette Yukon Riverside Arts Festival was an absolute blast! The weekend-long celebration of arts, culture, and community would be impossible without the support of a wide range of local and regional businesses and organizations. A huge thank-you is due to our kind sponsors. In particular, we would like to thank the Dawson City […]

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KIAC is hiring! Join our team!

KIAC is seeking a passionate and creative individual to join the team in the role of Office Administrator. The deadline to apply has been extended to 4 PM, Monday August 26th, 2019. More details below!

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A New Name for KIAC’s Odd Fellows Hall: Dënäkär Zho (Mixed Colours House)

The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in elders council chose the new name, Dënäkär Zho, which means a house of mixed colours. KIAC and the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in held a ceremony Thursday night to celebrate the new name, which has been in the works for a few years.

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Gallery Hop- TONIGHT!

Yukon Riverside Arts Fest’s ever-popular Gallery Hop begins at 8pm on Thursday, August 15th, at KIAC. This self-guided art crawl will take you through the streets of town, into bars, businesses, and historic buildings that have transformed into galleries for the evening. Join in at any time over the evening by picking up a Gallery […]

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To Talk With Others: at Yukon Riverside Arts Festival

Yukon Riverside Arts Festival: August 15 – 18, 2019 (full festival schedule) TTWO Weekend Schedule of Events and Activities: THURSDAY10am – 5pm: Exhibition Open (ODD, DZCC, SOVA)7:30 – 8pm: Mini Artist Talks with Ken Anderson & Doug Smarch Jr (ODD Gallery)8 – 11pm: Gallery Hop around town (including ODD, DZCC & SOVA)8 – 11pm: Fran […]

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Yukon Riverside Arts Festival Schedule

Full Schedule Now Online: Click here The Yukon Riverside Arts Festival takes place in many venues around Dawson City on Discovery Days weekend, August 15 – 18, particularly in the open-air Riverside Park & Gazebo. The festival aims to provide an accessible environment for community members and visitors to interact directly with the arts and […]

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The Garrys, Soda Pony, and Beverly at the KIAC Ballroom

Fri Aug 23, doors open: 7:30Rock show at the KIAC Ballroom featuring The Garrys (Saskatoon garage surf pop doom-wop) and Whitehorse’s own Soda Pony and Beverly. $15 in advance / $12 KIAC Members $18 at the door 50% off for youth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBTrntXnceg A trio of sisters from Saskatoon, the Garrys play garage surf-pop doom-wop. The […]

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Open Studio with Rachel Rozanski

Thursday, August 8, Macaulay House (Princess and 7th) 5-7pm I am excited to spend the next month expanding on my previous work around subarctic environments in Dawson. I will be looking at different histories here embedded in the world’s oldest permafrost, and what they show as it thaws and becomes exposed.  Resulting from both warming-induced […]

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Short Films by Dan Sokolowski: August 4

Hailing from Dawson City, Yukon, Dan Sokolowski (Sok Cinema), has produced over 26 shorts, one feature, and is the producer of the Dawson City International Short Film Festival. A program of nine short works that uniquely blend animation and documentary. Post-screening conversation with Dan Sokolowski. 7 pm, KIAC BallroomAdmission by Donation (proceeds to the Dawson […]

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Musical Theatre for Kids

Tuesdays, August 6th – 27thKIAC Ballroom Ages 5 to 7: 3:30 – 4:30pmAges 8 to 10: 4:30 – 5:30pm Come join professional dancer and swing Diamond Tooth Gertie Holly McCourt for an exciting Musical Theatre Workshop! Each class will be filled with dancing, singing and games! Learn the skills to become a true triple threat […]

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Naming Ceremony & Community BBQ

August 15th5-7:30pmKlondike Institute of Art & Culture 5:00 Refreshments & Artist Showcase5:30 Naming Ceremony6:30 Community BBQ & Artist Showcase KIAC and Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in welcome you to join us in celebrating language, art and community! KIAC has been gifted a Hän name for our building and we want to say thank-you! Opening the Yukon Riverside Arts […]

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Film Screening, August 11

All the Time in the World, Yukon, Documentary, 87 minutesDirected by Suzanne Crocker 7pm, KIAC Ballroom, Admission by Donation A Dawson City family leaves the comforts of home to live for 9 months in the remote wilderness of the Yukon. They spend the long northern winter living in a small cabin with no road access, […]

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Youth Art Council- call for members!

What do you want to see for youth in the Dawson art community? What ideas do you have that you don’t have the resources for? If you are 16-22 and want to meet monthly to make things happen- join the Youth Art Council! Let’s have a youth art takeover in Dawson! Interested? Email Nessa at […]

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Summer Artists’ Market

HÄN GHẢ CHUKĖT TRÄÄTÄTSEY The Art Market features local crafters, artists, and artisans. It’s a great place to pick up one of a kind local gifts, souvenirs, and artwork all summer long. To register for a table, please call KIAC at 993-5005 or email admin@kiac.ca Tables are $10 for KIAC members / $20 for non-members

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Gallery Hop- Call for participants!

Applications for the ever-popular gallery hop, the opening event of Riverside Arts Fest, are open until July 15th. The gallery hop, taking place on August 15th, will be a town-wide celebration of creativity in Dawson City and beyond. Do you dream up visions of your ideal gallery opening? The tasty canapés, the schmoozy networking, the […]

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Artist Talk & Open Studio

Current Artists in Residence Risa Horowitz and Yi Xin Tong have been here a while, photographing, painting, drawing, filming and fishing! Find out a bit about them at KIAC and then visit Macaulay House to see what they’ve been up to!Friday, June 286:00 pm KIAC Ballroom7:30 pm Macaulay HouseFor info on their work click here

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Youth Banner & Sign Making Workshop for 2019 Pride Parade

Join local artist Kim Edgar, of The Foragers Club for an evening of banner and sign-making in preparation for the 2019 Dawson City Pride Parade, Sunday July 14th (the next day). All materials will be provided! Saturday, July 13th, 3:30 – 6:30 PM in the KIAC Ballroom.For ages 12 – 18.Free, no registration required.Snacks provided! […]

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Workshop on Yukon Land Claims

Part of a RESEARCH PROJECT called “Indigenous Collage & Self-Determination: Piecing Together Modern Treaty Politics in the Yukon”By Lianne Marie Leda Charlie, PhD Candidate @UHM Wednesday, June 26th from 3:30 – 5:30pmOR Thursday, June 27th from 5:30 – 7:30pm

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Artist Talk: Lianne Marie Leda Charlie

YUKON LAND CLAIMS, THE UMBRELLA FINAL AGREEMENT, INDIGENOUS RESURGENCE, AND THE MAKING OF A HOT PINK MOOSE Monday, June 24th, 20197:30 – 8:30pm in the ODD Gallery More info on TO TALK WITH OTHERS

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Youth Hiphop Workshop

Saturday, June 29th, 2 – 6 PM in the KIAC Ballroom.For ages 12 – 18.Free, no registration required.Snacks provided! Charles Hegsted is a Yukon-based rapper and producer with 20 years of experience in the northern hip-hop community. This youth-driven workshop will explore different styles of RnB, rap and hip-hop production including production, sampling, lyric writing and […]

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The Winter Folk: Film Screening

June 19, 7:30pm, KIAC BallroomAdmission by Donation An experimental documentary (2019, 73 minutes)by Christopher Healey and James Healey Winters in the Klondike will change you— but now the winters are also changing. Following three artists and interviewing five others during the winter of 2016-17, this intimate film explores themes of life as they emerge in […]

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Writing Workshops at the Print & Publishing Festival ft. Trish Salah, Lawrence Hill, and Eden Robinson

Registration for Dawson Daily News Print & Publishing Festival writing workshops is now open! All workshops take place at the Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA)Lecture Room (upstairs). Capacity is limited, so please register in advance at KIAC or over the phone – 993 5005 Sat June 1 & Sun, June 2, 11 – 12:30, FREETwo part Trans […]

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Dawson Film Lab Screening- Aug 30th

The Dawson Film Lab is a unique filmmaking experience taking place in Dawson City, August 25-30. A 5 day short film event in which 9 filmmakers participate in a collaborative exchange of ideas and knowledge and produce short films in 5 days. The Lab will end with a screening event on August 30, to view […]

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Toddler Paint is Starting!

A parented program for toddlers. Come get messy and enjoy some creative fun time in the KIAC Ballroom. Dates: June 12th – July 10th, 2019Time: 12:15-12:45Location: KIAC BallroomAges: 1-4Cost: $25 for 5 weeks Please pre-register by calling KIAC at 993-5005 or by emailing admin@kiac.ca

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Open Studio at Macaulay House Artist Residency

Tuesday, May 28, 6-9pm Our artists in residence have been working up a storm since they arrived! Come out and see what Jackie Huskisson (Calgary) and Jennifer Norman (Toronto) have been up to! To read more about their work, click here.At Historic Macaulay House, Princess and 7th.

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Kids Show! Spring String Fling with Anne Glover

Thurs, May 23, 5:30pm at the KIAC BallroomPay what you can (Suggested $15 family price) at the door / free snacks! Anne Glover’s engrossing and hilarious stories feature mind-bending string figures that she weaves out of a loop of string. A turtle, a snake, a bird, a rocket… is there anything she can’t make??   You’ve […]

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Petunia Live at the KIAC Ballroom

June 13 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm Petunia grew up in rural Quebec, in exactly the sort of surroundings that a country musician would find idyllic, with old dilapidated barns, secret forts, and acres of unspoiled land.  As an adult, the wandering spirit took a firm hold on his life, so he set out on […]

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New Hermitage Live at the KIAC Ballroom

June 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Andrew MacKelvie is a practicing saxophonist, improviser, and educator from Halifax, Nova Scotia, now based in Montreal. Aside from his work with New Hermitage he has worked with artists like Jeff Reilly, Amy Brandon, and Jerry Granelli, with whom he was nominated for a Juno in 2016. […]

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National Drone Day: A Celebration of Experimental Music and Sound, May 25th

May 25 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the KIAC BallroomFree, All ages. Drone Day is a celebration of drone, experimental, and ambient music, and is celebrated annually in May around the world. Join a variety of Dawson City musicians for experimental sounds featuring piano, cello, analog synthesizer, and more Email events (at) kiac […]

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To Talk With Others, May 23 – September 13

Ken Anderson | Lianne Charlie | Fran Morberg-Green | Valerie Salez | Doug Smarch Jr. | Joseph Tisiga May 23 – September 13, 2019at Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre, ODD Gallery and Yukon School of Visual Arts on the traditional territory of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in In partnership with Yukon Arts Centre Opening Thursday, May 30th beginning […]

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Scrabble Tournament, Saturday June 1st

Scrabble Workshop with Charles Atlas Sheppard Sunday, May 5th, 5 – 7pm in the KIAC BallroomAdmission by donationHow to be a better player. Two and three letter words. Hooks. Rack management. Word lists. There is much to learn….!Bring a board if you can. We’ll start with a discussion and end with a game. Scrabble Tournament […]

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Blue Moon Marquee Live at the KIAC Ballroom, May 9th

Thursday May 9th, 7 PM – 11 PM Blue Moon Marquee is a Gypsy Blues band born of the wild rose country. They currently make their home in an island shack on the coast of the Salish Sea. A.W. Cardinal (vocals/guitar) and Jasmine Colette a.k.a. Badlands Jass (vocals/bass/drums) write and perform original compositions influenced by […]

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Now Hiring a Summer Programming Assistant! New Deadline – May 13th!

The Programming Assistant works closely with KIAC programming staff under the direction of the Executive Director. This position will assist with children and youth programs, the Yukon Riverside Arts Festival, special events and other community programming.  Duration: 14 weeks, May 15th to August 21st, 2019Hours: 35 hours a week (occasional evening and weekend work will […]

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