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Film Screening: January 31

Friday, January 31st, 7:30pm (doors @ 7)KIAC/Dënäkär Zho BallroomAdmission by Donation The 20th CenturyA Film by Matthew Rankin (in attendance)2019, Canada, 90 Min Join former KIAC Artist in Residence Matthew Rankin as he comes back to Dawson to Present his new feature film! Toronto, 1899. Aspiring politician Mackenzie King hesitates in love between a heroic […]

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Songwriting at Macaulay House

Come out to the Macaulay house for an all-day drop-in session with DCMF’s Songwriter in Residence, Owen Steel to experiment with creating instrumental soundscapes – this Sunday, January 19th, between 1pm and 9pm.

Can’t make it? Not to worry. There is a shorter session scheduled for Sunday, January 26th from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. And don’t forget! Check out Owen Steel live in Dawson City on the 25th!

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Owen Steel Live: January 25

The Dawson City Music Festival Association is excited to present the 2020 Songwriter in Residence, Owen Steel, live in concert in the KIAC Ballroom, Saturday January 25th, 2020. Doors at 8 PM, show at 8:30 PM. Admission by Donation.

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In the ODD Gallery: Libby Hague

LIBBY HAGUE | EVERY HEART CAN GROW BIGGER: MAKE ROOM
Opening Thursday, January 23
Artist Talk at 7:30PM in the ballroom| Reception to follow in the ODD Gallery at Dënäkär Zho / KIAC

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Improv Comedy Workshop and Performance: Jan 17 / 18

Becky Johnson of the Sufferettes and writer for Baroness von Sketch Show returns to the Yukon, this time accompanied by Taz VanRassel of The Sunday Service improv troupe from Vancouver BC. With their combined credits, Becky and Taz are experts in improv theatre and will be treating audiences to a night of diverse and heartfelt longform improvisation with a collaboration from Toronto-based technical and multimedia improviser Mark Andrada.

Workshop:
Fri, Jan 17, 5:30 PM
Happy Hour Adult Improv Comedy Workshop with Becky Johnson & Taz VanRassel

Performance:
Sat, Jan 18. 7:30
$12 KIAC members in advance (at KIAC and Maximilian’s) / $15 general / $20 at the door
Register in advance at KIAC. Admission by Donation

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Culture Quest Funding Deadline: January 15, 2020

KIAC is accepting applications for the Culture Quest Fund the until January 15th, 2020. Individuals, groups, and organizations may apply for up to $10,000 to support projects that fit the grant criteria.

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Music @ Macaulay House

Thursday ,January 2, 7:30pm at Macaulay House Chill out after New Year’s with a live musical performance by Artist in Residence Sonia Paço-Rocchia. She will play a new composition created while here in Dawson City on hand made instruments. Double-TranchantDouble-Tranchant, meaning double-edged in French, is a solo show-installation for invented, found and automated instruments made […]

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ODD BALL: NYE and KIAC’s 20th Anniversary Party

Have you heard the rumours? KIAC is gearing up for the ‘Roaring 20s! Revival’ with not only a New Year’s Eve Party, but a Platinum (20th) Anniversary Birthday Bash! You are formally invited to the Odd Ball, KIAC’s signature NYE event. Join us for a swirling glass of champagne and appetizers at midnight, a cash […]

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Free Info Session: Yukon Permanent Art Collection

Calling all Dawson artists and creatives! KIAC, SOVA, Yukon Government and Friends of the Yukon Permanent Art Collection (FOYPAC) are hosting an info session about the Yukon Permanent Art Collection: what it is, when are the deadlines, who’s it for, and how to apply! The presentation, hosted by local artists Veronica Verkley and Cari Tangedal, will be followed by a Q & A.

When: Wednesday, January 8th, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Where: SOVA Lecture Room (upstairs)
Totally Free!

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Artist Talks & Open Studio- Dec 19th

Join our current Artists-in-Residence Andrea Kastner and Sonia Paço-Rocchia for an informal evening of show and tell! They will give a brief talk and then you can mingle in the studio and see what they’ve been up to!
Thursday, December 19th, 7:30pm at the Macaulay House (Princess and 7th).

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Willow Harvest Basket Weaving Workshop

A perfect basket for the beginner willow weaver, a harvest basket goes by many names: melon basket, potato basket, rib basket. Join us at KIAC for this long-awaited willow basket workshop with Sue Parsons!

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Free Film Screening: Red Snow – January 3

Friday, January 3, 7:30pm (doors @ 7PM)
Red Snow (2019) is a dramatic feature that begins when Dylan, a Gwich’in soldier from the Canadian Arctic, is caught in an ambush in Afghanistan. His capture and interrogation by a Taliban Commander releases a cache of memories connected to the love and death of his Inuit cousin, Asana, and binds him closer to a Pashtun family as they escape across treacherous landscapes and through a blizzard that becomes their key to survival.

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Film Screening: The Grizzlies – Dec 27th

Friday, December 27th – 7:30 pm
KIAC/Dënäkär Zho Ballroom
Admission by Donation

Based on a true story, The Grizzlies is more than the usual triumph through sports story, for it doesn’t shy away from moving depictions of the poverty and isolation characteristic of too many northern communities. When first-time teacher Russ Shepherd comes to Kugluktuk, he brings preconceived notions about northern life and no little hubris about his self imposed mission to bring about change. An interconnected chain of dramatic incidents, however (and some quieter cross-cultural corrections) lead Russ to understand that education is a two-way street.

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The Nutcracker: Call for Participants

Calling all Dawson Youth ages 4-19 to participate in the Northern Lights School of Dance 11th season of the Nutcracker in Dawson City!

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Youth Art Enrichment: Call for Instructors: DEADLINE EXTENDED

EXTENDED Closing Date for Applications: Dec 13, 2019 @ 4:30 pm.

KIAC is seeking three instructors for Youth Art Enrichment, a four-day intensive arts program for Yukon high school students, held in Dawson City, Yukon in March 22 – 27, 2020. The goal of the Youth Art Enrichment program is to provide Yukon youth who have an interest in the arts and creative industries with an intensive learning experience in one discipline, giving them time to develop skills and to learn from professional artists.

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HOME BASTE / Friday, November 29

Friday, November 29th at Macaulay House. 8 – 9:30 pm

When a drag clown and a burlesque babe host a séance the results are both freaky and *fabulous*! On Friday, November 29th KIAC artist in residency \garbagefile (Kailey Bryan) and Dawson burlesque boss Chevonne of the Yukon have summoned a bevvy of bizarre talent for your viewing pleasure!

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Drag 101: HISTORY, INSPIRATION & MAKEUP DEMO

SET YOUR FOUNDATIONDRAG 101: HISTORY, INSPIRATION & MAKEUP DEMO Tuesday, November 26, 7:30. KIAC Ballroom/Dënäkär Zho. Join KIAC artist in residence Kai Bryan aka \garbagefile for a fun and fabulous romp through the art of drag and some wicked makeup demos. Ask and discuss a few key questions, like: What is drag, anyways? What do […]

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KIAC’s Annual Food & Wine Tasting

November 16th, 8 pm in the KIAC Ballroom.
$65 ticket includes 6 pourings, 6 appetizers by some of Dawson’s most creative chefs!
Live music by Barnacle and Beats!

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HOLIDAY ART & CRAFT FAIR, Nov 23rd

Shop local for your one of a kind and handmade goods at KIAC’s annual Holiday Art & Craft Fair.Enjoy hot food + beverage and baked goods at our concession. Saturday, November 23rdAccessible Hour: 11am – 12pm (elevator is in order with assistance available)Open to all: 12 – 3pmUpstairs in the ballroom + more tables downstairs […]

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In the ODD Gallery: Patrick Lundeen

PATRICK LUNDEEN | EAR WORMSNovember 21, 2019 – January 10, 2020 Opening Thursday, November 21 Artist Talk at 7:30PM in the ballroom| Reception to follow in the ODD Gallery at Dënäkär Zho / KIAC Patrick Lundeen’s Dadaistic, improvisation-based, sound-making sculptures are simultaneously humorous and abrasive. Lundeen’s process includes freely associating with the meanings already within the […]

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Film Screening: How to Bee

Tuesday, November 5, 7:30KIAC Ballroom Naomi Mark, Yukon, 2019, 82 minutes When filmmaker Naomi Mark found her dad needed more help with his honeybees after being diagnosed with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) she asked him to start a project with her, she asked him to teach her about bees. How To Bee follows the […]

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Jamie Ross presents: a game of Werewolf

The KIAC artist-in-residence program was initiated in 2001 and has welcomed over 300 artists, musicians and filmmakers from around the world. Usually the guest artists present a talk or a workshop during their stay. Not this time.  Jamie Ross is a professional tarot reader and video artist, and has worked for years as a Pagan […]

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November 8

Yukon 48 Film Challenge Screening Friday, November 8, KIAC Ballroom Doors at 7pm, Films at 7:30Admission by Donation The Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (KIAC) and the Yukon Film Society (YFS) present the 2019 Yukon 48 Film Challenge. 20 Films Made last weekend! 95 minute screening with an intermissionVote for the Audience favourite! Chicken […]

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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 27Please come sing with us!3-4:30 pm 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 […]

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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 Film Selections Committee

We need help selecting the films for the 2020 Dawson City International Short Film Festival! Every Monday and Wednesday (7-9pm) we screen a selection of short film submissions to the festival and we need you to score them! The best committee ever! Attend whenever you can and just watch films! Come once , twice or […]

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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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