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20th Annual Yukon Riverside Arts Festival

It’s time! The 20th anniversary edition of the Yukon Riverside Arts Festival is upon us. We couldn’t be more excited! Full festival details and an interactive map are available at YRAF.ca. As many returning patrons will notice, the festival has taken on a new format, informed by our longstanding care for the well-being of the […]

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Yukon Riverside Artists’ Market

The Yukon Riverside Artists’ Market is back for one weekend only! Local artists, artisans, and crafters will be selling wares of all kinds at the 2020 Yukon Riverside Arts Festival from 12 – 4 PM on Saturday and Sunday, Aug 15th & 16th.

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In the ODD Gallery: Monique Martin

MONIQUE MARTIN | CONTINUOUS

August 13 – September 27, 2020

Part of the Yukon Riverside Arts Festival

Artist Talk: Thursday, August 20th at 7PM on zoom (details tba)

The ODD Gallery is pleased to present an immersive installation of linocut prints by Saskatoon artist Monique Martin. The large-scale prints transform the gallery space into a beehive that gallery visitors can walk through.

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CFYT & KIAC Couch Concert Live stream Aug 1, 2pm

Tune in live this saturday August 1, 2020 at 2:00 to catch HAMMONDHOFFER streaming live through the internet airwaves. Also available at 106.9 CFYT (“The Spirit of Dawson”). A ‘band’ for a year, but buds for a lifetime, HAMMONDHOFFER ia a beat-driven ambient exploration featuring mellow synthesizers and cello from outer space. Check out the […]

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In the ODD Gallery: Pop Up Exhibition by Kay Linley

Kay Linley : The Work in Process
July 25 – 31
Saturday & Sunday: 6 – 8pm
Monday – Friday: 12 – 5pm

For the final instalment in our summer pop up exhibition series Kay Linley will share paintings and writing samples reflecting upon a formative kayak journey.

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In the ODD Gallery: KID’S Pop Up Exhibition

July 16th – 22nd, 12pm – 5pmIn the ODD Gallery Please join us in celebrating the imagination and creativity that have helped many kids make it through the last few months of isolation and distancing. The ODD Gallery hosting a pop-up exhibition of kids’ art created during the pandemic. One week only!

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Confluence Exhibition Series: 6 ft

KIAC’s Confluence Gallery is a summer-long DIY community exhibition series in the Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA) gallery. Things are little different this year – more social distancing, less openings, same great artwork. Instead of four consecutive shows, one exhibition will take place from July 17 to August 8: “6 ft”.

This exhibition highlights the works of eight 2020 SOVA alumni in the intimacy of the SOVA gallery, following an unexpected creative hiatus due to COVID-19.

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KIAC’s 2020 Annual General Meeting, July 9th

Another year is upon us, and we are excited to share what we’ve been up to. KIAC’s 2020 Annual General Meeting (2019 fiscal year) will be held online!

The AGM will take place Thursday, July 9 at 6:30 PM over Zoom.

All are welcome to attend the AGM but only KIAC members in good standing can vote and make/second motions, which will be done via the chat feature.

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Community Spotlight: Kelly Vittrekwa

For our second installment of Community Features, we’ve reached out to Dawson resident Kelly Vittrekwa who will be performing at 7 PM tomorrow in the virtual play ‘Dominion’, with Gwaandak Theatre as part of the free 2020 Indigenous Summer Play Readings.

Kelly shares her passion for performing arts, her first forays into the wild world of Boardwalk Burlesque, and her very first job – working at the Palace Grand Theatre at sixteen years old!

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KIAC Studio, Space: local artists invited to apply

As a result of COVID 19, upcoming artist residencies and gallery exhibitions have been postponed. We invite local artists to apply for use of the studio spaces for creation, presentation and professional development.

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Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration!

This year you can celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day 3 times!
Join us on CFYT 106.9 FM or on-line at cfyt.ca
Friday, June 19 at 12:30 pm.
Saturday, June 20 at 2:00 pm.
Sunday, June 21 at 10:00 am.

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Community Spotlight: Stephen Gallant

The Klondike Institute of Art & Culture is checking in with a few of the inspiring, creative, and unique individuals who make up the colourful mosaic of Dawson City’s arts community:

Stephen Gallant is a classically trained, multi-instrumentalist director and performer who has held the role of Musical Director at Diamond Tooth Gerties in Dawson City, Yukon, for 7 consecutive seasons.

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KIAC’s Gear & Tech Rental

Did you know that KIAC has all sorts of audio, video, and photo equipment available to rent? If you don’t see what you’re looking for, please contact us to learn more. We’d love to help you bring your creative vision to life!

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Dawson Daily News Print & Publishing Festival- update

While Dawson City was not able to host the 9th annual Dawson Daily News Print & Publishing Festival this past weekend, we look forward to connecting with writers, print-makers, publishers and storytellers in new and exciting ways this summer. To honour the spirit of the Print & Publishing Festival, we will be encouraging regional writers, […]

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Iphones and Beyond: a micro documentory workshop

Learn how to create short documentary projects using iPhones! The workshop will be in 4 classes (Participants must take all 4 sessions)1.  Introduction & documentary theory/preproduction2. Camera and Sound Production3. Editing & Post-production4.  Viewing and wrap up. Workshop Option #1: Dates: June 9, 10, 11, 15Times: 2-5pm each day **FULL** Workshop Option #2: Dates: June […]

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Yukon Riverside Arts Festival – Call for Artist Proposals

The Klondike Institute of Art & Culture is seeking proposals for the presentation of new work in all mediums at the 20th Annual Although the 20th annual Yukon Riverside Arts Festival will not be a conventional gathering, we wish to celebrate Dawson City’s creative spirit by supporting the creation and presentation of new work in manners deemed safe by public health professionals.

Yukon Riverside Arts Festival around Discovery Days weekend, Aug 13 – 16, 2020. This is an open call to Yukon / Regional artists and collectives at any stage of their artistic practices to propose projects, workshops, cultural practices, installations, performances, writings, film, new media, talks, demonstrations, collaborations, exhibitions, exchanges, questions and connections in whatever shape, duration, platform, mode of distribution you imagine them taking.

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Lulu Keating wins Break Up Video Challenge!

Thanks to all the filmmakers and people who checked in to view them this weekend! Congrats to Lulu Keating whose video garnered the most “likes”. Everyone wins! Watch her video here!https://vimeo.com/channels/breakup

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Spring & Summer “Colouring Contests” in the Klondike Sun Newspaper

We are beyond excited to be presenting a bi-weekly spring and summer Colouring “Contest” featuring illustrations by local artists, in partnership with the Klondike Sun Newspaper. The very first one will be published tomorrow!

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Meet the KIAC Artists in Residence!

During this strange and different time we have 2 artists Sharron Mirsky and Rachel Rozanski, working away at our residency at Macaulay House! As we are not able to host an artist talk or open studio we invite you view a couple of short videos about them and their work! Enjoy! For more on KIAC’s […]

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Congratulations 2020 Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA) Grads!

The Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (KIAC) and the Dawson City Arts Society would like to give a well-deserved congratulations to the 2020 graduates of the Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA) Foundation Year Program.

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Yukon Films Online!

Available Light On Demand (ALD) is the curated home of outstanding and award-winning works by Yukon filmmakers. The Yukon Film Society and Klondike Institute of Art and Culture launched this new digital streaming service and website to bring Yukon films to Canadians and the world. Short films are available to watch for free, with rental and purchase options available for longer films.

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Join a Watch Party!

NCFD is REEL CANADA’s annual one-day celebration of Canadian film, through screenings, events, panel discussions, and conversations (both on and offline) across the country. It’s about encouraging all Canadians to celebrate the incredible achievements of our nation’s filmmakers.

It’s not very Canadian of us to admit it, but we’re proud of our nation (and our cinematic accomplishments) and we want to toot our own horns a bit. Sorry (not sorry)!

On April 22, many of our longtime NCFD screening partners across the country will be hosting online watch parties, large and small, in their local communities.

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KIAC’s Response to COVID-19

April 1st, 2020

The Klondike Institute of Art & Culture plays an important role not only as a pillar of the Yukon arts and culture sector, but also as a community gathering place. Such a responsibility necessitates that we prioritize protecting and supporting our visitors, staff, volunteers and greater community. Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and as per the continued recommendations of the Yukon Chief Medical Officer of Health, KIAC will support the health and wellness of our community in the following ways:

Effective 5:00pm Tuesday March 17th

All current KIAC programs/presentations are suspended until further notice;
All future programming/presentations are subject to review (see below list for upcoming special events);
KIAC building will be closed to the public until further notice.

Special Events

Youth Art Enrichment 2020: cancelled
Dawson City International Film Festival: postponed until Fall 2020
Print & Publishing Festival: postponed until late Summer

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Watch & Vote!- by April 12th

The film fest is postponed … but we won’t let some old virus keep us from making films … Check out the over 3 dozen 1 Minute videos from young and old, near and far isolated filmmakers! Films will be “live” from April 10-12. See all the films here https://vimeo.com/channels/icesoloelation ***Vote for your favourite by […]

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Culture Quest Funding – Apply Now

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

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Resources for artists, writers and media workers during COVID-19 shutdowns

Disclaimer- There are web sites linked to and from this site that are operated or created by or for organizations, companies or individuals not affiliated with the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (KIAC). These organizations, companies or individuals are solely responsible for the operation and information (including the right to display such information) found […]

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October 8-11, 2020

Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and as per the March 16th recommendations of the Yukon Chief Medical Officer of Health, KIAC will support the health and wellness of our community and we will now be holding the Dawson City International Short Film Festival on Thanksgiving weekend (October 8-11). Stay tuned for an […]

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In the ODD Gallery: Robert Service School

POP UP EXHIBITION! | ROBERT SERVICE SCHOOL GR. 11&12
March 13 – 26, 2020

Opening Friday, March 13th, 11:30am – 1:30pm
In the ODD Gallery at Dënäkär Zho / KIAC

An exhibition of paintings on the theme ‘Northern Life’ by Grade 11 & 12 students from Robert Service School

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March 29 & April4

Sunday, March 29, 10-5pmSaturday, April 4, 12:30-4pm Sign up for this exciting analogue film workshop! Participants will learn how to use the infamous 16mm Bolex camera and also about light metering, lighting, lenses and cinematography basics. You will then be given a 100′ roll of film to shoot with as you please during the week. […]

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Julie Nesrallah, An Operatic Cabaret Redux at KIAC – Dënäkär Zho

Tickets available here – https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/julie-nesrallah-an-operatic-cabaret-redux-at-kiac-denakar-zho-tickets-89899097621 Mezzo-Soprano, Julie Nesrallah returns to Yukon with a new opera cabaret, featuring guest performers, Baritone, Brett Polegato and Pianist, Robert Kortgaard. It will be an evening of soaring voices, sensational opera blockbusters, and the best Broadway showstoppers ever written. Mezzo-soprano Julie Nesrallah is a singer, actress and broadcaster who dazzles […]

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Spring Craft Fair, March 14th

Saturday, March 14th12pm – 4pmKIAC Ballroom Local arts and crafts sale! As you wander about town this weekend, don’t forgot to stop by the KIAC Spring Craft Fair! Caramel popcorn; old fashioned candies; macrame bags and plant holders; local wool and knitted products; pins, patches and prints; horn carvings, jewelry and dreamcatchers; beeswax products; locally […]

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Kablusiak/Kelsey Whyte Artist Talk

Tuesday, February 25th, 7:30pmYukon SOVA 4D Room Join SOVA artist in residence Kablusiak and KIAC Artist in Residence Kelsey Whyte as they share their work and talk about what they have been doing during their time in Dawson City. February 2020 Kelsey Whyte (Toronto) Kelsey Whyte is an artist living in Toronto, Ontario. A photography […]

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Jazz Yukon workshops and performance. March 10 – 12

Jazz in the Hall ‘Learn. Listen. Jam.” Workshop Series & ConcertCost: Free, courtesy of Jazz Yukon & KIAC Tues, Mar 107:00 – 8:30Getting Started: Improvisation and Soloing Wed, Mar 114:00 – 5:30Cafe Des Voix Group Workshop for Vocalists Part One Wed, Mar 117:00 – 8:30The Next Step: Improvisation and Soloing Thurs, Mar 124:00 – 5:30Cafe Des […]

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Youth Art Enrichment 2020

Entering it’s 19th year, Youth Art Enrichment is an annual four-day art program for Yukon youth hosted by the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture in Dawson City. Artistically-inclined youth ages 14 – 18 travel from across the Yukon to take part in intensive workshops led by professional artists. The upcoming program will take place March 23 – 26, with a day of travel on either side for youth from outside of Dawson City.

The deadline to apply is February 15th!

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Film Screening: January 31

Join former KIAC Artist in Residence Matthew Rankin as he comes back to Dawson to Present his new feature film, The 20th Century.

Toronto, 1899. Aspiring politician Mackenzie King hesitates in love between a heroic soldier he believes himself destined to marry and a psoriasis-addled spinster and learns that with unrequited love, it’s never over until you’ve completely humiliated yourself.
(2019, 90 Min)

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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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