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KIAC’s Response to COVID-19

The Klondike Institute of Art & Culture plays an important role not only 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 March 16th 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 for two weeks, pending 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 for two weeks, pending further notice.

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April 5 deadline. Read more

The film fest is postponed … but we won’t let some old virus keep us from making films … so here’s a challenge !! Take part in our online mini-festival!Make a 1 Minute video on the theme of isolation and you could win a prize! Check out this 1 minute video by DCISFF alumni filmmaker […]

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Culture Quest Funding Deadline: April 15, 2020

KIAC is accepting applications for the Culture Quest Fund the until April 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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Resources for artists, writers and media workers during COVID-19 shutdowns

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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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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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