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Artist Talk: Jean Paul Langlois

Thursday, November 26, 7pm. SOVA 4D RoomJean Paul is a Metis artist from Vancouver Island, currently painting in East Vancouver. His work is  informed by television and cinema, particularly Westerns, 70s sci-fi and Saturday  morning cartoons.    Using ultra saturated colours, references to art history and well-worn cinema tropes, he seeks to understand the alienation to his own cultural backgrounds, both Metis and settler.   His work is an examination of his own life , through the  reinterpertation of family stories using characters and motifs from the pop culture he was weaned on.  For his KIAC residency, the project is titled “Beloved Wolf: An Examination of White […]

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Book Your Shopping!

Shop local and support our artists, crafters and makers this holiday. This year’s fair will be stretched out over an extended period, with lower numbers of shoppers in the space at a time to allow for physical distancing. Wednesday, Nov 25: 4 – 6pmThursday, Nov 26: 10am – 12pm & 4-6pmFriday, Nov 27: 10am – […]

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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 will be hosted by local artists Veronica Verkley and Cari Tangedal, followed by a Q & A.

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Winter Concert Series, presented by KIAC & DCMF – ANNOUNCEMENT: December concerts postponed until further notice

On Nov 24, Premier Silver and Dr. Hanley provided an update regarding rising cases of COVID-19 in Yukon. Though Dr. Hanley confirmed that there is no increased concern about the circulation of COVID-19 in the community and that organized events with proper protocols may proceed, we have decided to postpone all December concerts out of […]

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Oscar Nominated Funny Boy Screening

November 16th, 7:30pm, doors at 7, KIAC BallroomFunny Boy, Canada, Drama, 1h52mDirected by Deepa Mehta Canada’s nomination for Best International film at the 2021 OSCARs.Shot on location and set in Sri Lanka in the 1970s and 80s, Funny Boy explores the awakening of sexual identity by a young boy named Arjie. As political tensions escalate to a […]

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YUKON 48 Winners announced

YUKON48 Overflows with Films!! With 28 films completed in 1 weekend, the 2020 YUKON48 Video Challenge was one of the most successful on record. Congratulations to all the filmmakers who gave up their weekend and treated audiences to a diverse and enjoyable evening of Yukon made cinema. 2 live screenings (and a facebook stream) were […]

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2020 DCISFF Photos

Relive our pandemic festival through some great photos! The 2021 DCSIFF is now in motion! Submit your film here. Read more about the 2020 Festival.

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Save the Date!

KIAC’s Holiday Art & Craft Fair: November 25 – 29, 2020 KIAC Ballroom at Dënäkär Zho Table Registration: Thursday, October 22, 2020 867 993 5005 KIAC’s annual Holiday Art & Craft fair will look different this year but will continue to support local artists & makers, as well as local shopping, in a safe manner. […]

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Dawson City Winter Concert Series: Call For Performers

This winter, the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (KIAC) and the Dawson City Music Festival Association (DCMF) will present a series of performances by Yukon-based musicians, live in Dawson City at the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture – Dënäkär Zho.  We are currently seeking applications from performers (including bands). Selected acts are expected […]

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KIAC Swag now online

Get your new DCISFF swag! Check the new stuff and buy it online. Pick it up at KIAC or get it mailed to you! https://kiac.ca/shop

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In the ODD Gallery: KENOJUAK ASHEVAK

KENOJUAK ASHEVAK | LIFE AND LEGACYOctober 9 – December 10 , 2020 FRIDAY, October 9th, 7 – 10pmCome for a late night visit at the ODD Gallery and then check out COLD CUTS VIDEO FESTIVAL (outdoor screenings + bonfire!) as part of the Dawson City International Short Film Festival. DETAILS TBD:Join us in the ODD Gallery for a video […]

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KIAC is Hiring an Administrative Officer for the Culture Quest Fund!

The Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (KIAC) team is growing! We are seeking an energetic Administrative Officer for the Culture Quest program (an artistic and cultural fund supported by the Yukon Government and administered by KIAC).

Deadline to Apply: September 10, 2020

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The [VIRTUAL] 2020 Yukon Riverside Arts Festival has Launched!

A fully virtual festival experience is available here: www.YRAF.ca

The website serves as an exhibition platform, a virtual theatre, an archive, and a testament to the vibrant and creative artistic community of the North. We encourage all to take a peek at the wide variety of projects presented over the weekend.

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Culture Quest Funding Deadline: September 15, 2020

Congratulations to the Spring 2020 Culture Quest recipients. ArtsNet Society, Fireweed Heroes, Town of Watson Lake, and more! We are thrilled to support a wide range of artistic and cultural projects in the territory.

The upcoming Culture Quest deadline is September 15th, 2020 (Fall intake). More information and application details and guidelines are available here.

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First We Eat Encore Screenings

Thursday, September 10, DOORS at 7pm, FILM at 7:30 Friday September 11 (SOLD OUT) First We Eat: Food Security North of 60 celebrates the ingenuity, resourcefulness & knowledge of Northern Canadians and our relationship to the land through the food that we hunt, fish, gather, grow and raise in the North. Whether you are concerned […]

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Dawson City Film Fest tickets for sale!

We are thrilled to announce our schedule for the 2020 Dawson City International Film Festival. Spread over 2 weekends. (October 2-11) there are numerous indoor and outdoor events to feed your cinematic soul. Find all the films and events here! How to Buy Tickets Due to limited seats in our safe seating configuration, there will […]

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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

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October 2-11, 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 around Thanksgiving weekend (October 2-11). 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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