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Summer Concert Series – Claire Ness at the Gazebo, Dana Sipos & Joey O’Neil at KIAC

June 10, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Summer Concert Series

Shows at noon at the Gazebo and 8pm (doors 7:30) in the KIAC Ballroom / Dënäkär Zho

Noon at the Gazebo
Claire Ness and friends Kids show

Swingin’ country, jazz and blues music for kids of all ages. Joined by Keitha Clark on fiddle and Genesee Keevil on upright bass, Claire plays fresh original tunes from her recent award-winning album “Broccoli Farm”, and old time family favourites in English and French to deliver a rousing round of laughter and dance party madness.

Claire was born and raised in Whitehorse, then studied comedy at Humber College in Toronto and circus arts instruction at École Nationale de Cirque in Montréal.

She is the Founding Artistic Director of the Yukon Circus Society and has taught over ten years of circus camps for kids.

“Definitely one of the colourful five percent.” – Jim Robb, Yukon Icon

8pm (Doors open at 7:30)

Dana Sipos is an acclaimed Canadian songwriter. She inhabited the far north before going nomad and her captivatingly nuanced songs are filled with a wild wind and a haunting surrealism. She now resides among the old growth and wilds of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Sipos toured extensively across North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand in support of her 2018 album, Trick of the Light, released on Juno-nominated musician and music advocate, Miranda Mulholland’s label, Roaring Girl Records. The album received acclaim from CBC, The Bluegrass Situation, Penguin Eggs, Folk Roots Radio (UK) and No Depression. Dana was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in the English Songwriter of the year category and shortlisted for the Ontario Arts Council Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award and the Kerrville Folk Festival “New Folk” songwriter competition.



From Joey’s Klondike cabin wafts nostalgic folk-country about trucks and dogs. Her semi-narrative sophomore album, Ever Ahead, is an undeniable road-trip record that Exclaim! deems is made up of “postcard-like, twanged-out folk tracks”, Canadian Beats dubs “an audiobook narrated behind bluesy, western melodies”, and CBC Arts declares “is rife with playful poetry and sees O’Neil casually bounce between tongue-in-cheek lyrics and a true sense of heartbreak.” Inspired by countless cross-country journeys with her trusty canine copilot named Oblio, its nine original songs straddle the line between humour and sadness, sharing intimate anecdotes that present feminist perspectives to some classic country tropes. Having shared stages with Julie Doiron, Basia Bulat, and Jennifer Castle, she often ventures back and forth between the Yukon and Ontario homes playing intimate shows along the way.


Every Friday starting May 27th at KIAC Ballroom / Dënäkär Zho

Visit kiac.eventbrite.ca for the list of performers and to buy tickets!

Co-presented by KIAC and the Klondike Visitors Association


June 10, 2022
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (KIAC)


Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (KIAC)
902 2nd Avenue, Dawson City + Google Map
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Artist In Residence Activities & Outreach

Artist in Residence activities include artist talks, studio tours, interactive events, and more.

Founded in 2001, in a partnership with Parks Canada, the KIAC Artist in Residence Program has welcomed over 300 talented artists, musicians and filmmakers to Dawson City from all regions of Canada and around the world. Our alumni include Sobey Art Award nominees, Western Canada Music Award winners, and prize-winning filmmakers from film festivals across the globe.

Check out the current Artists in Residence

Film Events

Film activities include film screenings, film selections, and more.

KIAC is proud to host an exciting roster of film screenings and film-related events throughout the year, such as the 48 Hour Film Challenge and Dawson City International Short Film Festival, numerous workshops, and other opportunities.


Exhibition activities include gallery viewing hours, exhibition openings, artist talks, calls for submissions, and more.

ODD Gallery

The ODD Gallery, located in the Dënäkär Zho / KIAC building, presents a wide array of outreach programming including artist talks, openings, lectures, screenings, youth programs and other special events. Gallery programming fosters professionalism and appreciation of regional visual arts practice, and provides the community with exposure and access to a diverse range of contemporary visual arts practices and theories in a remote, northern setting.

Check out the current exhibition

Kids & Youth Programs

Kids & youth activities include: music lessons, art classes, dance classes, book readings, toddler classes, after-school programs.

Year-Round Programming

Kids and Youth (toddler to teen) programming ranges from music lessons (vocals, piano) to dance class (ballet, hip hop, and more), to hands-on workshops (pottery, screen-printing, animation and more) and is offered regularly throughout the year. KIAC strives to subsidize Kids & Youth programs as much as possible via grants and funding. Programming ranges from free Drop-Ins to registered weekly programs.

Youth Art Enrichment

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. Students choose one of three mediums to study for the duration of the program, learning new skills, techniques, and ways to creatively make artwork for the world to see. The mediums change every year: we have offered printmaking, animation, painting, carving, stained glass, illustration, improv, and much more over the last two decades.

Learn more about Youth Art Enrichment

Performing Arts

Performing arts activities include: concerts, theatre and dance performances, open mics, radio broadcasts, special events, and more.

KIAC presents a year-round professional performing arts series in the beautiful second floor Ballroom that actively engages our community and provides inspiring performance opportunities for international, national, and regional artists in many disciplines. Our diverse programming includes jazz, classical, folk & roots, experimental, dance, theatre, and more.


Workshops include: weekly drop-ins, registered programs, weekend workshops, and more.

KIAC presents a year-round schedule of educational opportunities ranging from drop in programs (pottery, screenprinting, seniors painting, concert band), to registered workshops (dance, music, film, visual art, craft, textiles, etc), to professional development opportunities for artists (grant writing, artwork documentation, etc).

Learn more about registration, upcoming courses, and outreach activities.