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Palace Grand Theatre

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225 King Street
Dawson City, Canada Y0B1G0 Canada
867-993-7200 https://www.pc.gc.ca/

The Palace Grand Theatre opened in gala style in July 1899. The theatre was a combination of a luxurious European opera house and boomtown dance hall. It was built by “Arizona Charlie Meadows”; a Wild West showman who came to Dawson City during the Klondike Gold Rush.

The present-day Palace Grand Theatre is an elegant three-storey wood structure with an impressive false front façade. It was re-constructed in 1962 as a nearly exact replica, with the exception of some interior elements and life safety improvements, of the original 1899 Palace Grand Theatre (deemed ‘not restorable’ due to shifting foundations). The rebuild was inspired by Stratford, Ontario, guru Tom Patterson, to be the base for a northern annual theatre festival, and was launched with a money-losing run of Foxy (a Klondike remodelled version of Ben Jonson’s Volpone). Once reality set in, it became the home of the less ambitious Gaslight Follies—a mixture of vaudeville and melodrama, for many years.

The theatre is used seasonally (May through September) for rentals, events, performances – most notably a venue at the annual Dawson City Music Festival, and various Parks interpretative programs. The building was closed in 2016 and 2017 for extensive repairs. The Friends of the Palace Grand organization, spun off of the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (KIAC), took on the task of devising a new plan of theatre delivery during the years that the building was closed, turning to radio plays instead. The theatre group has since returned to the Palace Grand for summer programming.

The building is part of the Dawson Historical Complex National Historic Site of Canada, which commemorates Dawson’s role in the Klondike Gold Rush.

August 2021

Ivan Coyote ‘Care of’ Book Launch and Performance at the Palace Grand Theatre

August 14, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Palace Grand Theatre, 225 King Street
Dawson City, Canada Y0B1G0 Canada
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Print & Publishing Festival Presents Ivan Coyote 'Care of' Book Launch and Performance at the Palace Grand Theatre Hosted by - and including a performance by - Becky Johnson Admission by Donation, reserve your ticket in advance Physical distancing WILL be in place with limited capacity. Masks are mandatory upon entry until you are seated. Masks must be worn any time you leave your seat. If online ticket ordering does not work for you, contact KIAC at 993 - 5005…

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October 2021

Dawson City Drive In

October 9, 2021 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Palace Grand Theatre, 225 King Street
Dawson City, Canada Y0B1G0 Canada
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Join us at the Legendary Palace Grand Theatre for a Drive in Cinema Night. Saturday October 9th at 9pm (Please arrive at 8:30 pm so we can get everyone parked). Sit in the comfort of your car, tune into CFYT 106.9 for the sound and enjoy the films! A fantastic selection of short films from the 2020 and 2021 Dawson City International Short Film Festival. $20 per vehicle. Please buy your tickets in advance using the link below. (Starting October…

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May 2022

DRONE DAY at the Palace Grand Theatre

May 28 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Palace Grand Theatre, 225 King Street
Dawson City, Canada Y0B1G0 Canada
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So you'd like to drone? (not the flying kind) Drone Day, an annual celebration of drone, community, and experimental sounds, takes place all over the world - including the Palace Grand Theatre in Dawson City - on Sat, May 28 from 3-5pm If you'd like to join us to create a blanket of immersive sound on Saturday afternoon, please contact us at events@kiac.ca. This gathering is meant to be open, collaborative, and fun. Check out droneday.org for more info

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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.

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Confluence Gallery

The Confluence Series at the SOVA Gallery is a community exhibition series which offers a space for KIAC members working in any medium to exhibit their artwork throughout the summer months. The SOVA Gallery is located in the Yukon School of Visual Arts at 3rd and Queen in Dawson City.

Learn more about the Confluence Gallery schedule and calls for submissions

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.