Yk Buzz events around Yellowknife

Welcome to Yellowknifer’s events calendar. We try to offer readers a complete list of activities, with a focus on entertainment options and events put on by non-profit groups. Please submit items for consideration to: editorial@nnsl.com at least a week prior to the date. YKBuzz runs in the Weekend Yellowknifer print edition on Fridays.

April 19

noon to 1 p.m.

Local Food Systems in the North

In this interactive workshop, learn how you are connected to the Yellowknife food system and how you can work with others to create a more just and sustainable food system for everyone. Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre


April 19

7 to 9 p.m.

Climate Change Action Panel

Get involved and learn about important issues facing the North. Come out and participate in our panel discussion as we discuss the challenges and solutions to climate change in the North. Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre


April 20

6:30 to 8 p.m.

Chase the Ace

Brought to you by Yellowknife Gymnastics Club, the popular fundraiser is now just under $125,000 with only 10 cards left. Tickets will be sold at: Monkey Tree, Black Knight, Baker Center and Multiplex.


April 20

9 p.m. to 2 a.m.


Before we drop it like it’s hot, let the gig get at you by baking up some good tracks with all the best hitters around. Bring your lungs for a chance to make this 4/20 the #1 SESSION to date. This is not a test! Live Recording Everything could be post accessed through the engineer and nothing over one minute is shared publicly. Cover charge is $5 cover, free for all musicians


April 20
7:30 p.m.

Spring Concert

Lifetime Melodies is the Yellowknife Choral Society’s annual Spring Concert, featuring performances by all 3 choirs: Fireweed Children’s Chorus, Ursa Miners and Aurora Chorealis. Each choir will present music about the ages and stages of life and of important events within a lifetime. The performance showcases the diversity of each choir and includes music through the ages – from renaissance to pop. At Centre Ice Plaza, 480 Range Lake Rd. Tickets are now available at Roy’s Audio Video Unlimited and will also be available at the door.


April 21

1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Coffee House and Silent Auction

The annual Ecology North Coffee House. There will be a clothing swap and silent auction, a bake sale, music, coffee (or tea), and educational activities. Mildred Hall School


April 21

7:30 p.m.

photo courtesy of Double Treble Fiddle
Local musician Andrea Bettger releases new album April 21.

Andrea Bettger Album Release Party

Come to hear Andrea Bettger, Pat Braden, Ben Russo and Al Bee play and celebrate Andrea’s brand new CD, Snappy Day. The evening will begin with the locally famed verses of Tony Foliot (a.k.a. The Snowking), followed by two dynamic sets of music. Come armed with $15 cash only for door admission and CD purchase for a reduced cost of $15.


April 21

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Snail Mail Party

Join an inter-library pen pal program with the Lanark Highlands Public Library in Lanark Village, Ontario. Choose a pen pal to write to (ages 7 to 65). Library will provide the cards, pens, and the postage. The letters will be sent through the libraries so you do not need to provide your personal address. At the Kids’ Area in the Library


April 21

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Volunteer recognition breakfast

The City of Yellowknife is hosting a pancake breakfast for city volunteers during the fourth annual Volunteer Recognition Event on Saturday, April 21 in the Multiplex gymnasium. Starting at 9 a.m., community volunteers will be treated to a free pancake breakfast served by Food Rescue. Formal recognition presentations will start at 9:30 a.m. Community volunteers are welcome to attend the free event which is focused on recognizing the important role they play in contributing to community development and programming. At the Mulitplex Gymnasium.


April 22

7 p.m.

Yellowknife Youth Choir Spring Concert

The Yellowknife Youth Choir is pleased to present a Spring Concert on Sunday  at Holy Trinity Anglican Church. The choir has prepared music from many different countries as well a musical version of Anne of Green Gables. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. More information: ykyouthchoir@gmail.com


April 22

11 a.m. to noon

Nature Photography Session

Bring your cameras and celebrate Earth Day by capturing your own nature photos. Learn a few tips and tricks along the way from fellow beginner photographers, nature enthusiasts, and from our host. Share your photos at the end using #EarthDay. Somba K’e Park


April 22

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Earth Week Story Walk

Join the NWT Literacy Council for a Sunday afternoon stroll along Frame Lake Trail, complete with kid-friendly activities, prizes, and a story. Somba K’e Park by the playground



Apr 27 and  Apr 28

7:30 PM

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Music 

COSY presents a concert of music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, featuring sopranos Susan Shantora and Claire Singer, flautist Maureen Crotty-Williams with Anita Kuzma on piano, Rowena Dixon-Wiest, piano and COSY instrumentalists including: Barbara Fortin-Clinton, Karen Hamre, Andrea Boothe, Tracy Carroll &
We welcome special guest, Canadian pianist, Cheryl Emery-Karapita to accompany our singers for the concert, give workshops for local pianists in the art of accompanying and Cheryl, along with some of the other performers will also be visiting some Yellowknife schools. There will be two performances starting at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. At Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 4909 52nd St. Tickets: $20 adults; $15 seniors/children. Available from Roy’s Audio Video or at the door.


April 24

5;30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

2nd annual IPAC NWT Speed Networking

Hosted by Twist & Shout and Institute of Public Administration of Canada – NWT Region. Are you new to Yellowknife? In a new job? Thinking about the next steps in your career or seeking to make new contacts? Bring your business cards and join the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC)’s Northwest Territories chapter for an interactive evening at the 2nd annual speed-networking event!  Attending this event is by donation which will be shared with the NWTSPCA, but participants must register in advance. Recommended donation is $10. at Twist & Shout.


April 26

7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Card Making

Tired of not having the right card when you need it? You can make your own! Come out and join us for an evening of card making, using many techniques that can be incorporated into scrapbooking. In these classes we will learn different stamping techniques as well. All supplies are included in the cost of the class. Registration is required. Course Fee: $35.50 per class.


April 26 to 28

8 p.m.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

The Ptarmigan Ptheatrics Spring Musical is a romp through Rome including “desperate lovers, mistaken identities, scheming neighbors and secrets behind every toga.” Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Special opening night festivities. Tickets today at the Northern Art and Cultural Centre (naccnt.ca). The 99-minute show is rated PG-13.

April 27

8 p.m. show at 10 p.m.

The Queens of the Glamazon

At SHOUT, 4915 50th St. The Queens of the Glamazon return to Yk for 2 shows. Tickets are $35 advance $40 at the door (if any left). Tickets available at Twist and Shout during regular business hours. Cash only.


April 28

Michael Hugall/NNSL photo
John Smith Jr, left, Debra Smith, Barbara Smith, Linda Smith, John Smith Sr, Krista Smith, Keith Smith and Stacey Smith pose for a photo together on Saturday.
John Smith Sr. was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in November, his children have organized an event on April 28 to support their father and raise awareness for the rare cancer.

7 p.m. to – midnight

Head Shave for Cancer 

At the Raven Pub, six siblings will be shaving their heads, along with friends, and other family members, to raise awareness for esophageal cancer and to raise money for the Canadian cancer society. John Smith, father, brother, grandfather, and friend of so many, got diagnosed with esophageal cancer in December. His children decided that it’s one for all and all for one. We also sell hotdogs and roses every Friday at the The Raven Pub for the cause. If you would like more information or to sponsor us please contact Barbara Bell, smithbarbara@hotmail.com or at 867-446-3800.


April 27

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Avengers! Movie Night

Join members of the YKACL Young Adults Group and YAY Fusion! Teen Group for an AVENGERS! Movie Night. Meet at Abe Miller Building, 4912 53 St., at 6pm and head over to Capitol Theatre for a screening of Avengers: Infinity War. The YKACL Young Adults Group is an inclusive social group for youth aged 19 to 27 years with or without special needs. The YKACL Yay Fusion! Teen Group is an inclusive social group for youth aged 13 to 18 years with or without special needs. Please RSVP to Michael: 920-2644 or at inclusion2@YKACL.CA

April 27 to 28

7:30 p.m.

Classics on Stage Yellowknife

A concert of music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, featuring sopranos Susan Shantora and Claire Singer, flautist Maureen Crotty-Williams with Anita Kuzma on piano, Rowena Dixon-Wiest, piano and COSY instrumentalists including: Barbara Fortin-Clinton, Karen Hamre, Andrea Boothe, Tracy Carroll & Helen Rooney. With special guest, Canadian pianist Cheryl Emery-Karapita who will accompany our singers for the concert. $20 adults; $15 seniors/children. Available from Roy’s Audio Video or at the door.


May 1

6:30 p.m to 9:30 p.m

A Better Man Film Screening

YWCA NWT, in partnership with the Yellowknife Women’s Society, will be screening A Better Man, a documentary film by Attiya Khan & Lawrence Jackman that has screened at film festivals and venues around the world. A Better Man offers a fresh look at the healing and revelation that can happen for everyone involved when men take responsibility for their abuse. Free admission. Northern United Place,5004  54 St.. Note: This film contains sensitive material and is not recommended for viewers under age 16. A counsellor will be onsite.


May 1

Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Business Club Luncheon with Governor Stephen S. Poloz

Hosted by Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce. Please join us as Stephen S. Poloz discusses the interaction between interest rates and the Canadian economy. Explorer Hotel (Katimavik Room B+C0. Tickets are $30. Seating is limited, please RSVP by e-mailing Programs@YKChamber.com


May 2 to 5

8 p.m.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

The Ptarmigan Ptheatrics Spring Musical is a romp through Rome includeing “desperate lovers, mistaken identities, scheming neighbors and secrets behind every toga.” Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Special opening night festivities. Tickets today at the Northern Art and Cultural Centre (naccnt.ca). The 99-minute show is rated PG-13.


May 2

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Employment Cafe

Looking for a job? Employment Cafe is back. Come with your Resume and your best smile to network in a professional but relaxed atmosphere! At the Greenstone Building, 5101 50 Ave.


May 3

7 p.m.

Brahms Violin Sonatas

Erik Visser photo
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra’s concertmaster Robert Uchida

Local music company Black Ice Sound launches a musical concert series, with the classical music of Brahms played by two of Canada’s top chamber performers. Black Ice Sound owner Carmen Braden says “Yellowknife is increasingly on the map as a place for fantastic players to bring their music. I am thrilled to be starting a series of musical encounters featuring engaging, exciting music and phenomenal performers.” Performed by Edmonton Symphony Orchestra’s concertmaster Robert Uchida (violin) and superb Halifax pianist Peter Allen in their first visit to Yellowknife, this promises to be a concert filled with musical passion, subtlety and world-class playing. Museum Cafe, Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre. Admission by donation. For more information contact Carmen Braden at Black Ice Sound: blackicesound.com


May 5

5 p.m. start

Cinqo De Mayo

NWT Brewing Company’s annual Cinqo De Mayo celebration featuring a special Mexican inspired small plate menu, plenty of margaritas, feature cocktails and tequila. Let’s say goodbye to winter in style!


May 4 and 5

George Canyon to Open New Legion

The Yellowknife Legion, Branch #164 is having our Grand Opening at our New location at 4511 Franklin Ave (under Coyote’s). We are ecstatic to have George Canyon open our new facility. Hope to see you there! Advance ticket sales have taken place. There are still some tickets left.  You can purchase tickets at the Legion during regular business hours (4 p.m. until 10 p.m.), while tickets last. Price is $100 for Legion members (must show card, one ticket per membership), $125 for non-members.


May 5

8 to 11 a.m.

Indoor Garage Sale

The City of Yellowknife is hosting the annual Indoor Garage Sale on Saturday at the Multiplex. Tables are now on sale. For more information or to book a table, contact the city booking clerk at 669-3457.


May 5

10 a.m.  to noon.

Gumboot Rally

The Gumboot Rally is the annual major fundraiser for the Yellowknife Association for Community Living ( YKACL). The popular event is attended by teams of politicians, unions, business owners and their employees, professionals, government workers, sports teams, school staff, students and families. The morning features contests of skill – such as The Boot Toss and The Boot Bowl-A-Thon – along with live music, magic shows and a BBQ.  For more information: ykacl.ca/event/gumboot-rally-2018/


May 5

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Art & Yoga of Mandala

Join Maureen & Dawna to explore not only the art of mandala making but also a beautiful mandala yoga sequence during this six-hour full-day workshop. Learn a bit of the history and various cultures that create(d) mandalas while also taking the time for self-exploration to come up with a mandala design that reflects you. You’ll have the opportunity to complete your mandala in acrylic paint on 6″ x 6″ canvas. Preregistration is required and space is limited. Cost $125. You may also register in person. Payment includes all art supplies, yoga and art instruction, and healthy snacks.


May 6

MS Walk

10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m

Step up to end MS. Sign up for the 6th Annual Jayman Built MS Walk online at mswalks.ca or call 867-444-0338. Walk starts and Finishes at Mildred Hall School Front Gym There is a one kilometre and five kilometre route. Also a stroller/wheelchair accessible route.


May 12 and 13

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet

Hosted by The Explorer Hotel, time to spoil that special mother in your life. Join us on either May 12 or 13 for our Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet! Call today for reservations 867-873-3531.


May 12

7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m

Game of Clones: National Premiere

Hosted by Northern Arts and Cultural Centre – NACC. Game of Clones is the hilarious parody mash-up from the creators of the international hit MacHomer. Their new production mixes George Lucas with George R.R. Martin in a mash-up of two beloved sagas Star Wars and A Song of Ice and Fire. Timing of show approximately 80-85 minutes, with no intermission Ticket Prices: adults $35, senior $25, and youth $25.


May 12 to 13

10 a.m. opens

Spring Trade Show

YK Chamber Annual Spring Trade Show from the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce. At the Multiplex. Admission is: $5 person, or $20 for families and kids under three are free. For more information, including registration forms and sponsorship opportunities, visit: ykchamber.com/spring-trade-show.

May 14

7 p.m.

Festival Showcase Concert

Yellowknife Music Festival features some of the best of Yellowknife’s young musicians. at Northern Arts and Cultural Centre. This is the final event in the 2018 Yellowknife Music Festival. It will feature performances by the top performers as chosen by the adjudicators, scholarship winners and Alberta Provincial Festival Candidates. This is a family event and will feature performers of all ages. Come out and see Yellowknife’s brightest stars. Donations are welcome and will be used to support the continuation of the Yellowknife Music Festival.


May 26

9 a.m. start

2018 Sixth Annual YK Grand Prix

The Sixth Annual YK Grand Prix will be held on School Draw Avenue! More details to come so stay tuned! If there is a rain day, our second day is scheduled for May 27.


May 27

11 a.m. to  3 p.m.

Brain Tumour Walk


Join us for our 3rd Annual Brain Tumour Walk to raise money and Awareness for Brain Tumours. Every day 21 Canadians are diagnosed with a Brain Tumour. Lets show them our support. Please Register so we can ensure we have enough T-Shirts, Food and Water for everyone.


May 19

7:30 p.m.

Scott MacIsaac in Concert

Hailed as a pianist with “brio and imagination” by the New York Times and possessing “natural grace and refinement” by the Calgary Herald, Canadian pianist Scott MacIsaac has performed as a soloist throughout North America, China and in much of Western Europe. At Northern Arts and Cultural Centre. Adults are $35, seniors are $25 and youth $25.June 20


June 20

5 to 7 p.m.

Midnight Sun Show & Shine

Hosted by NWT Riders Association and NWTSPCA. The NWT Riders Association’s Annual Midnight Sun Truck, Car and Motorcycle Show & Shine. Multiplex parking. Midnight Motorcycle Ride to follow. Registration is $20 and vehicle set-up is from 5 to 7 p.m. Shine up those wheels for a chance to win draw prizes. Open to the public so come check out the vehicles, BBQ, and silent auction.Proceeds to benefit the NWT SPCA.


July 20 to 22

Noon, opens daily

Folk On The Rocks 2018

The two-day weekend event (plus the Friday opening gala Warm the Rocks) has grown into one of Canada’s top summertime music and cultural festivals, drawing performers from the NWT, Nunavut and all across Canada for the North’s biggest party under the midnight sun. More than 24 hours of programming on five stages, including a children’s area and a beer garden, promises fun and enjoyment for all ages. Along with the music, crowds can savour international and traditional cuisine at the food fair, buy Northern creative works, and check out other non-profit groups and activities in the artisan tent. Find out more at: folkontherocks.com