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: James O’Connor at editorial@nnsl.com at least a week prior to the



Aug. 16

7 p.m to 1 a.m.

Karaoke Fundraiser for Pride

From  NWT Pride: “We have had to change our fundraiser at the last minute, but that does not mean it’s cancelled. We will be moving to a karaoke format and we encourage everyone to come out and help us out!” Donations to be collected at the door. Pay what you can. Prizes all night long! At Twist & Shout.


Aug. 16

11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Burgers to Beat MS

Stop by your local A&W on August 16 2018 – $2 from every Teen Burger Sold will help those living with MS. Hosted by MS Society of Canada AB/NT Yellowknife Office.


Aug. 16

8 p.m.

Screening of Rising Voices 

Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre

A free screening followed by light refreshments. Rising Voices, produced by TakingITGlobal in partnership with Heritage Canada, is a “poignant and telling motion picture that offers insight into the lives of diverse individuals across Canada — their passions, struggles and stories.,” states publicity material. Topics discussed include mental health, indigenous rights, systemic discrimination, expression through the arts, cultural reintegration, environmental sustainability, young love, and refugees. “The sole purpose of this film is to give the platform to these young people to let the country know how we can improve on our communities, build upon our success, reconcile and understand that as a community we all have the same desires and drives.”


Aug. 16

7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

100 Women Who Give a Damn Yellowknife

Next meeting is at the Top Knight. The more the merrier, everyone is welcome, bring a friend!


Aug. 17 to 18

NWT Pride Festival

photo by Melanie Orr
Jerilynn Webster, aka JB The First Lady, is a Vancouver-based hip hop and spoken word artist, beat-boxer, cultural dancer and youth educator. She is at NWT Pride Festival Aug. 18 at the Legion.

Join in a celebration of queer and trans culture at the NWT Pride Festival. “All are welcome to come and journey with us and experience a Pride that is Northern at heart and spirit.”

Aug. 17 – 11;30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cupcakes at the Post Office

Aug. 18 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Somba K’e Festival: Workshops under two tents; kids play area; and free BBQ. 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.Queer and Trans Celebration at the Legion: live DJ; door prizes; and a 50/50 draw.

See NWT Pride Facebook page for more info.


Aug. 17

9 p.m.


Twist & Shout wants to be Yk’s Karaoke centre. Fridays at 9 p.m.


Aug. 17 to 31

NWTSPCA 2019 Fundraising Calendar

It’s that time of year again! The NWT SPCA is gearing up for our 2019 Calendar. This fundraiser is so popular and successful that we’re bringing it back! Submit your best pet photo for a chance to get in the 2019 Calendar – a yearly event to raise funds for abused or neglected animals of the North. All pets are welcome! Calendars will be ready for sale in November. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for more details. We are also selling our monthly calendar feature spots for just $250. Hurry up and gets yours before they are sold out! Last year we sold out in just a few days! Deadline for photo submissions is Aug. 31. For more information please visit nwtspca.com.


Aug. 17

3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Friendship to the MAX! Day

Join the Yellowknife Public Library staff members to celebrate the “greatest comic series of all time”: The Lumberjanes! In honour of these fearless campers, the library invites you to join us for a celebratory campfire (of sorts), ghost stories, and marshmellows. Dress up as your favourite Lumberjane and win camp badges. For more information or to check out the Lumberjanes series, visit the library.


Aug. 18

9 a.m. to noon

Bouge’s Buds Lemonade and Bake Sale Fundraiser

The team at Bouge’s Buds is gearing up for a series of mini fundraisers, with goals of raising $500 a pop, lead by Audrey Debogorski. The Debo family and children will have two lemonade and bake sales over the next two Saturdays, and we invite you to come by 6174 Finlayson Dr. N., visit with the family, and indulge in some treats and refreshments. All funds raised are going towards our ultimate goal of raising $50,000 by the end of October in order to find a long term care giver for Andrew, and support his family’s day to day needs.


Aug. 18

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Latham Island Race

Many years ago a group of prospectors got into a drunken argument about whether Latham Island could be canoed in under 20 minutes …
On Saturday 1:30 p.m., let’s see who was right! Meet at the Latham Island Causeway. Categories: Canoe, kayak, paddle-boards. Singles or double up with a partner. You must bring a life-jacket, other safety equipment is your own responsibility.
Register at zone4.ca or find the link under ‘events’ on the Yellowknife Multisport website. Prizes for 1st place in each category!
Hosted by YK Multisport Club and Somba K’e Paddling Club


Aug. 18

1 p.m.

Bubble Soccer is back on

photo courtesy of City of Yellowknife
Bubble Soccer is back on.

Hosted by SideDoor Resource Centre For YOUth at the Yellowknife Fieldhouse, this event is free for youth and adults 15 years and older. Bubble soccer is a unique version of soccer with a twist: Each player is enveloped inside a giant inflatable bubble. This makes soccer more entertaining as teams try to score by bouncing, rolling, bumping, flipping over and crashing into each other. Each participant will be required to sign a liability waiver formally acknowledging the inherent risks involved in this activity.


Aug. 18

Live Action Game Party

Hosted by Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife: Come join us for an evening of fun for all ages as we become the game pieces in our favourite classic board/video games, like Clue, Pac-Man and Hungry Hungry Hippos. Snacks will be provided. This is an alcohol-free event.


Aug. 19

3 p.m.

Cars ‘n’ Coffee

Cars ‘n’ Coffee, 2018 Season. Last event of the season! Show off your ride. At the Tim Hortons/Mark’s Work Wearhouse parking lot.


Aug. 21

5:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Dylan Short/NNSL photo
Yellowknife Farmer’s market at Somba K’e plaza.

Farmers Market

Rain or shine, the Yellowknife Farmers Market runs every Tuesday evening at Somba K’e Civic Plaza in front of City Hall from through Sept. 18. Bring your family and friends to enjoy a delicious dinner in the sun. Shop for locally grown produce, locally harvested fish, fresh baked breads, homemade jams, crafts, live music and more! Just a few weeks left for the season, as last market is on Aug. 28.


Aug. 24

Noon to 4 p.m.

Camp Connections

Join the Foster Family Coalition of the NWT at Camp Connections for the last day of its summer season and the unveiling of its new cook house with a day of games, swimming, a fire lunch and most of all fun. Camp Connections is a summer camp for children and youth whose lives have involved social services. While camp is in session the location is private but this Camp Day is a chance for everyone to experience the magic of Camp Connections. Camp is located along the Cameron River on the Ingraham Trail, It is marked by a large sign on the right hand side of the road and is approximate 57 kilomtres down the road.


Aug. 24 and 25

9 p.m.

Simon King/Instagram
Comedian Simon King is in Yellowknife at The Woodyard for two nights, Aug. 24 to 25.

Comedy Night featuring Simon King

The Woodyard Brewhouse & Eatery presents a very special Comedy Night featuring the talented Simon King. King has been featured at the HBO Comedy Festival in Aspen Colorado, the TBS Comedy Festival in Las Vegas, Northwest Comedy Fest and The Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal to name only a few. “A dynamic and explosive performer he has multiple television and radio appearances including a one hour national special on CTV and the Comedy Network,” states promotional material. In addition to King, there will be a selection of Yellowknife comedians as well as a special guest, Vancouver comedian, Shane Clark. Tickets on sale for individuals and tables.


Aug. 25

10 a.m. to noon

E-bike meet-up

Do you have an electric bike? Don’t have one but want to learn more about them? Join the Arctic Energy Alliance for a meet-up and ride. We’ll meet at Somba K’e Civic Plaza at 10 a.m., compare bikes, learn about the features of some of the different models out there and go for a little ride (route TBD). Don’t have an e-bike? No problem. Bring your regular bike and feel free to ask questions to find out what e-bikes are all about.


Oct. 19 and 20

All You Need Is Love

All You Need Is Love – A Beatles’ Tribute & Celebration of Love and Music by local musicians. From the folks who brought you The Last of the Unplucked Gems and Dead Poets’ Society, comes a night of love, music, and lovely music. Musicians: This is a two-night event and we need a commitment to perform both nights. Each band should choose three to four songs, but beware if you’re looking at the White Album or Sergeant Peppers, those songs run long. Please contact Rebecca Clare Davis for more details and to book your songs. There are limited spaces for artists, so get in touch early. At The Black Knight.


Aug. 25

1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Fall Harvest Fair 

The Fall Harvest Fair has been celebrating local agriculture and harvesting in the Yellowknife region since 2010. In the past, it has been held at Northern United Place in Yellowknife, as well as in N’Dilo. This year, we have partnered with the Yellowknife Community Garden Collective, and the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, who are helping coordinate the event at the Weledeh Yellowknife River site. This is always a great community event that includes a potluck, preserve making, workshops and other celebrations. Interested in getting involved? Please contact us if you are interested in putting on a workshop, volunteering, or lending a hand in some other capacity. For more information, contact Molly at molly@ecologynorth.ca or call us at 873-6019.


Aug. 26

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

NWT SPCA Memorial Walk, Run and Carnival

The NWT SPCA’s annual Memorial Dog Walk, Run and Carnival takes place on Sunday, Aug. 26 at Somba K’e Park. Registration for the Walk and 5K Run will start at 9 a.m. Run starts at 10 a.m. and walk starts at 10:15 a.m. Get pledge sheets at; nwtspca.com to raise money for the NWT SPCA. There will be a carnival, with a bouncy castle, games and prizes, food, popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones and more. Volunteers are needed, contact Sarah Martin at communications@nwtspca.com.


Oct. 26

5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Haunted Halloween Annual Benefit Auction

Hosted by NWT Disabilities Council. The Annual Benefit Auction will be held at the Chateau Nova Hotel. We will be doing a Haunted Halloween theme again this year, so bring your spookiest, scariest funniest costumes for a spook-tacular evening!