Upcoming events in Yellowknife
Check out what’s happening this month and beyond.
Welders Daughter Live (Reoccurring Event)
Tuesdays to Thursdays, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Saturdays, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Enjoy the musical stylings of the Gold Range’s in-house band, Welders Daughter.
Storytelling night at Wildcat Cafe
Storytellers and story lovers are invited to the Wildcat Cafe on Feb. 24 for an evening of tales and light refreshments.Read More
Fires crackle in old safes
David Giroux has been making woodstoves out of whatever he can find. The Dettah man started Arctic Fire Stores in 2009, and since then has sold over 250 stoves. His newest creation? Stoves out of old safes.Read More
Theatre production giving voice to Indigenous women
A premiere at the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre this weekend will give audiences a story which is not often told in the country.Read More
Indigenous women to get lesson in business
An entrepreneurial training program for Indigenous women will be offered this spring in Hay River.Read More
LETTER: Arts deserve a share of lottery funds
From: Travis Mercredi,
I’ve been advised to provide my comment on sharing lottery funding between sports and arts. It is as follows:Read More
Hay River to get marine training centre
The federal government is spending $12.6 million over three years to establish a marine training centre in Hay River, it announced at the beginning of the month.Read More
Arts groups ask for a piece of lottery pie
Artists and arts organizations are asking to be included as beneficiaries of money raised through lottery ticket sales.Read More
Gunning for stardom: Northern Scene Series showcases two local artists
The music scene in the NWT is getting some professional tips from a national critic.Read More
Gunning for stardom
The Northern Arts and Cultural Centre is preparing for their Northern Scene Series showcase this weekend and is inviting Music Canada Live executive director, Erin Benjamin to consult two local artists.Read More
Wrigley getting new fiddles
The original home of the Kole Crook Fiddle Association almost lost its link with the instrument after local youth couldn’t find fiddles, until one day help came from Nanaimo, B.C.Read More
Moosemeat & Marmalade showcases local cuisine
Season three of documentary cooking show Moosemeat & Marmalade will feature two episodes filmed in Yellowknife.Read More
Clair Littlefair hits the podium with bronze medal performance at Haywood NorAm Western Canadian Championships
Clair Littlefair may not be racing with the Yellowknife Ski Club’s high performance program anymore but the city’s loss is Team Telemark’s gain.Read More
Aglukark brings therapy through art
The Kivalliq’s own international recording artist, Susan Aglukark, was in Rankin Inlet to deliver an arts program to students at Maani Ulujuk Ilinniarvik (MUI) on Jan. 11.Read More
Arviat actors get an international hand
It was a special day at John Arnalukjuak High School in Arviat when it hosted the first international Connected North session on Jan. 11 with the Globe Theatre in London, England.Read More
Man charged with firearm offences, detained
A Kimmirut man was arrested after police received a complaint about a male discharging a firearm outside a residence Jan. 8.Read More
New infrastructure announced
Funding was announced for four projects and various highway fix-ups across the territory on Thursday by the federal and territorial governments.
Highways 1, 3, 4, 7 and 8 will be fixed up, along with various community access roads and winter roads; there will be updates to roads and ditches in Nahanni Butte, as well as the installation of culverts and infill for low-lying areas. Trout Lake is getting a cold storage garage, Colville Lake is getting a new youth centre and Wrigley is getting a new sewage vacuum truck.
Total contributions for the projects are $72,125,000 from the federal government, $23,875,000 from the GNWT and $354,700 from community governments.Read More
AWG Performers get more than Northern exposure
Performers at the 2018 Arctic Winter Games (AWG) will now be compensated for their work.Read More
NACC bringing Robinson Crusoe + Friday to Hay River
A new take on a classic story is coming to Hay River.Read More
Aglukark organization launches youth program
The Arctic Rose Foundation will launch its first program, Creative Cultural Reflections, in Rankin Inlet Jan. 10, through partnership with Maani Ulujuk Ilinniarvik.Read More
Life-sized Mr. Potato Head
Visual arts teacher Alexandra Winchester would have probably given Grade 11 Cheyenne Gully a good mark just for making the hat part, but the student went out of her way in a papier-mache pop art project, creating a life-sized Mr. Potato Head.Read More
St.Patrick High School presents Annie Jr
St. Patrick students have been given the creative freedom to produce Annie Jr.Read More
Seniors can click instead of shovel
A long-standing Yellowknife initiative is getting a technological makeover.Read More
Local film makes waves
When Jerri Thrasher and Tamara Voudrach started screening their short film The Last Walk, they were just excited to show off their work.
“We weren’t thinking about winning anything,” said Thrasher, who was a writer and director on the project.Read More
RCMP to focus on impaired driving
The RCMP’s Traffic Services, along with detachments throughout the NWT, launched their Christmastime traffic enforcement patrols and check stops on Dec. 1.
The annual campaign – called Operation Gingerbread – targets impaired driving and will run to Jan. 1.Read More
Channel 19 back on air in Arviat
Community cable Channel 19 is back on the air, and that’s a good thing for the community of Arviat.Read More
Nothern Arts and Cultural Centre concludes Canada 150 performances
The final production for the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre’s Canada 150 performances will take place this weekend.
Yellowknife native Leelay Gilday is one-of-eight musicians with the Northern Arts Orchestra which will be showcasing their talent at NACC marking Canada’s milestone year.Read More
Snowking kicks off raffle after costly new measures imposed by fire marshal
Fire alarms in a snow castle? The odd pairing is just one of the demands organizers of the Snowking Winter Festival will have to meet following a list of orders put forth by NWT Fire Marshal Chucker Dewar.
Creators of the annual castle say they’re now scrambling to comply before construction begins.Read More
Sharing laughs in Cambridge Bay
David Ohokannoak believes comedy is a path to wellness, and he’s helping people down that path.Read More
Great Northern Arts Festival cashes in
At least $150,000 changed hands at the 29th annual Great Northern Arts Festival this year, according to Executive Director Marie Horstead.Read More
Sending a signal: antenna to showcase Inuvik art
Inuvik artists are getting the chance to broadcast their work on an out-of-this-world canvas.Read More
Fundraiser caps GNAF’s 29th year
The Great Northern Arts Festival’s 29th year was a perilous one in some ways, with funding challenges almost pulling the plug on its signature summer event, but spirits are high going into the organization’s 30th anniversary and local vendors must be happy with the cash that came in at the recent Christmas craft fair.Read More
On the mural train
Hay River now has its own mural to celebrate Canada 150, and it’s a piece of art that hundreds of residents had a hand in creating.Read More
Modern twist on an classic tale
Thinking outside the box is never a bad concept when it comes to theatre.
Snow White – A Pantomime took centre-stage this past weekend at the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre.
Directed by Ian Johnson, this performance put a modern day twist on the fairy tale story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Theatre company Parcel of Rogues was responsible for the production and did not disappoint with the performance.
The production included Snow White, played by Phoenix Smith. Six dwarfs, who “with the advancement of medical science,” were not so small and a wicked Queen Vanita whose sole purpose was to not only kill Snow White, but completely shutdown the audiences optimism.
Stage manager Lynn Elkin estimates close to 1,000 seats were filled over the three-day span for this year’s pantomime productionRead More
Young Arviat filmmakers selected for Quebec film festival
This is an exciting week for members of the Arviat Film Society.
In February of 2016, Gord Billard accompanied two youth society members, Jamie Okatsiak and Samuel Pauppa, on a trip to Quebec City. The two young men were making a documentary comparing the struggles of youth in Quebec City to those of youth in the North, with the focus being the community of Arviat.Read More
Chasing a dream one thread at a time
Eco-friendly fashion is giving one Yellowknife resident the opportunity of a lifetime.Read More
Teaming up through games for youth mental health
Almost two years ago this month, the Department of Health put out a call for Nunavut youth to test drive a computer game called SPARX, aimed at improving the mental health of Indigenous Maori youth in New Zealand. Now a similar Inuit-specific game is to be developed in Nunavut.Read More
South Baffin’s unofficial archivist
Jimmy Manning is documenting everyday life.
He regularly takes numerous photos, shoots video and jots down daily notes in his journals.Read More
Craft fair a family job
The theme of the Christmas Craft Fair last weekend seemed to be the teamwork among artists and their loved ones.Read More
The road to reclaiming their past
Betty Ann Adam was just three years old when her life changed forever. Uprooted from her Dene mother’s care in Uranium City, Saskatchewan and placed in foster care in Prince Albert, Adam was left far from her family, her culture and her people of Fond du Lac Dene Nation.
Now, decades later, Adam is bringing her story, one she shares with 20,000 other Indigenous people whose families were torn apart during the Sixties Scoop, to audiences in Yellowknife with a one night screening of “Birth of a Family,” Thursday.Read More
It’s all in the game
The public library is starting something new with a traditional form of entertainment – board games.Read More
Christmas classic returns to airwaves
After a successful series of performances prior to last Christmas, the radio play It’s a Wonderful Life is returning to the Hay River Heritage Centre.Read More
Craftspeople seek GNWT support
A call is being raised on the Hay River Reserve for more support for craftspeople and artists.Read More
Violent week in Kivalliq
It was a violent week in at least two Kivalliq communities earlier this month.
In Rankin Inlet, a woman was brought to the local health centre with multiple non-life threatening stab wounds on Nov. 10.Read More
Remembering Archie Beaulieu
For many Northerners, the work of Archie Beaulieau is instantly recognizable. It’s bright, bold, enchanting – and unmistakably rooted in a land that seems to live and breath through the canvas.
Beaulieu, who died recently at the age of 65 after a battle with cancer, achieved world-wide acclaim for his distinct depictions of Northern life, namely through his portrayals of Dene tradition, culture and folklore. Drawing influences from his roots as a member of the Tlicho First Nations, Beaulieu developed a unique brand of art that played with colour and married the abstract and the familiar.Read More