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. Must be received a few days in advance to ensure being considered for inclusion in Friday’s print version in Weekend Yellowknifer.



Oct. 18 to 21

Anonymous Art Show and Sale

Seventh annual Anonymous Art Show and Sale features up to 175 six-by-six inch canvasses painted by local artisans of all types. Call for artists ends Oct. 15. Show is at Down to Earth Gallery. Call (867) 920-0711 for information.


Oct. 18

6:30 p.m.

Film Installation PIkiskwe-speak

The Yellowknife launch of the cross-Canada touring art and film installation pIkiskwe-speak: An Invitation to Conversations in Reconciliation will be marked by a special event at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre. The art and film installation explores the inter-generational wounding of Canada’s Indian Residential School system and the power of art and Indigenous pathways to heal the wounding. This project features the dramatic mixed-media triptych Lost My Talk, other artwork by Alberta-based Indigenous artist Lana Whiskeyjack and the award- winning documentary film Lana Gets Her Talk by Beth Wishart MacKenzie. The screening will be followed by a Conversation in Reconciliation with the artists. Admission is free. Additional screenings will be held until November 10.


Oct. 18

9 p.m.

Open Mic Jam

Open Mic Jam every Thursday. Simply show up with your instrument(s) or use the ones provided. Happening at Twist (upstairs). No cover. Full bar service. Kitchen closed, but snacks are for purchase


Oct. 19

9 p.m.


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


Oct. 20

Halloween craft sale

Vendors and crafters featuring Halloween treats, sweets and more If you are interested in selling at the Halloween sale, please contact Donna at inukshuk@ssimicro.com. At Nana’s Kitchen and Knits, 4910 53 St.


Oct. 20

Made In Yellowknife Showcase 2018

The 2nd Annual Made in Yellowknife Showcase with vendors displaying handmade items. At Yellowknife Ski Club.


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.


Oct. 20

7:30 p.m.

Jimmy Rankin at NACC

Jimmy Rankin will appear in Yellowknife on Oct. 14 as part of a performance series in several NWT communities presented by Northern Arts and Cultural Centre.

One of the true originals in Canadian music has moved from Nashville to Nova Scotia, and is celebrating with music only he could make. Jimmy Rankin’s new Moving East is pure East Coast, a homecoming album featuring true stories, tall tales and bittersweet ballads, and the classic folk-rock sound that Rankin helped pioneer.

Just at a time when people are searching out authentic cultural voices, strong stories and well-crafted songs, Rankin has made an unapologetically East Coast folk-rock record, with a raw, unsentimental and current edge. “I’m putting the party back in the kitchen” quips Rankin.

It’s called Moving East because that’s exactly what Jimmy’s done. He’s moved back to Nova Scotia after seven years living and working in Nashville. Hooking up with fellow Nova Scotian Joel Plaskett as producer, he’s made an album appealing to young and old alike, with songs running the gamut from gritty pub tunes to soulful ballads all featuring great storytelling, and fine songwriting.

One of the most famed Canadian songwriters, Jimmy Rankin wrote such classic Rankin hits as “North Country,” “You Feel The Same Way Too,” and the Juno winning single “Fare The Well Love,” voted the #1 East Coast song of all time by CBC listeners across Canada. His own hits include “Followed Her Around,” “Morning Bound Train,” and “Cool Car.” Jimmy’s the guy who wrote “Mull River Shuffle” a Cape Breton anthem with an all-ages cult following, jamming dance floors and mosh pits at parties, weddings and raves as the last big song of the night.

Says Rankin “With Moving East, I was trying to distil the fabric of Maritime culture into a musical collection replete with life’s highs and lows, and breathe life into stories that capture a feeling, a moment in time, live off the floor and organic.” It’s an album full of classic Cape Breton storytelling, unashamedly celebrating his moving back, and making the music he loves. Now that’s a homecoming.

At Northern Arts and Cultural Centre, tickets at eventbrite.ca.


Oct. 24

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Employment Cafe Job Fair

Looking for a job? CDETNO’s Employment Cafe is back. “Come with your resume and your best smile to network in a professional but relaxed atmosphere!” say organizers. “Are you looking for staff? Book a table and recruit at the Employment Cafe!” Funded by IRCC and in partnership with the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce and Edge. For more information: cdetno.com


Oct. 24

6:30 p.m.

Amy Hillis and Katherine Dowling

Black Ice Sound and Northern Arts and Cultural Centre present the Eckhardt-Gramatte National Music Competition 2018 Winner’s Tour with Amy Hillis and Katherine Dowling. The Eckhardt-Gramatte National Music Competition is an annual contemporary music competition for exceptional emerging Canadian performing artists in piano, voice, and strings. Each year, a Winner’s Tour of ten to twelve concerts across Canada is awarded as part of the 1st-prize package. The E-Gre Competition fosters the creation of new music by living Canadian composers through the commissioning of a test piece each year. The commissioned work is performed at each concert, and the 2018 commissioned work is by Yellowknife composer Carmen Braden titled Foxy Fox’s Musical Games.

Originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, Amy Hillis collaborates with musicians from around the world to explore new approaches to classical and contemporary music. Amy was a 2017 artist-in-residence at La Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris. She is also the winner of the 2018 Eckhardt-Gramatte Competition, the 2017 McGill Concerto Competition, the Sylva Gelber Foundation Music Award, and a doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Praised by the New York Times for her “crystalline performances, gestural expressiveness, and careful attention to color,” and by the Boston Globe for her “effortless incisiveness,” award-winning Canadian pianist Katherine Dowling has performed across North America and Europe. Equally compelling as a solo, collaborative, and ensemble player, she has performed as a member of the New Fromm Players of the Tanglewood Festival, Gruppo Montebello ensemble (Etcetera label), and enjoys close associations with The Orlando Festival, The Banff Centre, and the Aldeburgh Festival.

Tickets: adult $40; senior/youth $25


Oct. 26

6:30 p.m.

NWT Disabilities Council’s Benefit Auction

The NWT Disabilities Council is holding its 40th Annual Benefit Auction in the Caribou Room at Chateau Nova.  There will be live  and silent auctions, music, games, dancing, prizes for costumes, and more. The council is still welcoming donations to the silent and live auctions and monetary contributions. This year, in the spirit of community, 20 per cent of the proceeds will go to the YWCA to support the 33 families impacted by the tragic fire. For more information about the event, or to make a donation and contribute please visit www.nwtdc.net.


Oct. 26 to 27

Doors at 8 p.m.


Boolesque, a pop-up Halloween burlesque show, gets ready to take the stage this month. For two nights, Boolesque “brings a mix of gory, spooky and sexy fun,” to the Top Knight. The event is directed and produced by Samantha Marriott, Paige MacIntosh and Breanna Bray, not as part of a society or production company, but as a special Halloween pop-up spooktacular. “Just a few Burlesque fiends wanting to fill a gap and provide a weekend of entertainment,” says Samantha Marriott. The show is made up of 18 acts, with 25 cast  and crew members. It brings together traditional burlesque art of the tease with a Halloween twist. Made up completely of local performers, the show brings both seasoned Yellowknife-burlesque veterans as well as new performers to the stage. Tickets went on sale on Oct. 3, with the haunted house tables already sold out. Tickets are $30 for general admission, available at the NWT Brewing Company.


Oct. 17

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Watercolour Society Art Show

The YK Watercolour Society Annual Art Show is at the Yellowknife United Church.


Oct. 27

8 p.m.


Billed as the city’s biggest Halloween party, the non-profit NWT Creative Collective presents Carnevil. “This year we’re embracing the bizarre and the extraordinary … it’s going to be a circus,” say organizers. Two floors, with a different them on each, at the Elk’s Club. Ticket info TBA.


Oct. 27

7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Ptarmicon Game Knight

Come out and play some table top games with us. Bring your favorite game or learn a new one. At Northern United Place, 5004- 54 St.
Future events on: Nov. 10, 13, 24; Dec. 8, 22; and Jan. 5.


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!


Nov. 3

6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Ballroom Dance Gala

Professional ballroom dancers Winston Gaqui and Amanda Poelz will be on hand at this annual event at the Explorer Hotel. For further info, call Vicenta at (867) 765-8553 or Marilou at (867) 445-3124. Tickets are $100 each.


Nov. 3

6 p.m.

Kate Campbell of HGTV will be at the Blue Collar Gala.

Dominion Diamond Blue Collar Gala

The 2nd Annual Dominion Diamond Blue Collar Gala is intended to kick off the annual celebration of National Skilled Trades and Technology Week (Nov. 4 to 10). Paul Lafrance and Kate Campbell of HGTV’s series Decked Out and Custom Built are guest speakers at this year’s gala. The Dominion Diamond Blue Collar Gala is a major fundraiser for Skills Canada NWT, which is a charity organization with a mission to promote careers in skilled trades and technology to northern youth. Funds raised at the gala will be directed towards supporting Skills Canada NWT programming, including the funding of local skills clubs across the NWT, the skills competitions hosted and attended by Skills Canada NWT and its competitors, as well as the many other programs and events that we promote and take part in. Live music from Welder’s Daughter, plus live and silent auctions also at the event.


Nov. 10

6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Multicultural Dance Gala 2018

See more than 50 local dancers perform dances from all around the world! YK Dance is proud to give you the opportunity to discover your community through dancing. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a cocktails. After the show, there is an open dance floor. Ticket info TBA. At Chateau Nova Hotel.


Nov. 17

Stanton Foundation Gift of Giving Gala

The Stanton Foundation’s 17th Annual Gala’s theme is: It’s Prom Night! From the organizers: “Remember the expectations; dressing up for that special night, celebrating school years behind you, with the best friends you could ever imagine, on the cusp of a whole life waiting to be lived out loud? Our theme this year – Prom Night – is a great opportunity to celebrate the life you live and the strength of this Northern community you choose every day to make your home.” Dollars donated through this evening support purchases, programs and initiatives at the Stanton Territorial Hospital. There are limited tables available. Prices range from $3,000 for a corporate table sponsorship package to $130 for an individual ticket.


Nov. 24

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Yellowknife Makers Market

Come out and support your local talented artists at the Yellowknife Makers Market. Buy local, #ShopYk. Hosted by Shake a Tail Feather Studio. At the Tree of Peace, 5011 – 51 St