Your guide to Yukon arts and culture

Enjoy one of Yukon's premiere summer events, the Dawson City Music Festival, or take in some autumnal paintings by Nicole Bauberger.

It's time for the Dawson City Music Festival

Edmonton's The Wet Secrets headline the 38th annual Dawson City Music Festival this weekend. (Six Shooter Records)

Here's what's happening in Yukon:

Dawson City Music Festival

What: One of Yukon's biggest musical events of the year takes over Dawson City this weekend. The 38th annual Dawson City Music Festival features more than 25 bands — everything from indie pop to electronic beats to bluegrass and rockabilly.

Terra Lightfoot plays the festival mainstage on Saturday and Sunday night. (Adam Carter/CBC)

The headliner is The Wet Secrets from Edmonton. Jim Bryson is also in the lineup, along with Hot Panda, Jenn Grant, Terra Lightfoot, Sarah Jane Scouten, Leonard Sumner and Kristi Lane Sinclair. Local acts will be front and centre too, including Major Funk and the Employment, Old Cabin, Rob Dickson, Sarah Hamilton and others.

Something for kids, too! 

There's always something for the wee ones at the Dawson City Music Festival. This year, "KIDSFest" features a performance by award-winning children's performer, Ginalina, from Vancouver. There's also face-painting, arts, crafts, games and dancing. That's Saturday at the Mainstage, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It's free to the public and doesn't require a festival pass. That's followed by a performance by Yukon Girls Rock Camp.

Chance to see cool collaborations

Don't miss the workshops at DCMF.

They're more like mini-concerts — members of different bands are matched up to play jam sessions and song circles with a variety of themes and genres. It's a chance to see some of your favourite performers in a more intimate venue and catch some cool collaborations. 

Lots of vendors and artisans will be set up in Minto Park too, in an area that's open to the public, not just festival-goers. More than 15 artisans, craft and food vendors will be there, plus there's a gallery space featuring work by Dawson City artists, some recycled clothing, jewelry and more. 

Find the full festival schedule here.

When: Friday to Sunday
Where: Minto Park, St. Paul's Anglican Church, the KIAC Ballroom, Front Street Gazebo, the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre, Dawson City

Autumn in Tombstone Park

Louise Levitt's exhibition 'Dawson Dolls' is at the Fortymile Gold Workshop/Studio, in Dawson City. (Louise Levitt)

What: Summer is not over yet but Nicole Bauberger will have you thinking ahead to fall. Her show, "Autumn in Tombstone Park", opened this week in Dawson City. It's an exhibition of her paintings, featuring works from her stint as artist-in-residence at Tombstone Territorial Park.

You can also see an exhibition by Louise Levitt called "Dawson Dolls". Levitt makes her winter home in Toronto, and her summer home in Rock Creek, just outside of Dawson. 

"She worked at making the dolls all winter, and the incredible level of detail shows the hours of work involved," said studio owner Leslie Chapman.

When: Friday to Sunday
Where: Fortymile Gold Workshop/Studio, Dawson City.

Yukon Pioneer families

What: The Yukon Commissioner's Office and the MacBride Museum are featuring a series of historical presentations, Tuesdays on the lawn of the Taylor House (now the Office of the Commissioner of the Yukon).

The series features the stories and historical photographs from six local families who have had an impact on the development of the Yukon over the past century.

All talks are free and everybody is welcome to attend.

Learn about some of Yukon's most prominent and influential families, Tuesdays on the lawn of the Taylor House in Whitehorse. (Sandi Coleman/CBC)

When: 12 p.m. on July 26 — the Black family; August 2 — the Phelps family; August 9 — the Firth family; August 16 — The Cyr family; August 23 — The Van Bibber family

Where: Taylor House, Whitehorse

Other events

  • The Midnight Sons Band plays "The Pit" Friday and Saturday in Dawson City.
  • Michael Brooks plays Arts in the Park Saturday from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Watson Lake Farmer's Market at Wye Lake Park.
  • Yukon's Gordie Tentrees is playing the Alaskan Hotel in Juneau, Friday and Saturday, and the Pioneer Bar in Haines, Alaska on Sunday.
  • Dana Jennejohn and the Bennett Sun play the Village Bakery Friday in Haines Junction.
  • Singer-songwriter Alan Gerber is playing the Discovery Saloon Saturday in Atlin.
  • Marcus Steiner plays the Gold Pan Saloon in Whitehorse on Saturday. Amelia Rose and Mike Stockstill are there Sunday.
  • Julie Zhu is the Parks Canada artist-in-residence on the Chilkoot Trail this month. She'll be talking about her work on the trail this Sunday at Lindeman City.
  • At Arts in the Park next week, the visual artist is Michel Gignac. Musically, there's a double bill Monday with Madi Dixon & Emily Ross. It's bluegrass Tuesday with Canyon Mountain. Soir de Semaine plays Wednesday at noon and the Patrick Jacobson Band is on stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, it's the Paul Lucas Trio and Friday it's Lara Lewis. That's noon to 1 p.m. at LePage Park in Whitehorse.

Know of an arts or cultural event coming up in the Yukon? Call (867) 668-8460, email or message CBC Yukon's Facebook page.