Events

June

Jun 02 2016 NorthWords Writers' Festival

The 11th annual NorthWords Writers Festival Theme: Breaking the Mold- Identity in Stories

Full Schedule now available

The 11th annual NorthWords Writers Festival will take place in Yellowknife from June 2 to June 5, 2016. This year’s festival continues the tradition of great workshops and readings by national award-winning authors and homegrown talent that is sure to delight and inspire writers and readers of all ages. NorthWords is excited to be able to bring such an impressive program of authors and storytellers to the north. We are gearing up for what we hope will be our best festival yet…. We look forward to seeing you there.

This year’s prestigious lineup includes Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize winner Lawrence Hill, Scotiabank Giller Prize nominee Craig Davidson (also writing as Nick Cutter), Shane Turgeon, Miranda Hill, Annelies Pool, Carol Daniels, and Teva Harrison. 

 

NWT authors Nick Sibbeston and Richard Van Camp, along with many others, will join the festival and contribute their unique stories and voices to the theme of identity from the northern perspective.

And we are also honored to welcome to the festival award-winning CBC broadcaster Shelagh Rogers, currently the host and a producer of the CBC Radio program The Next Chapter, devoted to Canadian writers and songwriters. Shelagh will be hosting the June 3 Friday night gala at the Explorer Hotel.

Start Date:
Thursday, June 2, 2016
End Date:
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Time:
Different workshops each day, see event schedule for details
Community:
Yellowknife
Where:
Various Locations, see event schedule for details
Contact Phone:
867-444-2005
E-mail Address:

Jun 03 'Table for Five' performance

The musicians' group "Table for Five" is performing at the Museum Cafe, Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre tonight and Saturday. The concert features classical music written for the violin, viola, cello, flute, piano, harpsichord and a soprano.

Start Date:
Friday, June 3, 2016
End Date:
Friday, June 3, 2016
Time:
19:30
Community:
Where:
Museum Cafe

Jun 04 YK Grand Prix

The cars have been bought. The racers are ready. Now it's time for the cheering crowd. Come out to School Draw Avenue for the NWT Disabilities Council's soapbox races on Saturday.

Start Date:
Saturday, June 4, 2016
End Date:
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Time:
9:45 am
Community:
Where:
School Draw Avenue

Jun 04 NWT Wellness Society Presents: Renew - Naturally Dene Plant Medecine Workshops

Guided by Lila Erasmus

Cost: $20 for both workshops. Participation for both workshops is appreciated.
Space is limit so please register early: nwtwellnesssociety@gmail.com

Workshop description:

Naturally Dene is a two-part workshop that will occur in early June and in mid-July. This is an opportunity to learn and harvest the Plants that grow naturally within Denendeh. 

In the first part of this workshop, Lila will take participants out on the Ingraham Trail to learn about and collect native species plants that can be used to make teas, salves and even medicines. As a group, you will learn how to infuse plants into oils to extract the medicine properties. 

Six-weeks later, participants will return for part two of the workshop and learn how to process the infused oil into a cream, producing naturally derived products that can be used at home.

A detailed description of the workshop days including locations for this workshop will be posted shortly.

Start Date:
Saturday, June 4, 2016
End Date:
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Time:
10 am - 3 pm
Community:
Yellowknife
Where:
TBA

Jun 04 Great Slave Lake Gyotaku

On Saturday, Ecology North and Strong Interpretation are holding a gyotaku workshop, Gyotaku is a traditional form of printing that Japanese fisherman use to record the catch of the day. Paper, paint, Great Slave Lake fish and brushes will be provided to all "printing" anglers while supplies last. The event is on Saturday at the Northern Frontier Visitor Centre.

Start Date:
Saturday, June 4, 2016
End Date:
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Time:
15:00-19:00
Community:
Where:
Northern Frontier Visitors Centre

Jun 04 'Table for Five' performance

The musicians' group "Table for Five" is performing at the Museum Cafe, Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre tonight and Saturday. The concert features classical music written for the violin, viola, cello, flute, piano, harpsichord and a soprano.

Start Date:
Saturday, June 4, 2016
End Date:
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Time:
19:30
Community:
Where:
Museum Cafe

Jun 04 On Common Ground

On Saturday, the NWT Creative Collective is pumped to bring you a night of electronic music. Held at The Raven Pub, the event will feature local artists CODIAK, Devin D. and Seb Le Turntable (MSC).

Start Date:
Saturday, June 4, 2016
End Date:
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Time:
20:00
Community:
Where:
The Raven Pub

Jun 04 St. Pat's alumni invited to cut a rug

The 6th Annual St.Patrick High School Alumni Dance is Saturday at the Elk's Lodge, upstairs. Come shake a tail feather, meet up with former classmates and eat some snacks - they are provided.

Start Date:
Saturday, June 4, 2016
End Date:
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Time:
20:00
Community:
Where:
Elk's Lodge

Jun 05 BIKE RODEO

The Municipal Enforcement Division of the City of Yellowknife invites school children from Kindergarten to grade 6 to the 32nd annual Bike Rodeo.   The purpose of the event is to promote and educate children about bicycle safety and the rules of the road.  Children will be asked to demonstrate safe bicycling techniques while navigating through several different obstacle courses.  Points are awarded to each individual who successfully completes the course. 

Participants must bring a roadworthy bicycle and wear a helmet. Bicycle helmets will be given to those who need them and all helmets will be properly fitted.

Admission is free and includes a barbeque.  Participants are eligible to win one of 18 bicycles, door prizes, or a trip for two to Edmonton!

Start Date:
Sunday, June 5, 2016
End Date:
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Time:
12 - 5 pm
Community:
Yellowknife
Where:
Multiplex
Contact:
Municipal Enforcement Division – City of Yellowknife
Contact Phone:
867.920.5695
E-mail Address:

Jun 09 COMMUNITY BBQ

The City of Yellowknife invites all residents and visitors to the annual Community Barbeque.  Come enjoy free food and musical entertainment by Priscilla’s Revenge and Drunken Forest.  Take in the scenic backdrop of Frame Lake and the chance to get up close and personal with your mayor and councillors!

Start Date:
Thursday, June 9, 2016
End Date:
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Time:
5 - 7 pm
Community:
Yellowknife
Where:
Somba K’e Civic Plaza
Contact:
Special Events Coordinator – City of Yellowknife
Contact Phone:
867.920.5676

Jun 10 Charity Golf Tournament

The Balldrop Raffle will involve dozens of golfballs being dropped by helicopter, and if your ticket matches the ball that lands in the hole, you could win amazing prizes. TIckets are available for purchase at several locations, including the Northern Frontier Visitors Centre.

Prizes include: a trip to Namushka Lodge, Diavik Diamonds, and more! Support the local Stanton Foundation by buying raffle tickets and coming out to the Charity Golf Tournament.

Join us for a fun filled day on Friday, June 10, 2016
• Texas Scramble Golf
• Dinner
• Silent Auction
• Great Hole-in-one prizes
available!

Yellowknife Golf Course

Looking for sponsors and auction items

Please contact: sth_foundation@gov.nt.ca or call 669-7289

Start Date:
Friday, June 10, 2016
End Date:
Friday, June 10, 2016
Community:
Yellowknife
Where:
Yellowknife Golf Club
Contact:
Stanton Foundation
Contact Phone:
669-7289
E-mail Address:

Jun 10 Relay For life

Whether you are cheering on survivors, walking the track, passing the baton to your teammate or joining in exciting trackside activities, Relay For Life is more than just a cancer walk - it's a journey.

Registration is $15.00.

Start Date:
Friday, June 10, 2016
End Date:
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Time:
7 pm - 7 am (all-night)
Community:
Yellowknife
Where:
William MacDonald Middle School

Jun 10 Collective Soul Space - Spring into Summer Retreat


Spring into summer with the members of this community co-op! Register for parts that fit your schedule or treat yourself to all six classes plus healthy snacks and meals! 100% of your registration fee goes toward the co-op's final renovations to the studio.

Friday, June 10

7:00 - 7:10 Introduction

7:10 - 7:30 Taiko Drumming Demonstration (Nancy Mullick)

7:30 - 8:30 Strength and Balance Yoga (Cheryl Minkoff)

8:30 - 8:45 Tea and snack (provided)

8:45 - 10:00 Yin Yoga (Leslie Gray)

Start Date:
Friday, June 10, 2016
End Date:
Friday, June 10, 2016
Time:
7 pm - 10 pm
Community:
Yellowknife
Where:
Collective Soul Space

Jun 10 Old Town Hoedown & Summer Kick-Off

Hosted by Old Town Glassworks, this event includes a fantastic music lineup, an art auction, and best of all, $3 beers!
$15 cover to enter.
Music by:
Casey Anderson
Nick Jackson
Sum of the Dawgwoods
Rebels Without Applause

Start Date:
Friday, June 10, 2016
End Date:
Friday, June 10, 2016
Time:
8 - 11 pm
Community:
Yellowknife
Where:
Old Town Glassworks

Jun 15 Art Workshop: Basic Beading onto Smoked-Tanned Moosehide

Learn how to do the kind of beadwork you see up north on moccasins and jackets, called couching. Learn a simple single needle technique, as well as the traditional two-needle technique.  Also learn how to do edge-beading to decorate the outer rim. Beads and smoke-tanned moose hide will be supplied to make two small broaches, pins or badges, (or you can attach them to moccasins or mittens for decoration).

$50, all supplies included, maximum 8 people

Start Date:
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
End Date:
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Time:
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Community:
Yellowknife
Where:
Northern United Place, Room
Contact:
Charissa Allain-Lily
E-mail Address:

Jun 15 LAL Find Safety CD Release w/ Quantum Tangle & Maaskant - Yellowknife

Music starts at 9pm sharp. Pre-purchased tickets only valid until 9:00pm. Send e-transfers to magneticnorthpro@gmail.com. Tickets are sliding scale, starting at 10$ per ticket up to 20$ per ticket. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

The Raven is wheelchair accessible, and there is a wheelchair accessible single stall bathroom. This single stall bathroom is available for all genders and agender folks to use.

LAL
Find Safety
Album Release Concert with Quantum Tangle + Special Guest
Coax Records (www.coaxrecords.com)

Artist Info

LAL bio:

Rosina Kazi and Nicholas Murray, better known as the Toronto-based Electronic duo LAL, have deep roots within the Canadian music scene with 18 years of performing and an expansive catalogue of innovative records to their credit. Their latest album, Find Safety, is the result of three years of studio work, offering a compellingly danceable and provocative political statement all at once.

With influences encompassing Fela Kuti, Massive Attack, Pete Rock and Detroit Techno, Find Safety is lyrically informed by LAL’s community shows at their home concert space, as well as their ongoing support of social justice causes and art projects, with an emphasis on Queer and/or BIPOC issues. The album overall addresses a need to create safer spaces for themselves and their friends, and musically is a masterful blend of synth and sample-based minimalism. Or as they prefer to call it, 4 a.m. music.

www.lalforest.com

Maaskant bio:

Maaskant is a west end Toronto based electronic musican and video artist. A clear multidisciplinarian, able to splash around the exchange, chatting about everything and nothing: a gold miner, panning for beauty: ideas, sounds, collaborators and time. His last release 'Mere Oblivion' was released on vinyl by the Berlin based label New Kanada.

www.maaskant.co

Quantum Tangle bio:

Fusing of old-world sounds and new-world flair, Greyson Gritt and Tiffany Ayalik are embracing their blended backgrounds. Combining their talents of throat singing, haunting melodies and traditional legends, Gritt and Ayalik are excited to present a circumpolar mix of flavours from across Canada and Greenland. As Ayalik charismatically embodies her stories, Gritt infuses it with a rock soul to create an experience that consumes the senses.

www.quantumtangle.com

Let Greyson know if you'd like to volunteer to work the door!

This tour and project is supported by Black Lives Matter Toronto, Rabble.ca, the Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du Canada, Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario and Toronto Arts Council

Start Date:
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
End Date:
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Time:
8 pm
Community:
Yellowknife
Where:
the raven pub

Jun 17 Yellowknife Ducks Unlimited Banquet

Our evening features a great meal, Live & Silent Auctions, and plenty of fun and exciting Raffles. 

Wetlands in NWT and across North America are a critical part of our landscape - they filter our water, keep our watersheds healthy, help to moderate climate change, contribute to food security and biodiversity, and offer tremendous recreation and learning opportunities for us all. 

So come out for this fun event and help Ducks Unlimited conserve Canada's wetlands and natural spaces for all people, waterfowl and wildlife to enjoy!

Tickets are $65. To purchase online: http://tinyurl.com/zxvalkp  For cash purchase or for more information, please contact Cristina at 867-873-6744
 

Start Date:
Friday, June 17, 2016
End Date:
Friday, June 17, 2016
Time:
doors open at 530 dinner at 6
Community:
Yellowknife
Where:
the explorer hotel

Jun 17 Porcupine Quill Loop Earrings Craft Workshop

$40, all supplies included, maximum 10 people

Location: NUP, Room 214

Learn to use porcupine quills to make a pair of earrings.  Using seed beads, smoke-tanned caribouhide and crystals, you will learn a simple stringing technique to make a beautiful pair of loop earrings. Stainless steel earwires and earring nuts also included.

 

Start Date:
Friday, June 17, 2016
End Date:
Friday, June 17, 2016
Time:
7-9
Community:
Yellowknife
Where:
Northern United Place
Contact:
Charissa Alain-Lilly

Jun 18 7th Annual Beer Barge Festival

The Barge is coming…and it has the beer! June marks the continued tradition of the NWT Mining Heritage Society’s summer party as we reenact the seasonal arrival of Yellowknife’s first supply barge in the 1940s.

The BBQ and entertainment party began in 2009 and we continue to honour what was once the biggest event in town: the annual docking of the beer barge!

Until 1960 when the highway was completed, most freight was handled by barge traffic on Great Slave Lake. Spring breakup and the arrival of the first barge of was a big deal. It carried all the construction material, furniture, luxury items, vehicles, and mining equipment for the town’s needs. But perhaps most importantly, the first barge typically carried the summer’s stock of alcohol!

By mid June, when the barge typically arrived, Yellowknife was a pretty dry town with the stock of beer and spirits having run out during the spring. So the arrival of that first barge – the Beer Barge – was a cause for celebration.

Date: Saturday, June 18, 2016

Time: 4pm to 11pm

Price: $50 regular, $40 senior rate

Where: Old Wardair Dock, across from Wildcat Cafe

The Beer Barge features live entertainment and a free BBQ. Beer/wine is $5 per glass. The evening will include draw prizes, auctions, and a lottery. Witness the arrival of an actual barge and enter your name on the time board with your guess as to the minute the barge will arrive, a true Yellowknife tradition as lotteries in the 1940s were organized to guess the day the barge would arrive here. There will also be prizes for best period costumes.

Live entertainment will include: The Committed!

Tickets available by contacting the society at 873-6078 or coordinator@nwtminingheritage.com. Tickets are also on sale through the Northern Frontier Visitors Centre in Yellowknife. We look forward to partying with you!

Start Date:
Saturday, June 18, 2016
End Date:
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Time:
4 pm - 11 pm
Community:
Yellowknife
Where:
Old Wardair Dock across from Wildcat Cafe
Contact Phone:
873-6078

Jun 20 The NWT Riders Association's 6th Annual Midnight Sun Classic Car and Motorcycle Show & Shine

The NWT Riders Association's 6th Annual Midnight Sun Classic Car and Motorcycle Show & Shine 

Monday June 20/16 from 7-9pm in the YK Community Arena parking lot. 
Midnight Motorcycle Ride to follow.
Registration is $20 and vehicle set-up is from 6-7pm. 
Shine up those wheels for a chance to win cash and prizes!
Open to the public so come check out the vehicles, live band, BarBQ, and silent auction. 
Proceeds to benefit the NWT SPCA.

Start Date:
Monday, June 20, 2016
End Date:
Monday, June 20, 2016
Time:
7-9pm
Community:
Where:
YK Community Arena parking lot
Contact:
Robin Weber
E-mail Address:

Jun 20 The NWT Riders Association's 6th Annual Midnight Sun Classic Car and Motorcycle Show & Shine

The NWT Riders Association's 6th Annual Midnight Sun Classic Car and Motorcycle Show & Shine is Monday June 20/16 from 7-9pm in the YK Community Arena parking lot.
Midnight Motorcycle Ride to follow.
Registration is $20 and vehicle set-up is from 6-7pm.
Shine up those wheels for a chance to win cash and prizes!
Open to the public so come check out the vehicles, live band, BBQ, and silent auction.
Proceeds to benefit the NWT SPCA.

Start Date:
Monday, June 20, 2016
End Date:
Monday, June 20, 2016
Time:
7 - 9 pm
Community:
Yellowknife
Where:
YK Community Arena Parking Lot
Contact:
Robin Weber
E-mail Address:

Jun 21 Aboriginal Day at Fred Henne

•Canoe Rides

• Story Telling

• Throat Singing

• Traditional Hand Games

• Artists

• Children Activity Area

• Fish Fry

 

It’s fun, It’s free, for all to see!!

Start Date:
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
End Date:
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Time:
11:30-14:30
Community:
Yellowknife
Where:
Fred Henne Territorial Park kitchen shelter near the boat launch

Jun 21 ABORIGINAL DAY CELEBRATION

Come to the City Hall Park to celebrate the statutory holiday, Aboriginal Day, with a free fish fry, performers and arts & crafts vendors from 12-5 pm! Hope to see you there!

Start Date:
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
End Date:
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Time:
12-5 PM
Community:
Where:

Jun 21 Festival on Franklin

Franklin Avenue will be closed to traffic from 5:00 pm onward for this solstice celebration. Come enjoy live music, street food, street art, downtown store sales, and more! Come celebrate solstice and Yellowknife's great downtown!

If you would like to have a retail stall, please contact Wayne Guy at 873-3266.

Start Date:
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
End Date:
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Time:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Community:
Yellowknife
Where:
Downtown franklin avenue

Jun 22 Beaded Brickstitch & Porcupine Quill Earrings Craft Workshop

Wednesday June 22 from 6:30 – 9:30 pm

$50, all supplies included, maximum 8 people

Location: NUP, Room 215

Learn how to use porcupine quills to make jewelry in combination with Japanese cylinder Delica beads and fine interknitted thread. You will learn how to do the classic bead weaving stitch called brickstitch and learn how to combine the stitch with quillwork.  You will also learn the ladderstitch to join the quills and form a foundation row.

Start Date:
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
End Date:
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Time:
630-930
Community:
Yellowknife
Where:
Northern United Place
Contact:
Charissa Alain-Lilly

Jun 23 Beaded Buckskin Baby Booties Craft Workshop

Thursday June 23 from 6:15pm – 9:45 pm 

$60, all supplies included, maximum 6 people

Location: NUP, Room 214

 

Beads and beautiful soft cream coloured buckskin supplied to make a pair of baby booties. Learn how to do the kind of beadwork you see up north on moccasins and jackets, called couching. Learn a simple single needle technique and how to do decorative edgebeading.  This baby booty pattern is very simple and versatile and can be used with any material.  Copies of the pattern in 3 sizes are included with the class.

Start Date:
Thursday, June 23, 2016
End Date:
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Time:
615-945
Community:
Where:
Northern United Place
Contact:
Charissa Alain-Lilly

Jun 24 la francophonie en fête

Un rendez-vous pour fêter la francophonie! Participez à une journée riche en amusement.

Des jeux en pagailles, un concours de pétanque, des balades à dos de poney ou de cheval. Il y aura des prix à gagner lors des différentes activités. 

Bien sûr, nous ne laisserons pas vos bedaines en reste, avec le barbecue et le buffet qui sera proposé.

Nous emplirons aussi vos oreilles mélomanes avec des sonorités dansantes qui vous ferons guincher toute la soirée.

Rendez-vous le 24 juin à la guinguette du site de Folk on the Rocks. 

Start Date:
Friday, June 24, 2016
End Date:
Friday, June 24, 2016
Community:
Yellowknife
Where:
Contact:
Association Franco-Culturelle de Yellowknife

Jun 24 Porcupine Quill Bracelet Craft Workshop

$60, all supplies included, maximum 8 people

Location:  NUP, Room 214

Learn to make a quill bracelet using a simple stringing technique.  You will use smoked caribou or moose hide as spacers, with prepared porcupine quills and beads in between.  Lovely silver-plated clasp makes a nice closure to the bracelet.

Start Date:
Friday, June 24, 2016
End Date:
Friday, June 24, 2016
Time:
630-930
Community:
Yellowknife
Where:
Northern United Place
Contact:
Charissa Alain-Lilly

Jun 25 Building Bridges of Understanding and Mutual Respect

Scholars from Aboriginal spirituality, Christianity & Islam will present. Refreshments will be served. Registration is recommended.

Start Date:
Saturday, June 25, 2016
End Date:
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Time:
13:00-14:30
Community:
Other
Where:
Don Stewart Recreation Centre
Contact Phone:
1-866-628-5435

Jun 25 Learn About the Trees of the NWT

Come spend the afternoon learning about the trees and ecosystems of the NWT.
Hosted by Tyler Gault, NASA

Start Date:
Saturday, June 25, 2016
End Date:
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Time:
1 pm to 2:30 pm
Community:
Yellowknife
Where:
Fred Henne Park
Contact:
Lisa Tesar

Jun 26 Music at the Museum

The last two recitals this season, featuring COSY members, and students of COSY members.

Free admission

Presented by Classics On Stage Yellowknife

Start Date:
Sunday, June 26, 2016
End Date:
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Time:
3pm-4pm
Community:
Yellowknife
Where:
Prince of Whales Northern Heritage Centre
E-mail Address:

Jun 27 Moccasins Craft Workshop

Monday June 27 & Tuesday June 28 from 6:00-10:00 pm (8 hours total)

$175, all supplies included, maximum 6 people

Location: NUP, Room 215

Learn the construction techniques to make a pair of local-style moccasins using commercial moosehide leather, a plain upper, stroud flap and beaver fur trim.  A custom-fitted pattern will be created especially for your feet and for your upper. Bring (or buy) your own beaded uppers to use for class, as it will give you an even more satisfying result! (Some uppers may be available for sale at class.) Bring your own paper and make copies of all the patterns to take home with you!

Start Date:
Monday, June 27, 2016
End Date:
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Time:
6-9
Community:
Yellowknife
Where:
Northern United Place
Contact:
Charissa Alain-Lilly