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Book Launch - Ramshackle, A Yellowknife Story


Date : November 11th, 2015

Time : 5pm til 7pm

Location : Down to Earth Gallery

About the book launch :

The Yellowknife Book Cellar in collaboration with Down to Earth Gallery invite you to join local

artist Alison McCreesh as she launches her debut full-length graphic novel titled Ramshackle,

a Yellowknife Story.


About the book :

Over the past decade, the North, or at least more

YK Dance Collective presents: 2 Community Dance Classes!

The Yellowknife Dance Collective is excited to tell you about 2 dance opportunities.  Hailey McLeod will be running 2 community dance classes that are open to the public:

1) SUNDAY, NOV. 15 from 12-1:30 PM at Bella Dance Academy.  $20 drop in or $15 if you register in advance.  Register at Bella Dance Academy.

2) TUESDAY, NOV. 17 - Hosted by The Yellowknife Dance Collective - 7:30-9:00 PM at Bella Dance Academy.  $15 drop in.  

Don't miss this great opportunity to learn from Hailey!read more

'Da Kink in My Hair

"Very, very funny!  Infectious music... the stories resonate for all of us... serious, vibrant, hopeful, joyous!"  ~ The National Post

Set in a Caribbean hair salon in Toronto, 'da Kink in my Hair gives voice to eight black women who tell their unforgettable stories in a kaleidoscope of drumming, singing and dance. It is a testament to the challenges and triumphs in the lives of contemporary black women, many of whom are Caribbean immigrants to North America. Mixing laughter and tears, revelation and inspiration, more

As part of the NWT Arts Council 30th Anniversary celebrations, the Council is

hosting an Exhibit and Showcase of artists from across the NWT.


Visual Artist Showcase

Explorer Hotel, Kat Room A

Wednesday, November 11, 12:00pm - 4:30pm

Thursday, November 12, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Come meet artists from each region and see them demonstrate their craft.

Artists will have artwork on hand for sale as well – just in time more

Yellowknife Game Show "Ice Rage" TV Debut

Here is the TV trailer

Yellowknife's 1st ever Game Show called "ICE RAGE" will make it's television debut on Monday November 9, 2015 exclusively on Northwestel Community TV Channel 20. Check your local listings. Please "Like" & "Share" this video to help gain exposure for future tapings.

The pilot episode features 4 teams of 4 battle it out in a trivia style game show. Watch teams Bella Dance Academy, One Of A Thai, more

2015 Cape Dorset Print Collection


Northern Images is pleased to host the 56th Annual Cape Dorset Print Collection. These coveted prints are released across the country once annually, Northern Images has been proud to participate in this release for over 40 years.

Official Release - Saturday October 17, 2015

Preview through October 16 at, call and reserve the prints now by contacting our Yellowknife more

Yellowknife Public Library presents: Silent Reading Cafe

Every Tuesday in October

12:00—2:00 p.m.


Your lunch break is meant to be a break. It’s not for checking your email, paying bills, or fighting against traffic. This October, the Yellowknife Public Library challenges you to take time for yourself on your lunch break. Escape from the noise and distractions, get away from the daily grind.

Join in at the Silent Reading Café.


Bring a book, bring a snack, but electronics need more

The Yellowknife International Film Festival (YKIFF) is hosted by Western Arctic Moving Pictures (WAMP), in the capital city of Canada's Northwest Territories. YKIFF showcases film and new media works from all over the Canadian and Circumpolar North with selected international works.

The 9th annual festival is a celebration of the best of Northwest Territories Film and films relevant to circumpolar audiences while supporting the growing infrastructure in the Northwest Territories. YKIFF gives a big hand to the hard work and dedication of all the local writers, directors and more

Sahtu in the Arts Celebrates Arts Week in Fort Good Hope
September 21-25, 2015

Come celebrate “Sahtu In the Arts” during Arts Week; an opportunity to celebrate and engage in the Arts.

MONDAY, September 21, 2015:
Bead Jewelry Making & Embroidery Basics with Shauna Gully
LOCATION: Band Hall TIME: 7-9 PM

TUESDAY, September 22, 2015:
Guitar Basics with Cody McNeely
LOCATION: Band Hall TIME: 7-9 pm

WEDNESDAY, September 23, 2015:
Painting with Geni DiBernardo
LOCATION: Band Hall TIME: 7-9 PM more

Sidedoor Resource Centre for Youth New "Tuned-In" Musical Program: Request for Volunteers

The SideDoor Resource Centre for Youth has started a new music program for youth called "Tuned-In". Tuned-In will be a musical program whereby youth will come to the Resource Centre one night a week to practice a musical instrument for up to 6 weeks. The SideDoor will be purchasing a variety of instruments including guitars, pianos, ukuleles, flutes, drums, etc. The groups are meant to be fairly smaller as the space and amount of instruments will be limited. They hope to more

'This City III' with artist in residence Steve deBruyn

The YK ARCC is pleased to announce Steve deBruyn as the artist in residence for ‘This City III’. During his time in Yellowknife, the London Ontario based artist will focus on Yellowknife’s unoccupied spaces, re-purposing found materials, and engaging with the local community to create site-specific installations.

Steve deBruyn graduated from NSCAD in 2002 and has had exhibited widely across Canada in solo and group exhibitions. Recent exhibitions include: BANG Centre d'Art Actuel in Chicoutimi; more


Celebrating strong indigenous women


The Ko K'e Storytelling Festival this year celebrates strong indigenous women, each presenter sharing through their own creative discipline, be it storytelling, playing music, telling legends, reciting poetry or even throat singing. Featuring visiting artists who span international borders to established local artists who are growing national reputations. Starting at 3:30pm on Saturday the 12th of September and showcasing eight artists with acts more

FORT MCPHERSON (August 28, 2015) – A group of 13 crew and two cast members will travel to Fort McPherson next week to shoot The Sun at Midnight, a feature film by NWT writer and director Kirsten Carthew and NWT producer Amos Scott, of Jill and Jackfish Productions.  The film features a nearly exclusive northern cast and crew.

“This is an exciting project and one that the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment is proud to support,” said Minister of ITI David Ramsay.  “The film industry not more

I.C.A Publishing is accepting submissions for the 11th volume of International Contemporary Artists. Each volume is an overview of contemporary world art production that enables the viewer to acquire a global and multicultural perspective and attention into different artistic expressions.

The book contains a broad spectrum of medium and subject matter, different contributions that reflect the variety of different schools and disciplines that currently emerge and exist all over the world; it offers a glimpse into various art movements and provides an in-depth look at global more


August 18, 2015


Textile Museum of Canada launches Making Makers, a crowd-sourced platform connecting national maker community

(Toronto) The Textile Museum of Canada is pleased to present Making Makers (, an interactive map that allows makers to connect on a national and local scale. A fully bilingual hub that is free to use, the user-generated platform encourages the submission of places and events associated with Canada’s dynamic more

Porcupine quillwork may be fading in popularity as an art form in the NWT but a woman from Fort Good Hope is doing everything she can to keep it alive.

Lucy Ann Yakeleya demonstrates how to use porcupine quills to create art. The Fort Good Hope woman was the traditional artist in residence at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in Yellowknife last week.

Lucy Ann Yakeleya was the traditional artist in residence last week at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in Yellowknife. She is well known for her fine more

IRC is pleased that the Tuktoyaktuk Siglit Drummers and Dancers will be

performing at the Pan-Am Games (Toronto) and Great Northern Arts Festival (Inuvik).

While in Toronto, the Tuktoyaktuk Siglit Drummers and Dancers will perform as part of the Opening Ceremonies for the Aboriginal Pavilion (located at the Fort York National Historic Site’s Garrison Common) on July 16 at 7:00 pm and at the Ontario Celebration Zone at the Harbourfront Centre on July 18 at 3:00 pm.

Once back in Inuvik, the Tuktoyaktuk Siglit Drummers and Dancers will participate in the Great more

IRC is pleased to invite world-renowned Inuvialuit master artist Abraham Anghik Ruben to the Great Northern Arts Festival (GNAF) in Inuvik July 17 to 26.

Powerful, compelling and exquisite are a few of the words to describe the work of Abraham. In his hands, traditional Inuit subject matter have become contemporary sculptures. “I have always tried to learn from others, either Inuit or other elderly people who can pass on their knowledge of what life is about. I try to put that into my sculpture,” reflected Abraham.

During GNAF, Abraham will complete a large more

Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) Announces Finalists:

52 Diverse Works Selected Canada-Wide

Yellowknife Artist Becomes Finalist

Prestigious jury shortlisted works from over 1,300 submissions


SSNAP is pleased to congratulate Yellowknife artist Patricia Slighte for becoming a finalists in The Salt Spring National Art Prize. 

The Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) is honoured to announce that 52 artists from across Canada have been selected as finalists for Canada’s newest National Art Prize. Chosen from over 800 artists and 1,367 works, more

2016 BlueCat Screenplay Competition

Call for Entries

Now Accepting Feature Length and Short Screenplays


Since 1998, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition has provided a community for the unknown screenwriter to develop their work, giving undiscovered talent a path to professional success.




Four Finalists: $2,500


BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY: $10,000 Grand Prize

Three Finalists: $2,000


THE CORDELIA INTERNATIONAL AWARD: Best Feature Screenplay from more