My hosts in Yellowknife were a savvy media team: Kyle created YK Online, and Jen is the creative director for Tait Communications. Both are community connectors who made my trip both educational and entertaining.
We ventured into town and took in the Canada Day parade on a sweltering day in the “Arctic desert,” as the region is often referred to locally. Our evening featured a cast of local characters and creators, and a feast of blueberries, whitefish, trout and a little homemade birch syrup delivered by Pike Mike. Pike Mike is best known for his role on the Animal Planet series Ice Lake Rebels. A man with serious skills, he can weave a yarn, play the mandolin, help you catch record-sized trout and teach you about surviving off the land, all in one evening. After, we settled in for a patio roundtable of five creative women: a filmmaker, an engineer, a graphic artist, a printmaker and myself. It felt like a residency of sorts, all in one day in a small community in a land of extremes. At 1 a.m., it was still light out. Days are full here this time of year with the midnight sun, and everyone is trying to squeeze out every minute of this golden time.