2024 Riverfront Town Square

The Riverfront Town Square is pedestrian-oriented and located in the heart of downtown Whitehorse. Starting on July 1 to September 1, 2024, every Tuesday and Saturday, the riverfront and wharf will transform into a vibrant hub for people to eat, drink, socialize and shop. This area will be programmed for a market, concerts and artist workshops to activate the waterfront and draw people towards the Downtown core.

The unique combination of pop-up vendors, food trucks, live music and artist workshops will make it an exciting destination for both locals and visitors alike. More importantly, this project intends to not only support local small businesses and food vendors, but also increase foot traffic to the riverfront to boost business in the surrounding areas.

Created by: NCES artists, with the support of Ken Anderson

The community art-making event takes place at the end of Adäka Cultural Festival and acts as a prelude to the launch of the Riverfront Town Square. Dedicated to family programming, the First Nations community will invite youth and the public to paint shapes such as salmon from the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre to the wharf, where the community will then gather to unveil the artwork and inaugurate the Town Square. By involving the community to participate in enhancing the First Nations presence along the riverfront, the general public can learn about First Nations artists, the history of First Nations displacement along the Yukon River and the importance of the meaning behind the project.

About the Art: Part of the Water
The mural is about the First Peoples of the Yukon and the river; wolf and raven in the centre (centre of our culture) salmon representing a traditional food source. Next out from the centre, the bear and eagle represent the other animals that frequent the river. Seal bowl represents the oral history and culture of the First People’s flora. The part farthest from the river represent the plants and vegetation found along the river and also the beadwork of the mothers and grandmothers (matrilineal society). The piece doesn’t have a particular top, bottom, or sides so as to represent the movement of the peoples from this area both to and from the water.

Envisioned and painted by Ken Anderson, assisted by Bre-Anna, produced by Northern Cultural Expressions Society.

About the Artists
Ken is of Tlingit and Scandinavian descent and was born and raised in Whitehorse. He specializes in the Tlingit art forms of the Northwest Coast. He has been a professional artist for the past 25 years, and has been shown and represented locally, nationally and internationally.

Bre-Anna Schilling grew up in the Yukon and is both a member of Kinistin Saulteaux Nation and of European descent. She has been a carver with Northern Cultural Expressions Society for 9 years. She first joined after her grandmother showed her an ad in the paper about the program. She checked it out, loved it, joined, and has never looked back. “It’s like family here and I really enjoy doing art”.

Market days (with food trucks!) are Tuesdays from 4pm to 8pm and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm.

Interested in becoming a vendor this year? Find the application here.

Tuesday July 9
Market Vendors
Imperfect Woodcarving
Tagish Rocks

Food & Food Trucks
Half Moon Ice Cream
First People’s Coffee
Chef Sandra
KITA Japanese Kitchen+Bar
BBQ King Restaurant
Food Ninja
Yukon Bunsik
Yukon Organics
Daat Cuisine

Information Booths
Lotteries Yukon
Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce
Elder Active

Saturday July 13
Market Vendors
Gold Essence
Whitehorse Woof Natural Dog Treats & Accessories
The Northern Crochet Co.
The Yukon Box
Raices Design
Volke’ Arts

Food & Food Trucks
KITA Japanese Kitchen+Bar
BBQ King Restaurant
First People’s Coffee
Food Ninja
Chef Sandra
Yukon Bunsik

Information Booths
Ukrainian Canadian Association of Yukon
Elder Active
Safe at Home

Every Tuesday from 5-7 pm, Music Yukon will host free concerts featuring local musicians and bands. Check this page for the schedule of performers at the Riverfront Town Square.

Tuesday July 2
5 pm – Sean from the Yukon
6 pm – Kim Beggs Trio

Tuesday July 9
5 pm – Keitha Clark and Graeme Poile
6 pm – Blues Cargo 

Participate in free artist workshops every Saturday from 10am to 2pm. Two local artists, presented by Arts Underground, will lead the sessions at the market. Sessions are drop-in unless otherwise noted below.

Artist Workshop Schedule:

Saturday July 6
Pressed Flower Art with The Garden Witch (Ages 5+) 
Using pressed flowers from The Garden Witch’s garden, participants will make a keepsake jar to take home.

Silk Screening with Nicole Bauberger (Ages 8+)
Nicole will demonstrate her one-of-a-kind silk-screening technique. Participants will then use Nicole’s screens to silkscreen on paper and an upcycled t-shirt from her stash.

Saturday July 13
Air Dry Clay for Kids with Tara Fallat (Ages 5-10)
Make a necklace pendant, a tiny animal, or anything you can imagine. Press found objects like spruce boughs and river rocks and explore patterns and textures. Each participant will take home the art they create. 

Try the Pottery Wheel with Sheelah Tolton (All Ages)
Participants try the pottery wheel, create textured slabs of clay and watch pottery demonstrations.

Saturday July 20
Pulp Painting with Natural Pigments with Helen O’Connor (All Ages)
Discover the contemporary technique of pulp painting with paper artist Helen O’Connor. In this hands-on demo you will learn the art of hand papermaking and create a variety of naturally pigmented pulps for explorative creating.

Needle Painting and Embroidery Basics with Alaena Warner (Ages 5+)
Learn some basic needle painting, or embroidery stitches and techniques, and work on a patch or broach you can take home with you.

Saturday July 27
Wood Carving Demo with Josh Lesage (All Ages)
Joshua Lesage will be demonstrating how to sculpt wood using chisels and mallets. Watch and interact with long time carver to learn how sculptures are made.

Art workshop with Kathy Piwowar – more information coming soon!

Saturday August 3
Painting with Atmosphere with Natasha Henderson (Ages 15+)
During this workshop, participants will be invited to try their hand at painting from observation. The emphasis of this painting is not realism, however… it is mood, atmosphere, and an attempt to capture emotion through paint or mixed media. Artist Natasha Henderson will help guide participants through the painting and creation process, with suggestions and ideas of how to add mood and atmosphere to the works.

Plastic Injection with Your Plastic Waste with Janna Swales (All Ages) 
Let’s take the big step to see plastic as a resource. What can we do with it, how beautiful can we make it? Bring your plastic type 2s and 5s and see how recycling can happen before your eyes.

Saturday August 10
Making a Braided Rug with Socks with Joyce Majiski (Ages 7+, adult support required)
Learn to make a braided rug using old socks! Joyce will be demonstrating the steps involved and coaching folks through them so that they can start your own braided rug. Sign up required. 

Saturday August 17
Stained Glass Art with Stephanie Luneta-Stevens (Ages 16+) 
Learn the basic steps and concepts of stained glass art using copper foil and lead, what tools are needed as well as supplies. 3 participants will make a stained glass project, the public will be welcome to watch the process unfold!

Art workshop with Marlene Collins – more information coming soon!

Saturday August 24
Bee Creative Summer Acrylic Painting with Meghann Atina (Ages 7+) 
Participants will be creating a summer inspired painting, created by Meghann Atina Arts, with Yukon flora, and busy bees. A step-by-step guided lesson will take approximately 1-2hrs, depending on the artist. No experience is required, all materials will be provided, and paintings can be taken home.

Elemental Expressions: Art with Stones, Grains, and Beans with Toori Fareeda Khan (Ages 10+) 
Participants will explore the unique art of painting using natural materials such as stones, grains, and beans, combined with oil paint. Attendees will learn techniques to blend these unconventional mediums, creating textured, multi-dimensional artworks. Participants will take home their own unique piece of art, infused with personal meaning and the organic beauty of the natural elements used in its creation.


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