Meet our awesome hard working crew and the role they play in our Festival
22 years ago a snowman was sitting outside enjoying the winter sun when someone put a magic potato on his face instead of a carrot. The result was a magical transformation and snowking came to be. Ever since then, he has built a giant snow-castle for all the winter citizens who enjoy the whole winter experience.
Mr Freeze has been Snowking's sidekick for a long time. He began his snow career with cutting and stacking funky but clean snowblocks, helping with the creation of temporary Old Testament-like buildings on Yellowknife Bay! When snow blowers and snow forms were introduced, genuine snow castles began to take shape. Later, when a bunch of cool young guys showed up, totally wanting to morph ice and snow with vibe and cosmos, Mr. Freeze knew it was time to move and help Snowking with the paperwork. After all, Snowking didn't feel so comfortable in the board rooms! Now it is Mr.Freeze's mission to steer Snowking clear from the overflow and keep him on the black ice.
Shiverin' Sheila- Board Treasurer/Secretary
Shiverin’ Sheila is never bored with being on the Board. It snow secret that she gets a kick out of the Castle and the shenanigans that go on there. Snow slide is a personal fave. Let the games begin!
Lady Icicle- Designer/Carver
Freezing winds and falling skies don't deter these twinkling eyes. They see the forms within the snow, calling out to be let go. Answering with a stroke or two, my chisel guides them here, anew.
The thunderclouds that form over Yellowknife skies threaten the sunshine and scare the young. When gusts of arctic air hit the open bay, a dream of a species triumphs over the chill. The rare and endangered snowbird circles and glides the horizon. Dressed in thick fur, and maneuvering with grace, the snowbird is spiritual and disciplined, strong and dangerous. With talons sharp and precise, she carves snow and ice for nesting.
Ice Crackly-Board President
Ice Crackly is the president of Snowking's Board of Directors. He was elected several years ago on a campaign promising to extend Castle season from one month to twelve. When asked about this he replied, "That doesn't sound like something I would have said." Regardless of any questionable politicking, however, Ice Crackly's dedication to the King, Castle and all of YK Bay's royal subjects is one thing that is certainly undeniable. If you see him say hello!
Avalanche Kidd-Lead Builder
One of my favourite things is doing a "POUR". While up on the formwork, I hold a shield to re-direct the geyser of snow from the tractor below. The snow thuds against my shield and snow-dust swills around my face. It feels as if I am fighting an avalanche! When the snow stops, I lower my shield, then covered in snow with a glint in my eye, I yell: MORE!
Snowhova- Ice Mason/Chaplain
Snohova is a post-disciplinary artist who is accustomed to living in fringe environments, from the hot deserts of California, the amphibious streets of West Scotland, and the exotic freon lakes of the sub-arctic. Snomo Bill's aim is to integrate lifestyle directly with productive output, thus creating a self-realized personal mythology that conflates Aesthetics, Athletics, and Ethics into a wholistic post-critical synergy.
Billy Joe Yellow Snow-Builder
There was a young man named billy joe
Enjoyed cookies and cakes and his sourdough
But his favourite by far
After having a jar
Was being outside making yellow snow
If Granny can do it, so can you!
Born to Canadian winters in January 1953 I haven't missed one yet. I've eaten snow, I've dug it, carved it, melted it to drink, skied it, tobogganed it, fallen on it, had it's walls collapse on me, eaten maple syrup on it, danced naked in it (before the sauna of course), it has frozen me and warmed my heart at the same time. I love the winters, quiet, softly peaceful, a time for reflection, clean, hard and crunchy, downily fluffy, invigorating fresh as it courses down an exposed neck. I love it.
Sir Baron Von Blizzard- Builder/Technical Director
Standing up to torrents of Ice, Wind and Snow no job is too big and no task is too small. Rosy cheeks, frosty noses and chilled bones will not stand in the way of his snow domain. With a skip in his step and a whistled tone, the castle will go up with no chip off his shoulder.
I started as a volunteer on the 20th annual snow castle in 2015. After spending 4-6 days a week with the great crew during 6 weeks of the build, I advanced from quarry person to assist in the building of the ice counter in the Cafe. That was the highlight for me that year. This year I was offered the opportunity to fill one of the crew positions, which I jumped at. Hoping for a good building season this Jan and Feb.
Snowproblem- Saftey Officer/Hospitality
A Royal subject and volunteer since Snowking III, helping out around the castle, performing on the snow stage and supporting the Monarchy. "Keeping it cool around here is snow problem if ya think about it. Have a good festival!"
Just as much Schneeflocke is excited for the first sparkles of snow to fall from the skies in autumn, she is equally excited for the magic to return to Yellowknife Bay in the new year. Carefully carving in the snow she wishes for everyone to dive into the fairy tale that winter is for her.
Cold Snap-Volunteer Coordinator
Sweet as sugar, hard as ice Got lost in a traffic circle in Edmonton And wound up here on the ice!
Marty One Boot-Builder
Emerging from the rubble of a broken wooden crate that fell from the sky, Marty stomped around town as the new guy. In search of adventure to take part in, he discovered a Snowcastle in mid-construction. Into the pour he was sent, with his boots on tight he went. Buried in snow up to his waist, they pulled him out with much haste. On frozen ground with a holy sock he stood that day, and Marty One-Boot was here to stay!
Captain Morgan is thrilled with her promotion to full-time crew member and the dignity of a real snow name, after a year of humbling cadetship in block cutting, shaking off/stomping down snow in pours, shoveling and carving. Shauna is a true Old Town winter-lover and is often spotted riding her dump bike over the snow and ice in her blue sweater-jacket.
Frida Frost-Festival Director
Before the winter frost hits our lands, Lady Frost starts her planning. With her trusty Board by her side, her job is to make sure the festival is crisp and cool. You might find her walking the snowy sidewalks in hopes of finding fellow Monarch supporters. If you see her come your way, grab her hand and let her bring you down to the Bay.
Rookie Chinook-Sound/Lights Support
Snow Penny-Front of House
Here you go Snow-Cableman
Snowstorm Sally was born in a blinding blizzard on Great Slave Lake many moons ago. She emerges from her snow cave every winter to dance the night away with fellow revelers at the Snowcastle. She had so much fun last year in her debut performance as program coordinator that she's back to do it again.
Ice Mike-Board Director
Snow Chiselle is a southern belle. New to the north and its frosty ways. When she arrived, she picked up a chisel and thought to herself aloud (in a tounge twisting kind of way):
How much snow could Snow Chiselle chisel if Snow Chiselle could chisel snow?
To find out, she learned the ways of the chisel from none other than the master herself, Lady Icicle. Come by the castle to see what Snow Chiselle and her chiseling friends have been up to.