Snowking's Annual Carving Competition

Snowking's Annual Carving Competition

Four days. Five beautiful works of art. Yellowknife grown snow. Join us as we host our 3rd Annual International Snow Carving Competition. Teams from Alaska, China, Austria, Mexico, Canada, and Yellowknife will all compete for bragging rights and cash prize.

Carving:
Carving will commence Monday at 9:00am, and run until 6:00pm daily until Thursday. The public is welcome to come down any time to watch, carving will be lit up during the evening.

Juding and Awards:
Our 4 judges will decide who gets the honors on Friday, March 3rd at 12 noon. We encourage the public to come show your support!

Miss the carving competition? Fear not! The Snow Castle opens March 1st and you can come see the carving for the whole month!
 

Opening Ceremonies

Opening Ceremonies

Come watch the saw poke through the wall and watch the crew cut open the Castle doors. Inside be welcomed by the Yellowknives Dene Drummers. 

 

 

The Bushman and Aurora Chaser North

The Bushman and Aurora Chaser North

Come see the Castle on it's first night lit up and see aurora projections on the walls as the Bushman soothes you and your experience along. 

Pat Braden

Pat Braden

Let our friend Pat Braden welcome you to our first night at the Snowcastle for season XXII

Baby Brian and the Country Club

Baby Brian and the Country Club

The Country Club sings country tunes in the classic tradition, from where they stand.

Peter and the Wolves

Peter and the Wolves

The Snow Sizzler with Baby Brian's Country Club, and Peter and the Wolves.

Storm Lynn

Storm Lynn

Singer songwriter Storm Lynn.

Mob Bounce

Mob Bounce

Craig is Gitxsan and Travis is Cree/Metis. The two Aboriginal artists have exceptional experience in playing guitar and drums, and have blended their musicianship with elements of Electronic Dance Music (E.D.M.), and Hip Hop production; they incorporate aspects of a Cultural identity with an Artistic identity by experimenting with free toning (Chanting), and a Cultural soundscape influenced by sounds of Nature.

Peter and the Wolves

Peter and the Wolves

Bring your family to join in on the fun rockabilly tunes of Peter and the Wolves! 

Nellie Quinn and Chris Meredith

Nellie Quinn and Chris Meredith

The Royal Ball with Nellie Quinn and Chris Meredith, followed by the Lonesome Ace String Band.

The Lonesome Ace Stringband

The Lonesome Ace Stringband

The Lonesome Ace Stringband brings grit, skill and abandon to old-time, Appalachian folk songs and fiddle/banjo tunes.

Aurora Fiddle Society

Aurora Fiddle Society

Aurora Fiddle Society promotes fiddling in Yellowknife and and throughout the North Slave region. We work cooperatively with other organizations, such as the Kole Crook Fiddle Association; which has a territory wide mandate.

Double Treble

Double Treble

Double Treble is two sets of fiddling twins from Yellowknife

Lonesome Ace Stringband

Lonesome Ace Stringband

The Lonesome Ace Stringband brings grit, skill and abandon to old-time, Appalachian folk songs and fiddle/banjo tunes. These are songs and tunes for life and all of it’s occasions: festivals, dances, wars, parties and funerals. T

Castle Comedy

Castle Comedy

Pull up an icey chair and heat up your heart with the best medicine, laughter! Local comedians including Heidi Kane, Loren McGinnis, Jade Halycon and more 

Chris Jonah

Chris Jonah

No stranger to our snow stage, Chris has performed with former bands The Skinnys and Los Fllacos Locos.  For the past few years, Chris has been playing at community festivals and local bars as a solo artist. Get ready for some fresh sounds and original material from this Yellowknife singer / songwriter.

 

Drunken Forest

Drunken Forest

Cabin Fever Reliever Night presents Chris Jonah and A Drunken Forrest 

NWTCC presents Common Ground

NWTCC presents Common Ground

NWT Creative Collective presents Common Ground featuring DJ Neon

Kids Sing

Join KIDS SING Music Group to hear them perform their favourite songs - the audience may be asked to join in the fun too, so be ready to share your musical spirit! KIDS SING Music Group is made up of kids aged 5-9 and supported by their older singing friends in the Yellowknife Youth Choir.

John Tees

John Tees

John Tees is a Yellowknife born and raised Metis singer/songwriter/musician. John’s musical talent started in high school and he covers various genres such as folk, gospel, rock and country. John has played many venues  in the North and South and is frequently called to play instrumental music for his audiences’ listening pleasure. In 2009, John produced his first CD entitled What Métis Means To Me which continues to be played on local and international radio stations.

 

Miraj

Miraj

Miraj is a northern electronic and visual music based group from Yellowknife, NT that consists Sami Blanco and Harrison Roberts.

Les Dead Frets

Les Dead Frets

Les Dead Fretts

The Kinley Paul Band

The Kinley Paul Band

The Kinley Paul Band is a high-energy blues-rock outfit with folk roots, blues cahoots and country boots!

Peek a boo Kazoo

Peek a boo Kazoo

Yellowknife’s favourite children’s musical group

Bem Gelada

Bem Galada sound is Spanish and Brazilian, with smatterings of Cuban and Columbian Folk… all danceable.

Darin Woodbury

Darin Woodbury

Darin Woodbury 

Rebels without Applause

Rebels without Applause

Rebels without Applause is a new Rock Band who play a mix of classic and hard rock covers, as well as some original pieces inspired by classic and blues-rock from the 1960s and 70s. Active only since the winter of 2016, they are currently cutting their teeth playing shows at various Yellowknife bars, as well as some of the local festivals and special events. The band consists of Casey Anderson on Guitar, Vocals and Synthesizer; Quentin Connar Adam Bodnar-McLeod on Drums, and Elijah Forget on Bass.

Sugar Shack Brunch

Sugar Shack Brunch

Association Franco-Culturelle de Yellowknife presents their annual Sugar Shack Brunch! Servings at 10:00am & 11:30am (limited tickets sold in advance, visit AFCY event page for more information)

See http://afcy.info for ticket details

Dead North

Dead North

DEAD NORTH is a short genre film-making festival that is open to all the good people freezing their faces off North of 60. Over the course of two months, filmmakers from the circumpolar world produce original films in some of the world's coldest climates. Join festival organizers, the Artless Collective, for a curation of selections from this year’s festival. 

 

Brrrlesque

Brrrlesque

The hottest show in town comes to the coldest stage. The Brrlesque crew will be at the Castle for one last show. Don’t miss it!

$25/ticket

Gus and Ted Miltenberger

As soon as they could walk, brothers Gus and Ted Miltenberger have been belting out songs of heartbreak and loneliness. Masterful musicians, you’ll catch them providing the beat to latenight two-steps and waltzes on summer nights at the Gold Range.  We’re pleased to welcome these fine Yellowknife gents to our snow stage, 

Old Man Luedecke

Old Man Luedecke

Winter Roots Night with Ted and Gus Miltenberger and Old Man Luedecke

Frosty Children's Theater

Frosty Children's Theater

Frosty Children's Theater performs a new play Tots MaGoats.

Johnny Rex

Johnny Rex

The descendent of a family that came north in 1939, Johnny Rex explores his family roots in Yellowknife. From the back door of the Rex Café, generations later we hear songs about his family’s struggle to survive in the northern frontier. Images from another time emerge as lyrics tell of Louis and Agatha Lessard’s struggles, triumphs and sorrows as they support and raise their family in early Yellowknife.

Ryan McCord

Ryan McCord

Ryan McCord first picked up the guitar shortly after arriving in Yellowknife, NWT, ten years ago.  Originally from Peterborough, Ontario, his move north coincided with a deepening appreciation of country, folk and traditional music. He’s spent countless evenings around campfires and Old Town shacks, singing, playing and drinking whatever comes around.  These days, he’s playing more than eve and writing new songs while humbly maintaining his day job as a window cleaner.

 

Old Man Luedecke

Old Man Luedecke

Old Man Luedecke

SubARCCtic

SubARCCtic is an annual art exhibit hosted by the YK Artist Run Community Centre (YK ARCC) which examines and explores themes connected to the Snowcastle and surrounding landscape of Great Slave Lake and Yellowknife Bay.  

The Royal Rave

The Royal Rave

The Royal Rave is now on it’s 11th year at Snowking! Bush League Dj’s are back with special guests Dj Zilla and Pronoia.

$15/ticket

Snowy Craft Sale

Snowy Craft Sale

Snowy Craft Sale 

Ecology North Fish Fry

Ecology North Fish Fry

Ecology North presents their annual Fish Fry

Cabaret Taiga

Cabaret Taiga

Live broadcasting of “Cabaret Taiga”, a live variety radio show featuring theatre, story-telling, poetry, a live band and a performance and interview with our feature performer. Live from the Snowcastle Great Hall and on CIVR Radio Taiga, 103.5 FM.

Lisa Leblanc

Lisa Leblanc

L'association Francophone Culturelle de Yellowknife and Snowking present Lisa Leblanc 

True North Calling Screening

True North Calling Screening

True North Calling is a new CBC Network show that comes out in February with the season finale on March 24. It's still being shot throughout Iqaluit, Whitehorse, Inuvik and Yellowknife and is based on bringing viewers on a journey through the North by following the day-to-day experiences of several characters that deal with unforgiving terrain, unpredictable weather and unexpected challenges to make a life for themselves, their families and in some cases, their communities. The first 50 people through the door receive a mug with hot chocolate!

Crook the Kid

Crook the Kid

Dylan CTK Jones (Crook the Kid) is a hip hop artist and story teller from Yellowknife, NT. Born and raised in the Canadian Arctic, he has developed a passion for the culture and preservation of his home, the North. Growing up in the isolated northern community of Fort Good Hope, NT, Dylan has taken the role of being a voice for the hardship and beauty of a more rugged way of life.

The River Jacks

The River Jacks

The river jacks prevalent punk rock roots make you want to raise your pint and look back on the days when there was no such thing as an early night and certainly no morning meetings. There was just music that made you want to put your arm around the person beside you and sing along until sunrise. Perhaps this warm fuzzy feeling is partially due to the fact that the gentlemen of River Jacks are from bands that we used to share those fleeting moments with. 

Vid:   https://www.youtube.com/watchv=olF_bvdwqPI&feature=youtu.be

YKDFN Craft Sale and Stew

YKDFN Craft Sale and Stew

Yellowknives Dene First Nation members will be selling a variety crafts as well as stew and bannock. 

CBC hosts Family Afternoon at the Castle

CBC hosts Family Afternoon at the Castle

CBC North will be onsite from 12:30 - 4:00pm with meteorologist Ashley Brauweiler. Come down and spin the CBC prize wheel to win some prizes! 

Libby Catling's Book Launch

Libby Catling's Book Launch

Libby Catling book launch, ‘The Sum of All Our Parts’ about her life living in the bush in Reliance, NWT

Eric the Juggler

Eric the Juggler

Back my popular demand, Eric the Juggler (Thunder Bay, On) has been performing and giving lessons as a juggler and entertainer since 2005. His company, CirqueWorks, specializes in circus shows, strolling entertainment, and workshops. Eric brings his skills to year-round festivals and events, connecting with audiences of all ages and teaching many of them how to juggle and use other circus gear. Among other items, he juggles knives, fire and a chainsaw.

Sing-a-long with Snow Penny

Sing-a-long with Snow Penny

Northern Family Sing-A-long with Snow Penny. Snowcastle’s own SP will lead you through some fun and easy songs! 

Brother Grimm Fairy Tales

Brother Grimm Fairy Tales

Brother Grimm Fairy Tales: More fun for all ages with visiting German storyteller Thea Faber. Story will be told in English and in German.

Spiritus Choir

Spiritus Choir

Spiritus Chamber Choir, Calgary's award-winning chamber choir, is committed to providing high-quality concerts to choral music lovers in Calgary and surroundings. Our members are accomplished performers who delight in sharing their love for music and the art of singing. Led by artistic director Timothy Shantz, the choir sings in a wide array of musical styles, from Renaissance motets to full-fledged choral-orchestral masterworks.

NWT Creative Collective Youth Showcase

NWT Creative Collective Youth Showcase

NWT Creative Collective Youth Showcase Up and coming Yellowknife musicians share tunes on the snow stage.

Jake Clemons

Jake Clemons

The Great Meltdown with Jake Clemons and Eclectrip.

Eclectrip

Eclectrip

The Great Meltdown with Jake Clemons, and Eclectrip. 

Bella Beats

Bella Beats

Bella Beats is a high performance dance troupe consisting of 26 dancers aged 8 to 16 years.

Dance Around the World

United by their love of dance, this dance group brings the beauty of belly dance and Latin dance to Yellowknife. They come from all over the world and together they have prepared a number of choreographies to mesmerize the audience. Led by performer, instructor and choreographer Andrea Sanchez (also known as Jade) the group debuts this year in the snow castle.

 

Thelma Cheecho

Thelma Cheecho

Thelma Cheecho is a folk and country singer/songwriter born on a small remote island on the southern tip of James Bay in Northern Ontario Canada called Moose Factory. Her musical career includes touring and was an opening act for Buffy Sainte-Marie and Susan Aglukark.  She is currently living in Yellowknife. 

EclecTrip

EclecTrip

EclecTrip is an explosion of sound and energy that explores the essence of a variety of styles including World, Folk, Jazz and more! Originating from different musical backgrounds, each individual brings his or her own perspective to this refreshing, natural collaboration of mu­sic.

William Greenland

William Greenland

William Greenland is a Gwich’in Singer Song Writer, Native American Flute Player and former Radio broadcaster who lives and works in Yellowknife Northwest Territories. For more many years, William has been involved with music festivals as an Emcee through the NWT and Yukon he has also performed at numerous functions throughout North America. William's quick wit and genuine style is sure to captivate audiences everywhere.