The Yukon's Dakhká Khwáan Dancers are performing at the Arctic Gala and will be transporting you to the Yukon throughout the evening. Flown in by Air North, they will feature storytelling on the St. Roch, traditional dance, and themed audience participation drumming and dancing.

Get a taste for what is to come with this video from Air North when they flew the Dakhká Khwáan Dancers to Vancouver to extend an invitation to the rest of Canada to follow them to the Yukon. 

 Image courtesy of Spirit Wrestler Gallery 

Image courtesy of Spirit Wrestler Gallery 

Spirit Wrestler Gallery | Special Exhibit

Spirit Wrestler Gallery Vancouver will be featuring many of their Arctic pieces on display in our TK Gallery especially for this event.

Hans Gatt | Champion Musher

Meet Hans Gatt, his wife and two of their sled dogs who will be joining us for the evening - and providing a great photo opportunity! 

Hans is a multiple champion in every class of dog sled racing and has built every sled he has raced on. Growing up on a farm in Austria, his passion for sled dog racing began when he attended a dog sled race in Europe. After winning all eight races entered in his first year of racing, including the European championship, Hans moved to Canada in 1990 to race in North America. He now lives three km south of Whitehorse, Yukon, with Susie Rogan and 47 dogs, including 24 race dogs, seven pups and 16 retired dogs. 

Robin Esrock | Guest Speaker

Since penning an adventure column for the Vancouver Sun, Robin Esrock has gone to become one of Canada’s best-known travel personalities.  Author of the bestselling Great Canadian Bucket List books, he co-hosted the 40-part TV series Word Travels (OLN, CityTV, National Geographic), wrote columns for The Globe and Mail, Outpost and MSN, and has been published in The Guardian, Chicago Tribune, South China Morning Post, Readers Digest, and many other publications. Profiled as a travel expert by the likes of 60 Minutes, CNN, MSNBC, CBC, CTV, MSNBC and Forbes Travel, Robin is currently writing The Great Global Bucket List for Harper Collins, and two new books about the very best experiences in the Prairies and Northern Canada.

The Imagination Corporation are hard at work on a miniature model of the Beaver for our Children's Maritime Discovery Centre. The finished model (along with other maritime themed concept models) will be on display at the  Arctic Gala. Make sure you check it out. Dan Sawatzky of the Imagination Corporation will be on hand for the event as well.

Claire Martin | Event MC

Claire Martin is an award-winning meteorologist, TV presenter, and a veteran of the Canadian media industry. She has worked both on and off camera for public and private broadcasters for over twenty years - including almost ten years with CBC’s The National.

Born in England, Claire moved to Canada in 1989. She started winning over audiences in Edmonton, Alberta, where in 1999 and again in 2000, she was awarded the Alberta Motion Picture Industry Award for "Best Female Host" and "Best Produced Educational Video" for writing and appearing in science videos designed to promote the Grade 5-8 science unit in the Alberta Public School curriculum.

The International Weather Festival awarded Claire Martin the honour of "Best Weather Presenter in the World" in 2000, 2001, and 2003. By 2005, Claire had moved on to national television, where she continued to collect awards in recognition of her on-air work.

Claire has also been involved with the United Nations World Meteorological Organization, where she travelled to Mozambique and worked with meteorologists and scientists from over thirty African nations.

In 2014, Claire capped off her on-air recognition with a Canadian Screen Actor nomination for TV news broadcasting.

Throughout her career, Claire has been committed to making the subject of environmental science accessible to Canadians. A natural fit with the Green Party of Canada, Claire worked tirelessly as the candidate for North Vancouver (2015) to ensure the climate crisis was no longer an afterthought in Ottawa, but a top priority.