Thanks for a great festival!


10 days of uncommonly fun theatre, music and storytelling. 

An acclaimed indie rock musical, Yukon history from a different angle, and a variety show with delightful songs about deplorable people. And even more.


Onegin // February 1-3 8pm // Yukon Arts Centre Main Stage.

A hit musical as immersive as love itself.
Presented in partnership with the Yukon Arts Centre


When Evgeni Onegin visits the Larin family estate, his romantic charms stir passions long forgotten by its residents. Poet Vladimir Lensky’s romantic ideals are challenged (a duel!) after Onegin flirts with his fiancée Olga Larin, and even the sensible Tatyana Larin falls for the handsome rogue. The hit musical moves, shakes, and wakes audiences with its sweeping score, leaving the powerful question swirling in their minds: Look around, look around, look around, do you see someone worth dying for?


Trader Time // January 26 & 27 7pm // Old Firehall

The first look at a new show by Ivan Coyote and Sarah MacDougall


Author and storyteller Ivan Coyote is a born-and-raised third-generation Yukoner whose family roots in Whitehorse reach back to February of 1949, when their beloved grandmother first arrived by train to the foot of Main Street, pregnant and clutching the hand of her two-year-old son.

Trader Time is a series of interconnected stories, written by Coyote and scored by Swedish-born Yukon songwriter Sarah MacDougall. These two artists blend story and lyrics to create a haunting and sometimes hilarious meander through small-town big-family politics, growing up queer in a cold cold place, the life and deaths of two very different matriarchs, and some of the secrets buried in all that permafrost.


3Penny Radio Revue // January 26 & 27 9pm // Old Firehall

Delightful songs about deplorable people.

In times of corruption and hardship, criminal Mack the Knife marries heiress Polly Peachum. Drama and singing ensues. Mack is in tight with cops but that might not be able to save him. A show about human appetites and flawed justice systems. Set in Victorian London and uncomfortably relevant to our current conditions.

Adapted from the Brecht and Weill by Nakai artistic director Jacob Zimmer and the company. Music Director Scott Maynard. Performed by Annie Avery, Katie Avery, Brenda Barnes, Roy Neilson, and Moira Sauer.



Procession: A Pub Crawl with a Twist

Wednesday, January 24 7-9pm Multiple locations

Meet new people while enjoying live stories and songs along the way. We’ll wander to a new bar for each new mini performance.


Pivotal Conversations

Sunday January 28 1-4pm Old Fire Hall Free (Pre-registration required)


As part of Pivot, we’ll convene different kinds of conversation:

Conversations about the futures and opportunities and needs for the arts in Whitehorse and the Yukon. We’ll leave room for “day of” inspiration but you can expect conversations like:

  • What support do Yukon theatre makers need?
  • How can we best share resources to succeed?
  • More organizations or more organization?
  • How can the arts contribute to questions of land use, climate change and social cohesion?
  • What does success look like to you?

Even in a small city, it can be hard to meet with other folks who are working and aspiring in the arts. And when we do gather, it's often for shows, panels, parties or other scenarios in which only a few people get to speak or conversations are lost to time.

At Pivotal Conversations you will meet, listen and talk to new people; find common cause and shake up expectations while creating potential in a spirit of collaboration.


Pivotal Words

Monday January 29, 7pm, The Social House, By Donation

Join us for the sparks of spoken word in the dark of winter. A night of local poems, stories, songs and almost anything else that involves words.

A collaboration with Brave New Words and curator Susanne Hingley.


Stranger Connections

We can all agree that small talk sucks. Sure we're all obsessed with the weather and the Netflix show we've been binging for days, but do we really need to spend an hour talking about it? 

If it sometimes feels like the only thing people are asking you about is how long you've been in the Yukon, where you're from, and what you do for work, then this event is for you.

Join us before Onegin for Stranger Connections -

This special edition of Stranger Connections is all about collectively breaking free from the unbearable boring of small talk and having real conversations. Find out how far someone will go for love. Discover what is the most important trait for people in their friendships. Learn a little more about people while talking to them about their experiences with love and death and then enjoy Onegin afterwards!

Worried you won't know what to say? We've spent the time coming up with awesome questions, so you don't have to. And, a drink is included with the ticket price to help get you started.



Nakai Theatre’s Pivot Festival has been a highlight of the Yukon theatre season for the past ten years, presenting some of Canada’s most innovative, engaging performances. 

Pivot invites us to connect with people and theatre close to home and from around the world. Pivot transcends our assumptions about theatre by mixing inspirational productions, first looks at new ideas, great parties, and opportunities to join in the creative fun. Pivot brings the light of being together into the long nights of a Yukon January.

This festival is made possible thanks to our partners.