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.

See all three shows for one low price with the Festival Pass



Trader Time // January 26 & 27

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 Variety Show // January 26 & 27

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.


Onegin // February 1-3

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?

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Stranger Connections

Meeting people is hard. The same conversations and the same questions just aren’t any fun. Join us before Onegin for Stranger Connections - a way to meet a bunch of new friends and get past the same old conversations. We’ll supply uncommon questions and a free beverage to help ease the path.



Nakai Theatre’s Pivot Festival has been a highlight of the Yukon theatre season for the past nine 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.