For centuries, the North has borne the image of ruggedness and survival. Meet some of the next wave of artists repainting it with a modern brush, and giving the NWT and the Yukon a daring new look. Text by Samia Madwar, photography by Michael Ericsson and Angela Gzowski
A speculative Arctic bestiary, wrought from science and overactive imaginations. Text by Tim Edwards, Illustrations by Beth Covvey
Before humans filled the air with toxins that trapped heat and began to melt the ice, the Arctic animal kingdom offered a relatively stable collection of documented beasts. But as climate change progresses, scientists have tallied a list of at least 34 hybrid Northern species that may result from the disappearance of Arctic Ocean ice in summers. Can you tell which of the following are the factually-based hypotheses/discoveries of these scientists, and which are the fever dreams of a foolish writer?*
Summers are glorious, but for the bloodsuckers—it’s practically a Northern mantra. Things might get even worse: with climate change, biting flies are moving farther North, partly because it’s getting warmer, and partly because it’s raining more often in the summer, creating more soggy breeding grounds. So what are we up against? Let’s round up the usual suspects—and hero. By Samia Madwar, Illustrations by Tonia Cowan
The mad scientist: Blackfly
Secret weapon: After they slice into your skin, blackflies inject you with an anesthetic so you don’t feel the bite right away, then lap up the blood. They’ll also pump in an anticoagulant to keep the blood flowing.
Whitehorse’s Headless Owl produces sounds you can see and touch. By Matthew Mallon
Growing up semi-alienated listening to punk (and his parents’ singer-songwriter albums) in Whitehorse taught Andrew Stratis three things: 1) music is a powerful, positive force; 2) record labels put out music; 3) vinyl is the best way to consume said music. “Punk rock was where I discovered record labels,” says Stratis now. “When I was younger and read about them and what they were up to, I’d be like, man, that would be really cool.”