Canadian Championship Dog Derby Schedule

2016 Race Start | Yellowknife Online
2016 Race Start | Yellowknife Online

While enjoying the Long John Jamboree check out the Canadian Championship Dog Derby. The race start site is located between the LJJ site and the Dettah Ice Road. See the schedule before or learn more at

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

7:00 pm         Musher Registration

Friday, March 24th

9:30 am         4 Dog Race

9:45 am         4 Dog (U16)

11:00 am       6 Dog Race

1:00 pm         10 Dog

Saturday, March 25th

9:30 am         4 Dog Race (Day 2)

9:45 am         4 Dog (U16) (Day 2)

11:00 am       6 Dog Race (Day 2)           

1:00 pm         10 Dog (Day 2)

Sunday, March 26th

9:30 am         Mad Trapper Race

10:15 am        2 Dog Race

11:00 am       Sponsors/Media Race

1:00 pm         10 Dog (Day 3)

Awards Banquet

6:00 pm         Cocktails

7:00 pm         Dinner

8:00 pm         Awards

Please Volunteer

Long John Jamboree is still looking for many volunteers. If you are all interested, please contact us.

Specifically, we are looking for help:

  • In the Brrr Garden
  • On Sunday hosting the Trivia
  • and cleaning ice for the Internation Ice Carving Competition on Thursday and Friday during the day.

2017 De Beers Inspired Ice hosting High School & Media Challenges

Three high school teams and six local media teams will take part in new events

Two new challenges will draw on the talents of local high school students and Yellowknife media as part of the 2017 De Beers Inspired Ice – NWT Ice Carving Championship

Three teams, each comprised of four high school students, will take part in the first De Beers Inspired Ice High School Carving Challenge on Wednesday, March 15 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Somba K’e Civic Plaza outside Yellowknife City Hall. The students’ sculptures will be on display at the Somba K’e Civic Plaza for the week leading up to the Long John Jamboree (March 24-26). 

Next, come on down to the Jamboree site on Friday, March 24, when six teams of four members of Yellowknife’s local media will kick off the start of the Long John Jamboree as they compete in the De Beers Inspired Ice Media Carving Challenge. Their creations must include an element of the City of Yellowknife crest and the year “2017”. Once completed and judged, the carvings will be showcased at the Long John Jamboree, so make sure to drop by and see how these journalists’ skills rank next to local, national and international carvers! 

Both the high school and media teams will participate in ice carving workshops led by Terry Pamplin, a local artist and ice carver known for the ice sculptures around the SnowKing’s snow castle. 

Speaking on behalf of De Beers Canada, Gahcho Kué Mine General Manager Allan Rodel said “The high school and media carving challenges are another opportunity to showcase local talent and inspire youth to get into the spirit of the Long John Jamboree. For the media, we wanted to make sure they have the opportunity to take part in something they’d normally only get to participate in as observers.” 

Long John Jamboree President Michelle Demeule said “The Jamboree is pleased to partner with De Beers Canada to showcase more local talent with the two new challenges this year! Local high school students will go head to head in a ‘friendly’ challenge of youthful talent prior to spring break. Then we will witness the true power of the media, as they go toe-to-toe in a similar competition during the Jamboree weekend. We encourage the public to attend and view both events and cheer for their favourite teams!” 

For more information, please contact: 

Tom Ormsby
Head of External and Corporate Affairs
De Beers Canada
(403) 930 0991, ext 2703 Office
(403) 464 5516 Mobile 

Michelle Demeule
(867) 446-5155

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2016 Event Schedule

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2016 Long John Jamboree Event Schedule

 March 22, 2016 | YELLOWKNIFE, NT

It’s almost here! The ice of Yellowknife Bay will be home this weekend to music, games, food and a whole lot of fun for the family at the 5th annual Long John Jamboree.

Here is what we have in store for Year 5:

This year we are proud to present our first Curling tournament, the “John”spiel! Teams will be experiencing curling on a frozen bay while dressed in costume. You’ve never seen curling like this before! Also making its debut this year is the Northern Putting Challenge where Ice Hockey meets Mini-Putt. Happy Gilmore would be in his element! Speaking of hockey, we’ll also be featuring a 3-on-3 Hockey tournament. Our snow stage will also be home to Jiu Jitsu demonstrations and you can relax as well with Snow Yoga.

Returning for another year are the Trivia Challenge, Float Plane tours, Ice Fishing, our Kids’ Tent, Carnival games, Snow Beach Volleyball, Skijoring and Terriers & Tiaras! An event schedule can be found on our website at

Our music tent features all local performers this year with acts such as “Double Treble”, “Rebels Without Applause”, “Kevin and Noha” and we conclude on Sunday afternoon with Canada’s house band of the north, “Welder’s Daughter”.

This year’s “Fire and Ice” event begins Saturday evening at 6 in the music tent with Yellowknife favourites “The Sociables”. Then it’s the annual Burn On the Bay by the YK Burners at 8pm followed by a special performance on our Snow Stage at 8:45. The night concludes back in the music tent with a performance at 9pm by “3 Across Dee Eye”. Due to budget cutbacks, regretfully we announce that fireworks will not be shown this year.

To reduce traffic on the ice, we do encourage visitors to take public transportation, walk or carpool to the Long John Jamboree site.

 The 5th Annual Long John Jamboree – Yellowknife’s Celebration of Winter on Ice takes place March 25-27th on the ice of Yellowknife Bay.

 For more information, contact Michelle MacDonald at

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 Michelle MacDonald

Brr Tent Entertainment

We have a great list of local entertainment lined up for #LJJ2016:

6:00-6:45   Double Treble
7:00-7:45   Rebels without Applause
8:00-8:45   Kevin and Noha

6:00-7:45    The Sociables (2 sets)
9:00-10:45  3 Across Dee Eye (2 Sets)

3:00-5:00   Welder’s Daughter

Food & Artist Vendor Line-up!

Food Vendors

Big Guys Fry’s
Korea House
Sweet Stop
Juicy Sausage Truck
Starving Marvin Bistro
One of a Thai
Great Slave Lake Delights
North of 60 Billiards Association

Artist Vendors

Borealis Bike Tours Unlimited
Ray Mc Swain
Good Times Soap
Robbie Craig
Alexandra MacKenzie
NWT Brewing Co. 
James Wedzin
Hoar Frost Organics
Travis Plain
Charissa Alain-Lilly
Polar Bear Creations
Jake Olsen/YK Gold & Silver
Northern Heat
Tangle Tree Enterprises Inc. 
Black & White Bindery
Northern Cosmos
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