Join your friends for Alianait's 14th Festival opener!!
Brooklyn Doran is an indie folk singer-songwriter, originally from Kenora, Ontario now based in Toronto. Her live show weaves song and storytelling, from humorous anecdote to heartfelt ballad. Her music has snatched the hearts of fans from coast to coast.
Canadian alt-folk songwriter AHI (pronounced “eye”) has traveled 100,000 miles, armed with an acoustic guitar and a voice like “gravel on silk”. Winner of the 2017 Canadian Songwriting Competition and one of NPR's favourite discoveries of the year, this soulful troubadour is one of Canada's most promising new voices.
OLD MAN LUEDECKE
Old Man Luedecke is none other than two-time Juno Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and banjo player Chris Luedecke of Chester, Nova Scotia. His latest release, Domestic Eccentric was recorded in a cabin in the snowy Nova Scotia woods. Not since Loudon Wainwright III has anyone written so honestly, so openly, or with such aching tenderness and good humour about family life.
Lazarus had hearts melting at his debut Alianait performance earlier this year. His first album Iqippagit is already becoming a household favourite among Inuktitut music lovers. On March 9th, Lazarus performed on the Yukon Arts Centre stage as part of the Yukon Arts Summit. He will be joined by his bandmates Allan Kangok and Billy Jay Ammaq at this year’s festival.
What better way to celebrate the land of the midnight sun - sweet music from Arctic Bay, Yellowknife, St. John's Newfoundland and Fitzroy, Australia.
Arctic Bay , NU
First prize winner of the 2017 Qilaut Song Contest, Leetia Kalluk is a fresh face in the Nunavut music scene and we are delighted to include her in this year’s Festival line-up.
St. John’s, Nfld.
Séan McCann's love for Newfoundland and Labrador folk songs shot him to international fame as a founding member of the renowned group Great Big Sea. After millions of albums sold, countless hit songs, and record-breaking tours around the world, Séan now tours as a solo artist in intimate venues where he can connect with his audience face-to-face with music bringing peace, love and happiness.
A passionate singer/songwriter and soulful performer, Leela has a voice that comes straight from the heart. Confessing her stories to her audiences with a gutsy voice and open stage presence, Gilday weaves her experiences as a northerner, a member of the Dene nation, and a traveler in a beautiful world.
THIS WAY NORTH
This Way North, Leisha Jungalwalla and Cat Leahy, a guitar/drum two-piece with a deceptive and powerful full band sound. The duo put on a colourful show featuring honest songs about everyday life. Their exciting show-WOMAN-ship is marked with tight guitar licks and lush slide guitar tones, live guitar looping and bombastic, mesmerizing drumming.
Celebrate Canada's birthday with amazing rock sounds from Arviat, Blind River, Toronto and Nuuk, Greenland!!
A Nunavut favourite, we are excited to bring Arviat’s prolific songwriter, Agaaqtoq back to Alianait!! He is considered one of Nunavut’s best rising talents, winning the hearts of his audience with his engaging performance and timeless Inuktitut songs. Agaaqtoq recorded his self-titled debut album in 2014 and we are looking forward to his next release!!
Blind River, ON
Evan James Redsky is a singer/songwriter from Blind River, ON by way of Toronto. Having spent five years with Juno-nominated rock group Single Mothers - he has since left to finish work on his debut effort. The Danny Wolfe EP is a return to Redsky's indigenous story telling roots.
Toronto-based pop-rock quartet Jane’s Party is Devon Richardson, Tom Ionescu, Jeff
Giles, and Zach Sutton. The band has supported and toured alongside the likes of the
Arkells, Sam Roberts Band, LIGHTS, Blue Rodeo, Stars, Lord Huron, The Rural
Alberta Advantage, and many others. Their mission is to make everyone dance.
Greenland’s most popular band, Nanook will release their fourth studio album in May, just in time for Alianait. More than 100 Iqaluit fans lined up for autographs and selfies when they were here in 2015. We are thrilled to bring them for their second Canadian gig.
A dream of a closing show featuring outstanding indigenous artists from Greenland, Nunavik, Kahnawake, northern Alberta, New Zealand and Nunavut and starting with our annual collaboration 'Dreams' directed by Sylvia Cloutier.
Nunavik and Kahnawake
Twin Flames is a captivating duo that combines two accomplished singer songwriters Chelsey June an Algonquin/Cree/Métis woman and Jaaji an Inuk/Mohawk man from Nunavik and Kahnawake. Twin Flames play both Inuttitut and English folk-pop-rock with an acoustic roots flavour and an Americana feel. This powerful duo won the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Award for Aboriginal Songwriters of the Year.
Toronto via Northern Alberta
Juno nominated Indigenous cellist / composer Cris Derksen is originally from Northern Alberta, which forms many of her musings, as a half Cree, half Mennonite 2 spirit human. Lately she's been traipsing around the globe with her 2 buds: Nimkii Osawamick - hoop dance and Jesse Baird - drums.
MĀMĀ MIHIRANGI & THE MĀREIKURA
Aotearoa, New Zealand
Māmā Mihirangi & the Māreikura are an all-female contemporary Indigenous music and dance group touring Canada with their conscious Māori soulful dance n roots, spiritual beats and bass loops. Māmā Mihirangi has toured Canada many times before, and is currently doing a collaboration with ShoShona Raven of Digging Roots for the Commonwealth Games in Australia and will also be performing with A Tribe Called Red at Indigenoize in June.
Back to Iqaluit by popular demand, Beatrice Deer is a singer, seamstress and advocate for good health from the tiny Nunavik village of Quaqtaq. Beatrice has four albums under her belt, including an award winner for Best Inuit Cultural Album at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. We’re excited for her newest album’s release this spring. Beatrice’s advocacy for Inuit culture, healthy food and healthy lifestyles has made her a role model
for many Inuit, young and old. www.beatricedeerband.com
No introduction needed for Iqaluit’s own Arctic soul band featuring the deep brooding voice of Josh Qaumariaq and soulful bass of Jeff Maurice. Bring the kids for a rare family-friendly Tradeoffs show where you can dance the night away to their blues and rock and roll sounds. www.thetradeoffsmusic.com.
Folk powerhouse pair The Small Glories are Cara Luft & JD Edwards, a dynamic duo planted on the Canadian Prairies. A self-professed “study in contrasts,” Luft's folkie yin proves a perfect match for Edwards’ rocker yang. These two veteran singer/songwriters
have built a buzz around their tight harmonies, authenticity, visceral live performances and equally well-matched guitar prowess. Their 2016 debut album “Wondrous Traveler” has
been on many critic’s Top 10 lists across North America and Europe and its’ bringing this musical tour de force to stages around the world. www.thesmallglories.com
A JUNO Award winning alternative-country singer-songwriter from Toronto with 7 albums to his credit. Justin's latest release ‘East’ was recorded in Nova Scotia with producer Daniel Ledwell (Jenn Grant). Rutledge has toured Canada, the UK, the United States and Europe, and has played shows with Kathleen Edwards, Jim Cuddy, Blue Rodeo, Hawksley Workman, Luke Doucet and Dolly Parton. You won’t want to miss him!! www.justinrutledge.com
2018 Concert Series kicks off!
at Inuksuk High School
Igloolik musicians Lazarus (Mister) Qattalik & Allan Kangok will join local artists Daniel Kolola, Charlie Panipak & Mason Angnakak to perform many favourite Inuktitut tunes. Concert goers will also be treated to sets of original music by Mister & Allan.
Fundraiser for a Nunavut Performing Arts Centre -
at St. Jude's Cathedral
The world-class National Arts Centre Orchestra and music director Alexander Shelley are bringing their Canada 150 Tour north! Join Shelley, musicians from the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and some special guests for a unique, intimate concert of chamber music. Classical meets contemporary in a program including the world premiere of a work featuring throatsinger Sylvia Cloutier and Yellowknife’s Leela Gilday.
Sylvia Cloutier, originally from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik (Northern Quebec) but now living in Iqaluit, is well-known for performing Inuit throatsinging and drum dancing. She has collaborated with many artists all over the world and joined Governor General Michaëlle Jean on a state visit to Norway and Ukraine in 2009.
A passionate singer-songwriter and soulful performer, Leela Gilday has a voice that comes straight from the heart. Confessing her stories to her audiences with a gutsy voice and open stage presence, Gilday weaves her experiences as a Northerner, a member of the Dene nation and a traveller into a beautiful world that transports the listener.
A pan-territorial celebration of northern artists showcasing performers from all three territories. From the North weaves together stories, music and dance from some of the North’s most talented artists: IVA, Riit Mike, Quantum Tangle, NÀHGĄ, Sophie Villeneuve, Borealis Soul, and the Dakhká Khwáan Dancers and DASH.
ECMA winner, three-time JUNO Award nominee, Polaris long-lister and “one of the greatest singers in the world right now” (Rich Terfry, CBC Radio), Jenn Grant is a Nova Scotia-based singer-songwriter whose fifth studio album, Compostela (2014), explores psychedelic folk and melodic storytelling. Her new album, Paradise, was released on March 3rd and was the third highest selling and streamed new album in Canada this week!
2014 Polaris Prize Winner and proud Inuk, Tanya Tagaq is one of the most uncompromising success stories Canadian music has ever known. The release of her latest work Retribution has received breathless praise internationally by writers awed by Tagaq’s singular vision and prodigious vocal talents.
Celebrate Embrace Life Day with the music of Nick Sherman, an indigenous artist from Sioux Lookout describe as the voice of the wilderness. Opening artists are a lovely duo - Colleen Nakashuk & Teresa Kolola, who sing original Inuktitut songs accompanied on their ukeleles.
Adults $20, Youth (13-18) $10
Alianait's 13th annual festival will run from June 30 to July 3. A Festival Pass includes all four ticketed shows in the Nakasuk School gym, as follows:
June 30 - Tunngasuttittiniq Concert (Nomadic Massive, Kuuri Panika, Northcote & Naneruaq)
July 1 - Katijut Concert (Natashia Allakariallak & Josh Qaumariaq, Digawolf, Big Little Lions, Ranky Tanky)
July 2 - Piviarnaqtut Concert (Inger Kuitse, Joanne Ashley & Kris Mullaly, Elisapie Isaac, Kobo Town)
July 3 - Kiviuq Returns (Pakak Innuksuk, Lois Suluk, Christine Tootoo, Kuuri Panika, Vinnie Karetak, Natashia Allakariallak)
All events in our Big Top Tent and all workshops are free.
Website : joelplaskett.com
The Joel Plaskett Emergency with special guest Bill Plaskett will be headlining this special pre-Festival concert. Plaskett returns to Iqaluit after performing two sold-out shows in October, 2015.
With countless awards to his credit, thousands of tour dates, and numerous recording and producing projects under his belt, Joel Plaskett remains one of the most innovative and prolific artists on the scene today.
Whether it’s touring the world with his rock bank The Emergency, or more intimate acoustic shows, Plaskett consistently excites and inspires his audiences.