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
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
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.