Two great evenings of music and celebration start today in Iqaluit

Alianait concert 7:30 p.m.; Celebration of Seal 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


The June 2012 Celebration of the Seal event in Iqaluit. Organizers will hold the event June 21 at Sylvia Grinnell Park, between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. (FILE PHOTO)

The June 2012 Celebration of the Seal event in Iqaluit. Organizers will hold the event June 21 at Sylvia Grinnell Park, between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. (FILE PHOTO)

June 21 brings two events for people eager to celebrate National Aboriginal Day: a free Alianait festival concert 7:30 p.m. at Nakasuk Elementary School, featuring a line-up of emerging Nunavut performers and the Celebration of the Seal event at Sylvia Grinnell Park from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

That concert features emerging Inuit artists Agaaqtoq, Calvin Pameolik, MO/Counterfeit Nobles, Qatagiit and the Kingait Band.

As well, the Aboriginal People’s Television Network plans a big event for Iqaluit on Saturday June 22 (the day after National Aboriginal Day): a day-long concert at the Arctic Winter Games arena.

The show, to be broadcast live on APTN and APTN HD along with a similar concert to be held in Winnipeg, will feature some of the biggest names in Inuit and Aboriginal music.

Madeleine Allakariallak of Iqaluit will co-host the Iqaluit performances with Don Kelly, a star of the APTN series Fish Out of Water.

In Winnipeg, Derek Miller and Michelle Thrush, star of the APTN series Blackstone, will co-host the main-stage performances.

The Iqaluit concert at the AWG is free and open to people of all ages.

The Iqaluit line-up will include:

• Artcirq: an youth collective featuring theatre, music, video and circus arts with traditional and modern Inuit performance styles;

• Kathia Rock: an Innu singer-songwriter whose warm voice delivers melodies drawing upon her people’s ancestral repertoire and contemporary music;

• Leela Gilday: a passionate, soulful, singer-songwriter from Yellowknife. Her lyrics, reflective of her northern roots, embrace the essence of Dene life from an urban perspective;

• Nelson Tagoona: multi-talented musician and throat-boxer (a blend of traditional Inuit throat-singing and hip-hop beat-boxing) from Baker Lake;

• Saali: a singer-songwriter from Nunavik. His vocal range, passion for music, and gentle personality come together in a powerful performance;

• Saina: a Yakutsk singer from the Siberian region of Yakutia, who will take you on an enthralling journey back in time among the indigenous peoples of Siberia;

• Sinuupa: the stage name used by Etua Snowball of Kuujjuaq. His latest and third album Culture Shock was voted Best Rock CD by the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards; and

• Susan Aglukark: a celebrated singer-songwriter, she’s one of Nunavut’s best-known and honoured performers.

Free advance tickets are available for pickup at Northmart stores. Tickets are limited to four per person and do not guarantee admission.

Ticketholders will be asked to present their ticket at the AWG Arena on Saturday, June 22 starting at 5:00 p.m. and a wristband will be issued guaranteeing access to the celebration.

Doors to the concert will open at 7 p.m. and concert will begin promptly at 8:30 p.m. Seating is general and first-come, first-served.

Free shuttles will leave the Northmart parking lot at 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. (departing every 30 minutes). Shuttles will return to the NorthMart parking lot at the close of the celebration.

You can also come and join the free barbecue presented by the local RCMP detachment outside the AWG Arena at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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