Elisapie Isaac tours Canada this summer

Nunavik’s trilingual star takes her songs across the country

By JANE GEORGE

Singer Elisapie Isaac is busier than ever this summer, with a string of high-profile performances across Canada, as well as a new music video. (FILE PHOTO)


Singer Elisapie Isaac is busier than ever this summer, with a string of high-profile performances across Canada, as well as a new music video. (FILE PHOTO)

If you want to see Nunavik singer Elisapie Isaac perform this summer, be prepared to travel.

Isaac, who performed July 3 at the Montreal Jazz Festival, is crisscrossing Canada this summer.

First, she’ll be on stage at 9:30 pm on July 14 at Place d’Youville in Quebec City’s old town as part of Quebec City’s summer festival.

Then, this weekend, she travels across Canada to perform at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival.

Afterwards, Isaac joins up with the Lilith Fair, a concert tour and traveling music festival, founded by Canadian musician Sarah McLachlan, Nettwerk Music Group’s Dan Fraser and Terry McBride, and New York talent agent Marty Diamond, which took place during the summers of 1997 to 1999.

Lilith consists solely of female solo artists and female-led bands. In its three years, Lilith Fair raised over $10M for women’s charities throughout North America.

Isaac will perform with the Lilith Fair at Montreal’s Bell Center on July 29.

Then she heads off on a solo tour of Quebec.

If you can’t keep up with Isaac’s travels and still want to see her perform, she has a new music video of her song, “Moi Elsie” posted at http://bit.ly/9OmrsR.

“Moi Elsie,” written by Quebec singer Richard Desjardins, with music by Pierre Lapointe, tells the poignant story of Elsie, an Inuk woman involved with a transient Qallunaaq worker.

“Your contract is over,
You’ll catch a plane at the end of the month,
Listen to me, I’ll be brief,
You’ll leave a hole here- and not just for me…

Remember this name, Elsie,
Like the wind off the tundra,
And if someday you give your heart
I’d like so much for it to come to me…”

You can find the complete lyrics in French at: http://pisiit.blogspot.com/2009/10/elisapie-isaac-moi-elsie.html

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