'Anything that you want to do we can probably find a place for you to do that.'

Toonik Tyme wants volunteers


Another Toonik Tyme is almost ready to go in Iqaluit and organizers are putting out the call for volunteers.

"There are tons of odd jobs," said Olivia Brown, the festival's organizer. "Anything that you want to do we can probably find a place for you to do that."

Organizers are looking for people to do a litany of jobs, from taking tickets to setting up stages and tents.

Like last year, a big tent called Toonik Central, located in front of Nakasuk School, will be the hub of activities. There, visitors can get information about Toonik Tyme activities, as well as free hot drinks, and free cross-country ski rentals.

Brown said organizers are also aiming to make Toonik Central a place where visitors can browse the work of local artists and albums of photos from previous Toonik Tymes.

As for events, most of the old favourites are back: a fishing derby, elders' outdoor games, igloo-building and ice sculpture contests.

Also making a return after a year's absence is the popular uphill climb snowmobile race.

And of course, the equally loved and reviled Fear Factor competition, where contestants perform a series of amusing but disgusting stunts in a bid to win prizes.

There's also plenty of music, with a northern band night featuring local artists at the cadet hall April 17, an Elvis impersonator gyrating his hips at the Legion April 18, and Toonik Fest at the Arctic Winter Games arena April 19, featuring the Terri Lynn Eddie Band and One-Eyed Uncle.

The opening ceremonies are set for April 16 at 6 p.m. at the AWG arena. But activities get started even before April 16, with a minor hockey tournament from April 10 to 13 and the annual sugar shack at the Francophone Centre April 13 starting at 11 a.m.

The whole thing wraps up with closing ceremonies at the AWG arena April 20. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

There are lots more events. Some cost money while others are free, so consult www.tooniktyme.com or call 975-8510 for information.

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