Eastern Arctic gets its groove on with summer music festivals

Events in Nunavut and Nunavik keep the summer going

Salluit Band closed out the 20th annual Aqpik Jam in 2014. This year’s festival runs from Aug. 12 to Aug. 15. (Photo by Isabelle Dubois)

By Elaine Anselmi

Music festivals are kicking off across the North and both Nunavut and Nunavik have great shows in store.

Nunavik’s largest community also has the region’s biggest festival. Aqpik Jam starts today, on Aug. 12, and runs until Aug. 15, with nightly shows at Katittavik Town Hall and Cultural Centre.

The lineup includes some local favourites, as well as big names from out of town.

East coaster Alan Doyle, of Great Big Sea, will get the crowd on their feet, and Josh Q and the Tradeoffs will be in from Iqaluit, bringing their brand of blues.

As well as evenings of music, Kuujjuaq Pinguatitsijiit will be hosting day-time events throughout the week, including bingo and the annual aqpik-picking contest—the festival is held to coincide with the sweet-but-tart berry’s season after all.

And the recreation organization will get people moving with marathon, biathlon and canoe races for different age groups throughout the festival.

Pang Fest was held this past weekend in Pangnirtung.

The lineup included longtime Nunavut rockers Northern Haze, along with Hyper T, Simionie Keenainak, the Up-Town Church Youth Band and many more.

The Blues Berries play the first-ever Mosquito Music Festival in Cambridge Bay. (Photo courtesy Ovayok Broadcasting Society)

Over the recent long weekend, Cambridge Bay hosted its first Mosquito Music Festival, put on by the Ovayok Broadcasting Society and running over three days at the ball diamond. Local talent was on display, including throat singers and drum dancers.

The festival was closed out by Yellowknife’s favourite houseband, Welder’s Daughter, rocking the high school gym and wrapping up what’s sure to become a summer tradition.

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  1. Posted by Croaking Buzzard on

    I’m singin’ in the rain…&^% I’m singin’ in the snowfall… come on musicians of the north you’ve talent the world has not heard yet…I’ve hummed songs back in the 70′ & 80’s that I had in my head but never played them with my band and then the 2000’s came and some bands from around the world made the music charts to # 1, # 2…etc. with the exact songs I hummed many years ago all the while they we never met. I have 2 number 1 hits in the world that another band thought they made while I had already …go ahead, make my day.

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