Kuujjuaq gears up for Aqpik Jam

Busy week of activities also includes sports, games, dancing and community activities

Tumiit Media’s Samuel Lagacé sets up the livestream cameras Monday, one day before Aqpik Jam opens for its four-day run in Kuujjuaq. (Photo by Cedric Gallant)

By Cedric Gallant - Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Kuujjuaq is buzzing this week as Aqpik Jam returns with headliners that include singers Elisapie and Juurini and the band Arctistic.

All performances will be held at Kuujjuaq’s Forum starting Tuesday evening with entertainers Janice Parsons, Sandy Emudluk and the Youth Group kicking things off.

The Kuujjuaq Sivulirtisait Youth Committee is hosting an array of activities this week and everyone under the age of 18 will have the opportunity to enjoy a number of sports.

A baseball game behind the Auberge Kuujjuaq Inn on Monday kicked off the sports events. Beach volleyball is set for Wednesday at the main beach starting at 1:30 p.m., and Thursday brings soccer and floor hockey at 12 p.m. at the baseball diamond.

On Tuesday’s opening day at Aqpik Jam the whole town can enjoy a barbecue and car wash at 12 p.m. at the NV parking lot. The youth committee is opening a canteen at the Forum’s kitchen as well.

Kuujjuaq Pinguatitsijingiit, the community’s recreation organization, is also setting up activities that will run through the week.

There will be a lunch-hour bingo each day. A canoe paddle race from the marina to the beach is scheduled for Tuesday at 10 a.m. followed by a Yahtzee tournament at the arena.

Wednesday at 1 p.m. there will be an Aqpik berry picking contest and a men’s golf tournament. On Thursday, a poker tournament is scheduled starting at 12 p.m. and Friday afternoon is giant bingo.

For anyone interested in learning tap dancing, Celtic pop singers Colleen and Erin Searson will be offering tap dancing lessons every day 1:30 p.m. at the NV Theatre.

To learn more about how music is recorded, the mobile production studio N’we Jinan is in town to offer youth the opportunity to collaborate with a music producer and videographer.

With their help, teens and youths can create a music video.

All four days of Aqpik Jam will be livestreamed on Facebook.

The festival’s technical director, Liam Callaghan, said that since the Forum has access to Starlink internet it is now possible to livestream the event reliably.

Aqpik Jam runs Tuesday to Friday. Daily schedules are going to be posted on the Aqpik Jam Facebook page every day.

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(8) Comments:

  1. Posted by SC on

    The more memorable “Jam” I recall was held more than a few years ago in a large circus style tent set up for the show, that was when the regular venue was under construction (or something).

    • Posted by Kuujjuaq on

      I used to go to those shows , it was a nice atmosphere, i don t bother anymore , too many drunks and kids run amok .

      • Posted by Ida on

        THEY need to consider having the show run and have in a nearby venue but not too near, a children’s oriented show/activities/games. It would be better (to keep the beer chuggers from the kids).

      • Posted by Drunken week of injury and death on

        Good profit week for landholding and coop. Kids watch as adults gambling. Drunkenness again as the new traditional of toilet papers on the roads from women at frequent pee stops, men fighting it out to the end.

  2. Posted by Confused on

    Hello, Im confused why Elisapie Isaac wasnt on live through Aqpik Jam Festival on Facebook? Not everyone can go out and not anyone can go to Kuujjuaq to see Festival, is it something like private festival? We want to feel her amazing voice and her tracks

    • Posted by Stephen C. on

      Yeah, Why was that show not streamed live? Big $ is spent on the Aqpik Jam and with today’s technology there is no excuse for it not to be shown online.

      • Posted by Copyrights on

        There is such a thing as copyright issues with the famous.

      • Posted by Couch Potato on

        Yea , my need are not being met .


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