Non-stop entertainment ahead at Aqpik Jam 2009

Event dedicated to music, fun and the aqpik kicks off Tuesday in Kuujjuaq

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Uvikkait youth dancers of Kuujjuaq are among nearly 40 performers at the 2009 Aqpik Jam. (PHOTO COURTESY OF JENNIFER MATCHETT-TASSE)


The Uvikkait youth dancers of Kuujjuaq are among nearly 40 performers at the 2009 Aqpik Jam. (PHOTO COURTESY OF JENNIFER MATCHETT-TASSE)

If you’re in Kuujjuaq this coming week, you won’t have to worry about what to do.

And if you’re not in Kuujjuaq, you’ll likely wish you were there, so you could enjoy the Aqpik Jam-— a festival dedicated to music, fun and the plentiful and delicious aqpik or cloudberry.

From Tuesday, August 11, to Friday, August 14, there’s morning-to-night entertainment planned for the community’s 2,100 residents and many visitors.

Nearly 40 groups are slated to perform during the festival.

As of August 7, organizer Sammy Koneak said he was still working out the details of exactly when the acts will perform at the Katittavik Town Hall.

Performers from Nunavik include the Kangisujuaq youth drummers, Sinupaa, Johnny, Rhoda and Lizzie, Willis and William Tagoona, Ulaayu Pirlutuut and the Univakkait youth dancers.

From Nunavut come the Nunavut cultural performers, the Gjoa Haven Band, and the Naujaat Band, and, from Greenland, there’s the Inunnguaq Petrussen band, Fali Kleist and Leo Olsen and Peter Lyberth.

Tribute bands include Kuujjuaq’s Angel Forrest, who is planning a tribute to Janis Joplin, as well as bands playing the music of Shania Twain, Pink Floyd, Hannah Montana, Jonas Bros., Demi Lovato, and U2.

Matt Easter, the lead of the U2 tribute band, Planet Vertigo, apparently looks and sounds like U2’s Bono.

“Matt is recognized as Bono on the streets, on stage, and even on Oprah Winfrey as the world famous lead singer of U2,” his web site claims.

And if you don’t find music to your taste, there’s other entertainment planned with a magician and a comedian.

The Aqpik Jam also includes nightly door prizes and a community feast at the forum on August 13.

Bingos, a golf tournament, darts competition, poker tournament, and a cake-making contest are also scheduled during the days.

The winner in the August 12 aqpik-picking contest can count on receiving $1,500, while $3,500 will go to the victor in the August 14 canoe race.

Everyone, young and old, has a chance to win something during the games on the beach, scheduled from 10 am to 3 pm on August 14.

If you’d like to be in Kuujjuaq to join in the fun, First Air and Air Inuit offer discounted fares to eager-festival goers.

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