Amazing Alianait

alianaitThe Alianait Arts Festival once again proves Iqaluit is anything but remote from the centre of the arts world, showcasing an incredible line-up of performers in this, its 9th year.

Among the artists featured are Greenland folk legends Rasmus Lyberth and Nive Nielsen & the Deer Children, Australian world indigenous performer Tjupurru, British Columbia’s hip-hop icon Kinnie Starr and the “quintessential Maritime musician”, Cape Breton’s JP Cormier.

The festival will also feature two encore performances from Circumpolar Landscape, a remarkable collaboration among Leela Gilday from the Northwest Territories, Sylvia Cloutier from Nunavut via Nunavik, Nive Nielson from Greenland and Diyet from Yukon. The quartet was featured at the Arctic Winter Games in Whitehorse, has toured Greenland and opened the National Arts Centre’s Northern Scene Festival.

Adventure Canada travellers will be delighted with this year’s theme: Enchanted Owl in celebration of the late Kenojuak Ashevak, who will be dearly missed by her many admirers around the world, including those who enjoyed her company and her talent on our Arctic trips.

Visit Alianait Arts Festival with Adventure Canada, June 27, 2013 – July 4, 2013.

Ice music charms Iqaluit

How do you keep spirits high in Iqaluit in the depths of winter?

Holding a concert using instruments made of ice is one way to drive the doldrums away.

Thanks to an outpouring of community support, Norwegian artist Terje Isungset and his group were able to create, then play instruments made entirely of local ice for Iqaluit’s Alianait concert series this past week.

The concert was a big hit (see video, above). But it wasn’t without a few anxious moments.

Here’s a video taken after a blizzard nearly destroyed all the work that went into making the instruments before they’d been played.

The Alianait concert series continues into the springtime.

Join us this summer for the 9th annual Alianait Arts Festival. June 27, 2013 – July 4, 2013