Two Inuit throat singers, Winnie Ittukallak and Lisa-Louise Ittukallak, will join the renowned German vocal ensemble Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart and accordionist Margit Kern to perform Gordon Williamson’s New Vocal Encounters. This intercultural meeting is the result of a close collaboration between the Canadian composer now based in Germany, the Avataq Cultural Institute and indigenous community of Puvirnituq (Nunavik), […]
Tanya Tagaq on her latest album Retribution, climate change, and music as a coping mechanism.
I once had the opportunity to watch Tanya Tagaq perform in what seemed to me the unlikeliest of situations: in the community hall of her own hometown Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, in front of an audience of German tourists sporting thick coats in the middle of August, from a cruise ship making its way through the […]
The folks at the NAC might be kicking themselves for having booked Tanya Tagaq into the small Fourth Stage instead of one of their larger rooms: the show was booked before she won the Polaris Prize, reignited the debate in Canada over the seal hunt, and changed the way many Canadians think about Inuit musical […]
One of the biggest bands out of Nunavut, The Jerry Cans, will be hitting the stage at Zaphod’s on Friday. This beloved Iqaluit-based band features a mix of genres that they describe as “Inuktitut country swing, throat singing, reggae and blues”. It might sound a bit random, but it fits in perfectly with the diverse […]