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Leela Gilday drops new album North Star Calling

After dropping a new single earlier this year, Yellowknife Dene artist Leela Gilday released her new album North Star Calling on Sept. 9 after five years of collaborating, writing and getting back on the...

Family’s talents on display at Gjoa Haven fashion show

A mother and daughter were among the big winners at the Umiyaqtutt Festival fashion show on Sept. 1. Zuri Apiana models the winning outfit in the traditional clothing category at the Umiyaqtutt Festival Fashion Show....

Kunuk’s latest project to screen at Toronto International Film Festival

Acclaimed director Zacharias Kunuk’s latest project, One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk, will be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on Sept. 13, Isuma Distribution International announced Tuesday. One Day in the Life...

Riit’s debut album to be released in October

New music is on the way from Pangnirtung songstress Riit. Riit’s debut full-length album is due out on Oct. 25. photo courtesy of Six Shooter Records Her debut full-length album, ataataga, which will feature eight tracks,...

Canada Council to arts community: ‘Please apply’ for funding

Simon Brault envisions greater growth in the Northwest Territories arts sector, but he is calling on Northern artists to apply for available funding. The director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts was...
Tuktoyaktuk’s very own Henson Nasogaluak performs during the opening night of the 2019 Land of the Pingos music festival on Aug. 9. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Tuktoyaktuk hosts seventh annual Land of the Pingos music festival

The hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk hosted their seventh annual Land of the Pingos music festival from Aug. 9 to 11, which saw several local and regional artists come out and perform old time tunes at...

Hailing Sanaugavut: art from Kinngait

Sanagavut: Art from Kinngait is a master’s thesis paper and exhibition by me, Nakasuk Alariaq, an Inuk-Finnish graduate student at Western University in London, Ont. Nakasuk Alariaq, of Cape Dorset, is a graduate student at...

Inuit miniature carvings on display in Winnipeg

Some of the tiniest examples of Inuit carvings are a big attraction at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. The exhibit Small Worlds: Inuit Miniature Carving opened during the July 20-21 weekend. Inuk artist Ulilak shaped this Man...
The 2019 GNAF Arctic Fashion Show coordinator, Erica Lugt, left, poses with assistant coordinator Lesley Villeneuve following the event on July 20. It was the first time that the two had ever coordinated a fashion show. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Festival fashion show a success for first-time coordinators

After visiting the very first Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto showcase in 2018, local artist Erica Lugt said that the experience ignited her curiosity in coordinating her own fashion show. “I saw an opportunity. I find...

Isuma’s new film Restless River to be released this fall

Madeline Ivalu and Marie-Hélène Cousineau have combined their writing and directing talents on a new feature film to be released in theatres this fall. image courtesy of Arnait Video Productions and Isuma Distribution International Restless River...

Music festival to debut in Cambridge Bay in August

Melodic voices, drums, guitars and dancing will make for a lively three days in Cambridge Bay Aug. 2-4. The Ovayok Broadcasting Society is organizing the inaugural Mosquito Music Festival to keep people entertained that long...
Mary Ann Villeneuve, the executive director for the Great Northern Arts Festival, poses with this year’s promotional poster. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Gearing up for the Great Northern Arts Festival

A total of 40 new and returning artists from around the nation will be featured in the 31st annual Great Northern Arts Festival (GNAF) that is scheduled to take place from July 12 to...

NEWS BRIEF: NWT photo festival calling for submissions

NWT The first ever Far North Photography Festival is putting a call out for submissions from across the NWT, Nunavut and the Yukon. According to their website the festival "...discusses our industry from a uniquely Northern...

Nunavut art showcased in Toronto, New York

The work of Nunavummiut artists, primarily from Cape Dorset, will be in the spotlight in two upcoming exhibitions to be held in Toronto and New York. This is an untitled 1994-95 graphite, coloured pencil and...
An observer wears a “Native Pride” hat during the revealing of the “Antennas as Canvas” art project at the Inuvik Satellite Station Facility during National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations on June 21. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Satellite art project celebrates Inuvik’s artistic talent and cultural diversity

The final result of a public art project that displays Inuvik’s diverse set of traditions and cultures across five satellite receivers was revealed to community members during National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations on June...

Former museum director carries Northern ethics in heritage field

Robert Janes has developed a distinguished career in museum studies and the heritage field within Canada, but the approach to his work and the ethics he carries to this day are very much rooted...
Yellowknifer Book reviewer Grace Guy

BOOK REVIEW: Our Deathbeds Will Be Thirsty celebrates life in the details

“I’m tired of living in a world that says people only come together when faced with catastrophe.” Shane Koyczan’s collection of poetry Our Deathbeds Will Be Thirsty is a celebration of love transcending personal differences. Shane...

History on display

Want to see some of the NWT’s oldest, most meaningful objects? All one needs to do is ask. “People think these things are in a bank vault,” said Sarah Carr-Locke, director at the Prince of...

Columnist pens memoir

Antoine Mountain hopes his story will help Canadians, as well as an international audience, wrap their heads around what happened to Indigenous peoples in this country. Mountain's memoir, From Bear Rock Mountain: The Life and...

Zacharias Kunuk invested to the Order of Nunavut

Filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk has received the territory’s highest honour for his creative vision, which has taken Nunavut Inuit to an international audience. Nunavut’s Commissioner Nellie Taptaqut Kusugak, in her capacity of Chancellor of the Order...

Original play hits the boards in Iqaluit

The weekend sees Iqaluit Community Theatre present an original play at Inuksuk High School’s Tisi stage. Matthew Illaszewicz wrote and directed Paradise in Purgatory, a two-hander featuring Azreer Gill as Gerald Jesup and Murielle Jassinthe...

Norm Glowach dives into family history for new show

Lifetime Yellowknifer and musician Norm Glowach will take the NACC stage as a new character named Johnny Cole on Saturday evening. Through a multimedia performance and music, Johnny Cole – Meet Me at the Rex...

The Honky Tonk Psychiatrist comes to NACC

Yellowknife musician ‘Baby’ Brian Weadick will hit the NACC stage with a fresh set of twangy tunes on Friday night. Weadick, along with a five-piece band, will be playing some of the singer-songwriter’s well-known and...

Angela Amarualik earns Indigenous Music Award

A couple of rising stars on the Nunavut music scene received even wider acclaim at the 2019 Indigenous Music Awards in Winnipeg on Friday evening. Iglulik’s Angela Amarualik released a self-titled album in November. Photo...

Grollier Hall documentary in the works

Celebrated Dene filmmaker Raymond Yakeleya is raising money to shoot a documentary on Inuvik’s Grollier Hall residential school. A book on the residential school is also being written by former student Harold Cook, who suffered...

New music festival coming to Yellowknife

  Yellowknife's newest festival is set to kick off next month. The inaugural Longshadow New Music Festival will run from June 14 to 16, organized by local musician Carmen Braden. The festival will celebrate contemporary music from...
Chris Church, an actor from Inuvik, said that the small role that he had in the 2018 film, The Grizzlies, was an unforgettable experience. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Minor movie role has major impact on Inuvik actor

Although he didn’t have a major role in the film, Inuvik actor Chris Church said just being involved in The Grizzlies was a life-changing experience. Based on a true story, The Grizzlies is Canadian sports...
Keith Verbonac, a grade 12 student at East Three Secondary School, participated in his final play, where he played the part of the sheriff of Nottingham in the theatre program’s production of Robin Hood. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Two Inuvik students say goodbye to theatre program

As the cast and crew of East Three Theatre's production of Robin Hood took their final curtain call on April 27, two of the program's most experienced actors stood before the crowd for the...

Museum a national award winner

Last week the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC) won an award from the Canadian Museums Association (CMA) for outstanding achievement in an exhibition. The winning exhibit, We Took Care of Them: Special Constables...

Bart Hanna’s Sedna unveiled at Parliament Hill

Iglulik artist Bart Hanna Kappianaq, creator of a new Sedna sculpture for the 20th anniversary of Nunavut’s status as a territory, received all the protocol Ottawa has to offer April 8. Iglulik artist Bart Hanna...