Arts

NNSL Arts and Entertainment Stories

Delta musicians take to live streaming to beat the COVID-19 blues

Residents of the Beaufort Delta are turning to music to help beat the COVID-19 blues, with a youth concert to be broadcast this Sunday, April 5 at 11 a.m. Part of a larger movement of...

Qaggiavuut provides emergency relief to Nunavut’s artists

Qaggiavuut, an organization that promotes the performing arts in Nunavut, has provided financial assistance to 17 artists and is inviting others to apply for emergency relief, if needed during the COVID-19 crisis. Some performers are...

Kenojuak print commands 10 times the estimated value at auction

A 1986 lithograph print by the late Kenojuak Ashevak of Cape Dorset recently defied the odds by fetching 10 times more than what appraisers figured it was worth on the open market. A couple of...

Federal government pledges $562,000 for Chief Jim Koe Park upgrades

Summer plans for a makeover of Chief Jim Koe Park got a final boost in a $562,666 cash injection from the federal government, announced by NWT MP Michael McLeod March 2 at the Midnight...

Nakimayuq premiers at Dead North

Sarah Jancke and Ipeelie Ootoova of Cambridge Bay, in collaboration with the Dead North Film Festival, have produced a horror film called Nakimayuq. The film is about two young huntsmen who venture out on...

Johnny Reid gains more fans in Cambridge Bay

Performer Johnny Reid left a lasting impression and captured some hearts during his concerts in Cambridge Bay on Feb. 9 and 10. He also offered to act as an ambassador for Cambridge Bay, raising the...

Performing arts centre would support 408 jobs, infuse tens of millions of dollars into...

A feasibility study commissioned by Nunavut arts group Qaggiavuut shows that a proposed performing arts centre in Iqaluit would support 408 full-time jobs and inject an estimated $41 million into Nunavut's economy over its...

‘A good colour slap in the face’: local artist preps show

When Landon Peters unveils his art show at Visual Effects next Thursday evening, it’ll smack of colour. “With this show focusing on the skies, I think people will be really delighted by the images. A...

Letting go at Festival of Silliness

Children and their families escaped the chilly and got silly on Saturday at the Children's Festival of Silliness held in the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre (NACC). The first main event was the play Th'owxiya:...

Threads of Living Memory exhibit features Inuit crafts

The Glenbow art and history museum in Calgary will put Inuit textile crafts on display in an exhibit called Dynamic Connections: Threads of Living Memory. The thrust of the exhibit, which opens Feb. 22 and...

The Jerry Cans’ new album Echoes due out in May; listen to clip from...

The Jerry Can have announced their fourth album, titled Echoes, will be released on May 15. Atauttikkut, the first track from Echoes, comes out on Friday. A preview is available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3WBcSNQlIU   The new album, produced...

From Afghanistan to Inuvik, Red Snow wows audiences across cultures

Inuvik's Sunrise festival was many different things for many different people, but for Mozhdah Jamalzadah one thing stood out among all else. "This is one of the rare communities in the entire world that's matriarchal....

Dead North Film Festival doubles down as film school for year 8

Eight years, and some 230 blood-soaked short horror movies later, Dead North Film Festival is a “film factory.” That’s how Jay Bulckaert describes the festival as it aims to expand its educational opportunities and expand...

VIDEO: Theland Kicknowsway’s L.E.D. Hoop Dance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgF1mF-oznk Theland Kicknowsway performs his signature L.E.D. Hoop Dance at the Inuvik Sunrise Festival Jan. 3.

Tuktoyaktuk teens taking documentary to next level

They may have already traveled over 14,000 kilometres already, but for a team of four Tuktoyaktuk documentarians the journey is just beginning. Nathan Kuptana, Carmen Kuptana and Eriel Lugt showed the first part of their...

Coping with grief, Kelly Fraser’s family releases statement

The family of Inuk recording star Kelly Amaujaq Fraser released a statement Monday revealing that Kelly died by suicide on Dec. 24 in Winnipeg. The late Kelly Fraser struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder, according to...

RCMP hand out Christmas cards made by East Three Elementary students

You're never too young to learn about road safety. Students of East Three Elementary School showed that in volumes, producing hundreds of personalized Christmas cards for drivers who passed through the RCMP's Candy Cane check...

PHOTO STORY: Christmas Coffeehouse brings out the cheer

East Three School hosted the annual Christmas Coffeehouse Dec. 18, an open stage for the community to showcase their talents, both festive and otherwise. From choral chants to cello recitals, there was something for everyone....

St. Patrick goes ‘Into the Woods’ this weekend

Into the Woods, a musical production that intertwines popular fairy tales into one performance hits the stage this weekend starting Thursday night. The roughly 30-member cast and 10-member crew from St. Patrick School were preparing...

Kitikmeot Chamber of Commerce calendar to benefit regional artists

The work of Kitikmeot artists will be showcased in a 2020 calendar being produced by the Kitikmeot Chamber of Commerce, and proceeds from calendar sales will aid artists in the region. A mock-up of the...

Zacharias Kunuk film named among Canada’s top 10 for 2019

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has selected One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk as one of Canada’s 10 best for 2019. Apayata Kotierk as Noah Piugattuk, left, and Kim Bodnia as Boss...

There’s more to art than money, says Bart Hanna

As debate rages over the role of artwork in enriching the lives of Inuit, spurred by a New York Times article, Iglulik carver Bart Hanna says creating art means more than a pay cheque. “It’s...

Tonight: holiday excitement stirring as Nutcracker opens for 11th year

Over the past decade, Bella Dance Academy's production of The Nutcracker has become a fixture on the Christmas musical scene in Yellowknife. The popular Russian ballet, featuring Tchaikovsky's popular music, will open Friday night for...

Scrooge musical ready to hit NACC stage next week

The finals days to showtime are quickly approaching for the cast of Scrooge as actors young and old were spotted putting finishing touches on dress rehearsals this week. The musical rendition, based on the 1970...

Cupcakes, crochet, crafts and Christmas

If there was any sign this weekend that Yellowknifers are ready for Christmas, it could be found at the NJ Macpherson Christmas Craft Show at the school gymnasium Saturday. Crowds poured into the first of...

Arts Centre helps maintain community in Ulukhaktok

As cruise ships make their way through the Northwest Passage, they often stop in Ulukhaktok, where a local art store helps provide revenue streams for the community. Dealing in goods such as muskox qiviut headbands...

Juno-nominated choir to perform at NACC

A Juno-nominated choir will perform Oct. 12 at the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre, showcasing local talent and the world premiere of Where Waters Meet —the latest piece from Yellowknife's Carmen Braden. Braden, who was...

Kunuk’s latest effort earns ‘Best Canadian Film’ in Vancouver

Director Zacharias Kunuk hasn’t lost his touch. One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk, Kunuk’s new picture, was awarded “Best Canadian Film” at the 2019 Vancouver International Film Festival this weekend. One Day in the...

Yellowknife’s Carmen Braden named top composer in Western Canada

When Carmen Braden's name was called from the shortlist of five nominees at the 2019 Western Canadian Music Awards in Whitehorse on Oct. 3, she was so surprised that she didn't know how to...

To create Iglu Sessions, it takes a village

When singer-songwriter Abe Drennan released his album Iglu Sessions in August, it was an overdue end to an unexpected journey. The local teacher started writing four years ago, believing it would be a six-month stint...