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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...

Celebrating women through henna

A photography exhibition that celebrates women through henna opened in Yellowknife last week. The project was supported by the NWT Arts Council and the Association franco-culturelle de Yellowknife (AFCY) and opened with a vernissage at...

Folk on the Rocks announces second wave of 2019 lineup

Folk On The Rocks Music Festival announced its second wave of artists on April 5. The 39th annual festival will be hosting performances by 'nocturnal electronic pop' performer La Force and Cuban-Canadian singer-songwriter Alex Cuba. The...

High School-apalooza comes to NACC

A variety of musical acts will hit the NACC stage this week in support of a local high school. Beaton Mackenzie, an educational assistant at Sir John Franklin High School, organized the High School-apalooza fundraising...
Louie Goose (left) glances over at David Ross (right) as they perform a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary” during the Western Arctic School of Music’s first open mic event on March 30. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Inuvik’s music school hosts first open mic event

Musicians and music lovers from all corners of Inuvik came out to the Western Arctic School of Music (WASM) on March 30 to tune into some local talent during the school’s first open mic...

Snowking 24 closes out with top brass

"You guys are excitable, eh?" Snowking Anthony Foliot said to a boisterous crowd at the final evening of the 24th Snowking Winter Festival. Foliot and a packed crowd marked an early end to the annual...

Zacharias Kunuk to receive Order of Nunavut

Acclaimed Iglulik director Zacharias Kunuk will be this year’s recipient of the Order of Nunavut, the GN announced Tuesday. Director Zacharias Kunuk has been named to the Order of Nunavut. photo courtesy of Isuma Productions Kunuk, a...

Mason Mantla wins $10,000 for new film

When a young girl hears a knock at her door, she is faced not with the seemingly innocent elder at her doorstep, but the shapeshifting Nahga – a creature similar to the Boogie Man. That...
Glen Brake, the founder of the Western Arctic School of Music located in Inuvik, is hoping to bring an old fiddle and violin program back to town. Aaron Hemens/NNSL Photo

Music school hoping to bring fiddling program back to Inuvik

The Western Arctic School of Music (WASM) is looking to bring back an old fiddle and violin program that was a fan favourite for residents in Inuvik more than 20 years ago. Glen Brake, the...

On the Dead Carpet: Film Reviews

Top Dead North films as selected by a news zombie By Brett McGarry The Unloving – A true psychological thriller from Ben McGregor, the film slowly exposes a terrible incident between a father and son on...

Photo feature: Monster Makeup

The on-screen monsters weren't the only ones at Dead North this weekend. Yellowknife-based makeup artist Veronica Speers, who recently worked on feature film Elijah and the Rock Creature, led a special effects workshop at Western...

Dead North Film Festival 2019: Zombear Award Winners

Last weekend was the 2019 Dead North film festival - the world's only circumpolar genre filmmaking festival. This year's festival saw 40 original short films produced by Northern filmmakers across the territories. Scroll down for the full list...