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Yellowknife kids get silly at Festival of Silliness

Yellowknife 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...

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...

Cambridge Bay’s Zoe Ohokannoak promotes the arts for youth

Zoe Ohokannoak has left an indelible mark on her hometown of Cambridge Bay. She and friend Sam Sibera spent about a month working on a mural adorning the side of the community pool in July...

Cyr and son bring their story to the stage

Gail Cyr and her son Jesse Wheeler had very different upbringings. "I can't imagine growing up the way my mother did," said Wheeler. "My life in comparison is bathed in milk and honey." While Wheeler enjoyed...

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...

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...