Arts

NNSL Arts and Entertainment Stories

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...