New songs from Kugluktuk to Iqaluit

Emerging artists from Kugluktuk to Iqaluit joined up with Twin Flames musical duo to create six new works in March. From left, Lazarus Qattalik, Kenny Taptuna, Gordon Kaniak, Tooma Laisa, Twin Flames’ Chelsey June, Mary Itorcheak, Twin Flames’ Jaaji, Leanna Wilson and Corey Panika.
photo courtesy Qaggiavuut

NUNAVUT – Musical artists from across the territory had the opportunity to work on new songs with the award-winning Twin Flames duo of Jaaji and Chelsey June in March.
The six emerging artists attended a songwriting workshop organized by Alianait and funded by the Department of Culture and Heritage.
The six new songs are:
– Irnikuluga by Lazarus “Mister” Qattalik of Iglulik;
– Place I Call Home by Mary Itorcheak of Iqaluit;
– Quviasugitsi by Corey Panika of Rankin Inlet;
– Anaanaga by Leanna Wilson of Iqaluit;
– I Can’t Believe You’re Gone by Gordon Kaniak of Kugluktuk; and,
– Upigivunga Pijunanirni by Tooma Laisa of Iqaluit.
The songs were professionally recorded and immortalized on video by Nuvu Studios and Qajaaq Ellsworth. As well, the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation filmed and interviewed the artists, and Qaggiavuut interviewed and recorded live performances for its Red Wall Sessions, said Alianait executive director Heather Daley.
To hear the songs, visit the Alianait website.

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Michele LeTourneau first arrived at NNSL's headquarters in Yellowknife in1998, with a BA honours in Theatre. For four years she documented the arts across the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Following a very short stint as a communications officer with the Government of the Northwest Territories, Michele spent a decade at a community-based environmental monitoring board in the mining industry, where she worked with Inuit, Chipewyan, Tlicho, Yellowknives Dene and Metis elders to help develop traditional knowledge and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit contributions for monitoring and management plans. She rejoined NNSL and moved to Iqaluit in May 2014 to write for Nunavut News. Michele has received a dozen awards for her work with NNSL.