Alianait announces its 10th anniversary line-up
Festival theme is Quviasugitsi Tamaani Nunattinni — from Arviat songwriter Paul Irksuk Sr.
Inuit storytelling, swing dance and Arctic soul — those are just some of the musical styles Nunavummiut can look forward to during the 2014 edition of the Alianait Arts Festival.
This year’s festival marks Alianait’s 10 anniversary, which will run in Iqaluit between June 27 and July 1.
“The theme for our 10th year is Quviasugitsi Tamaani Nunattinni, the song title to one of Nunavut’s most popular songs, written by Arviat’s Paul Irksuk Sr.,” said Franco Buscemi, the chair of Alianait’s board of directors.
“We are thrilled that Paul and his band will be joining us, along with an outstanding line-up of talent for our audience to discover and enjoy.”
Irksuk will be joined by a number of other Inuit performers, announced March 24, from Igloolik rockers Northern Haze and Kikkukia, Montreal-based Jaaji Uppik, the Trade-Offs, led by Iqaluit’s Joshua Qaumariaq.
Iqaluit’s blues band Canvas will also play Alianait for the first time.
Rankin Inlet’s Michael Kusugak will bring Inuit storytelling and strong games to this year’s festival, while children’s entertainer Fred Penner will perform his well-known folk songs.
This year’s festival draws on talents from across Canada’s west, with Yukon’s swing folk duo Fawn Fritzen & Grant Simpson, folk singer Nathan Rogers and country-blues-funk band The Crooked Brothers, Alberta singer-songwriter Billie Zizi and British Columbia’s orchestral pop group Wintermitts.
Farther east, Toronto fiddler Trent Freeman and Halifax folk artist Greg Simm fill out the Canadian offerings.
From the world stage, Alianait organizers will welcome back past performers Pacific Curls from New Zealand, along with Namgar, a Mongolian/Chinese collaboration from Moscow.
This year’s Alianait will also feature a multidisciplinary performance between Igloolik’s Artcirq and Nunavut’s publishing house Inhabit Media.
The very first Alianait arts festival was held in 2005 when a group of Iqaluit organizations, including the Iqaluit music society, the Association des francophones du Nunavut, the Qaggiq Theatre Company and the city of Iqaluit - collaborated to host a number of arts performances.
By 2006, Alianait put on a 10-day festival featuring 45 performers and 30 visual artists.
The festival has continued to grow ever since, now opting to condense festivities into the Canada Day long weekend.
Visit http://www.alianait.ca for more details.