Aqpik Jam gets ready to spread its music around Kuujjuaq
Annual bash includes bands from Nunavut, Nunavik, Greenland and southern Canada
The Aqpik Jam music festival in Kuujjuaq, which starts Aug. 14, plans to “jam” as much entertainment as possible into its four-day line-up of performers from Nunavik, Nunavut, Greenland and southern Canada.
The 20-plus performers include groups like the Inuu duo Kashtin, who recently reunited, Kuujjuaq’s popular metal band Angava, who are also appearing together at the Aqpik Jam for the first time in six years, the Jerry Cans from Iqaluit and, from Greenland, the band Kimmernaq and Ole Kristiansen, one of Greenland’s best known singers and songwriters.
Groups from Nunavik include Beatrice Deer, Qalingu Napartuk, a hip hop rapper who calls himself “the young black Inuk,” Sinuupa, and throat singers Evie Mark and Akinisie Sivuarapik.
Also coming from Nunavut are Billy Kuksuk, Naujaamiut, Nelson Tagoona and Shauna Seeteenak and Igloolik’s Northern Haze.
Music for all tastes can be found at the nightly concerts which start at 7 p.m. at the Katittavik town hall: Jonas and the Massive Attraction, a Montreal rock band, is set to perform Aug. 15 along with Full Moon Fever, a Tom Petty tribute band.
And you can hear Irish tunes Aug. 17 with Liam and Rosie Callaghan, along with a Katy Perry tribute band for the younger generation.
An extra surprise act may also take the stage on closing night, said organizer Derek Tagoona, who, with Willis Tagoona and Adamie Alaku, form the Angava band.
The festival, now in its 17th year, wraps up with a fireworks show after the Aug. 17 concert.
The festival also includes daily recreational activities, such as an aqpik-picking competition and canoe races.
The Blue Print for Life hip hop group will also offer a two-day workshop for youth who will then perform Aug. 17.
There’s no charge for any of the festival events. These receive support from a variety of local businesses and organizations, which also donate impressive door prizes and awards to contest winners.
And the all the events are “family friendly.”
Evening concerts are alcohol-free and start at 7 p.m. and finish at 11 p.m. so music lovers of all ages can attend.
For more details on the Aqpik Jam program, consult its Facebook page.
And if you’re not in Kuujjuaq, but want to attend the festival, Air Inuit and First Air offer discounts for travel to Kuujjuaq.