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NEWS: Nunavut April 08, 2014 - 4:56 pm

Jerry Cans new album hopes to entertain, fundraise at Iqaluit launch

Proceeds from Nunavut group's show go to the Alberta Cancer Foundation

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The Jerry Cans' Nancy Mike, left and Andrew Morrison on stage at Iqaluit's Alainait arts festival. (FILE PHOTO)
The Jerry Cans' Nancy Mike, left and Andrew Morrison on stage at Iqaluit's Alainait arts festival. (FILE PHOTO)

Fan of the Jerry Cans can get a taste of the Iqaluit group’s new album at an upcoming show, which will double as a cancer prevention fundraiser.

The Jerry Cans, known as Pai Gaalaqautikkut in Inuktutit, will be releasing their sophomore album, called Aakuluk, April 11 at the curling rink in Iqaluit.

Aakuluk was inspired in part by the death of band member Nancy Mike’s father, Livee Kullualik, who died of cancer in 2013.

The event, which will charge concert-goers a $20 entry fee, will serve as a fundraiser for the Women in Action 2014 group, which is raising funds for the Alberta Cancer Foundation.

Six Nunavummiut women took part in the first Women in Action — Steps of Hope walk in May 2012, when they set out on a 220-kilometre trek from Bay Chimo to Cambridge Bay, promoting healthy living and raising money for cancer research along the way.

The Jerry Cans decided to help out when they learned that friend Jesse Mike is taking part in this year’s walk.

“Cancer is something that has affected us all,” Mike said in a release. “It has affected the band members very personally and so it’s important for them to contribute to the cause by giving the money made from the ticket sales and other fundraising activities during the show to our walk.”

Arviat’s Agaatoq will open the show April 11.

Tickets are on sale at Arctic Ventures this week or at the door, which opens at 8:30 pm.

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