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NEWS: Nunavut August 29, 2016 - 6:55 am

Photo: Musical pioneer summons gusto to perform at his own tribute

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Despite being frail and weak from Parkinson's Disease, Nunavut living legend Charlie Panigoniak managed to get on stage with his old mates from the Kapurvik Band and perform before a packed audience during a concert held in his honour in Arviat Aug. 30. The show, organized by the Arviat Music Festival Society, included many local musicians covering Panigoniak's songs which, according to local reports, brought Panigoniak to tears as he sat in the audience with his wife Lorna. Peter Shamee entertained the crowd by simulating what Panigoniak used to do during performances including inviting a non-Inuk to the stage to try to copy what he was singing in Inuktitut. Panigoniak, who is in a wheelchair, closed the show by performing the song
Despite being frail and weak from Parkinson's Disease, Nunavut living legend Charlie Panigoniak managed to get on stage with his old mates from the Kapurvik Band and perform before a packed audience during a concert held in his honour in Arviat Aug. 30. The show, organized by the Arviat Music Festival Society, included many local musicians covering Panigoniak's songs which, according to local reports, brought Panigoniak to tears as he sat in the audience with his wife Lorna. Peter Shamee entertained the crowd by simulating what Panigoniak used to do during performances including inviting a non-Inuk to the stage to try to copy what he was singing in Inuktitut. Panigoniak, who is in a wheelchair, closed the show by performing the song "I am Homesick." Money raised at the concert will be donated to Panigoniak and his family. If you want to donate, contact John Main through Facebook. (PHOTO BY ERIC ANOEE)

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