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NEWS: Iqaluit June 28, 2016 - 2:00 pm

Photo: Rended, limb from limb, at Alianait

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Iqaluit's Alianait Arts Festival kicked off the long weekend in style June 30, with rousing performances by artists from across Canada and the world that had many Iqalungmiut dancing in the aisles of the Nakasuk School gym including that night's closer, Edmonton's alt-rockers REND, above. Mongolian band Sedaa delivered a powerful opening set with music from the steppes of the Far East. The Eastern Belles, a trio from Prince Edward Island, followed Sedaa's spectacle with some wholesome folk-country and east coast hospitality. But the audience reserved their warmest welcome for renowned accordion player Simeonie Keenainak and his grandson Ben Qaqqasiq. The audience crowded the stage to dance along to the Nunavut favourites, who were joined onstage by the Daniel Kolola Band. This year's Alianait Arts Festival wrapped up July 3. For more photos, visit our Facebook page. (PHOTO BY STEVE DUCHARME)
Iqaluit's Alianait Arts Festival kicked off the long weekend in style June 30, with rousing performances by artists from across Canada and the world that had many Iqalungmiut dancing in the aisles of the Nakasuk School gym including that night's closer, Edmonton's alt-rockers REND, above. Mongolian band Sedaa delivered a powerful opening set with music from the steppes of the Far East. The Eastern Belles, a trio from Prince Edward Island, followed Sedaa's spectacle with some wholesome folk-country and east coast hospitality. But the audience reserved their warmest welcome for renowned accordion player Simeonie Keenainak and his grandson Ben Qaqqasiq. The audience crowded the stage to dance along to the Nunavut favourites, who were joined onstage by the Daniel Kolola Band. This year's Alianait Arts Festival wrapped up July 3. For more photos, visit our Facebook page. (PHOTO BY STEVE DUCHARME)

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