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NEWS: Iqaluit November 16, 2012 - 10:28 am

Suzie Vinnick brings her blues-roots sound to Iqaluit

"It’s always exciting to go somewhere new and different”

SAMANTHA DAWSON
Blues singer and guitarist, Suzie Vinnick, along with her guitar, Mabel, play Saturday, Nov. 17 at Inuksuk High School, starting at 7:30 p.m. (HANDOUT PHOTO)
Blues singer and guitarist, Suzie Vinnick, along with her guitar, Mabel, play Saturday, Nov. 17 at Inuksuk High School, starting at 7:30 p.m. (HANDOUT PHOTO)

If you’re wondering what to do in Iqaluit this Saturday night, head over to a concert featuring blues singer and guitarist Suzie Vinnick at Inuksuk High School.

Vinnick will perform there at 7:30 p.m. along with her guitar, Mabel, for an Alianait concert.

Vinnick said she’s excited performing in Iqaluit, a place she’s visiting for the first time.

In addition to her Saturday show, Vinnick will also play for the women’s shelter and at a blues guitar workshop.

As for what to expect, Vinnick said she likes to “tell stories about the songs, [and have] the audience sing.”

“I’m going to put them to work a bit,” she joked.

Local favourites Koel and the Twin Otters will open the Saturday night show.

Vinnick, who lives in Toronto, but comes from Saskatoon originally, won CBC’s Saturday Night Blues 2012 Great Canadian Blues Award and the Maple Blues award for female vocalist of the year and songwriter of the year.

Vinnick’s previous two albums “Me and Mabel” and “Happy Here” each won Juno nominations.

Her style of music? It’s acoustic roots and blues, she said.

Vinnick said she’s hoping that she will get to hear some Inuktitut music while she is in Iqaluit.

“Living in Toronto for 14 years, it’s always exciting to go somewhere new and different,” she said, adding that whenever she plays in northern communities, people are appreciative and welcoming.

Tickets to the show are $22 in advance ($12 for youth 13 to 18) available at Arctic Ventures Marketplace, and $25 at the door ($15 for youth 13 to 18). 

All Alianait shows are free for elders and kids 12 and under accompanied by an adult.

On this YouTube video, you can listen to an original song by Vinnick, which inspired by a phone call she made to her brother. Upon hearing her voice, he asked ‘how’d you know I missed you?’”

This recording was made at a live concert in St. Johns, Newfoundland.

 

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