Scheduled Events

GNAF Opening Ceremonies Featuring The Inuvik Drummers and Dancers & The Fort Good Hope Drummers

Friday, July 12, 2013 2:00 PM

Join us for our opening ceremonies, featuring the Inuvik Drummers and Dancers and The Fort Good Hope Drummers.  Get a first look at the gallery, open for exhibition only.  Sales will begin on Saturday July 13th at 10:00am.

The Inuit who live in the western Arctic regions of Canada are known as the Inuvialuit. From early times, the Inuvialuit have used songs and chants to recount legends, stories, and traditions. Drum dancing is flourishing in the communities of Aklavik, Inuvik, Paulatuk, Tuktoyaktuk and Ulukhaktok.

Fort Good Hope Drummers

The Gasho Go’tine people live along the mighty Mackenzie River in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Since the beginning of time, these hardy Athabaskan Dene have scraped a living from this harsh and unforgivable land. The mighty Caribou has been the mainstay of their existence. The Gasho Go-tine feasted on the flesh and organs of this great animal. They fashioned tools from the hard bones, then made clothing and shelter from the durable hide. Along with the heartbeat of their nation, the skin drum. Songs as old as time reverberate through the Mackenzie Valley to this day. Descendants of this great nomadic tribe continue to sing ancient the ancient chants that was the spiritual strength of their forefathers. Don’t miss a once in a lifetime chance to witness this amazing display of Dene culture.

Jay Gilday

Saturday, July 13, 2013 1:30 PM
 A vagabond turned mailman, Jay Gilday has searched for himself in the depths of Folk, blues, traditional, rock and most recently soul music. The quest continues as Jay takes his experiences from the roads of Canada, the daily roller-coaster of work, family, and performance and weaves them into song. Jay's live performance is executed with a trained voice and a passion to drive it backed up by a heavy hitting guitar fingerstyle or flat-picked, your choice.

Jay hails from Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories and is the son of a Dene mother and an Irish Canadian father who gave him a sense of being from the original Canada, a country of only those who had spirit enough to live here and a sense of stewardship for its people and its lands."

Northern Games Demonstrations

Sunday, July 14, 2013 1:00 PM
July 14 – 19, at various times, please check daily schedule. The traditional Inuit games has evolved as a unique test of an individual’s character, physical skills and ability to survive weather and land conditions. With well over 200 Games in the Inuit/Inuvialuit culture the Northern Games Society feel it is important to provide an opportunity for the public to experience and enjoy the cultural games. The NGS members will show case the spirit, goodwill and character of the Inuit northern games. This represents the heartiness of Inuit people as a whole and to pass on the cultural importance and general knowledge.
The traditional Inuit northern games demonstration will consist of the following:

• One foot high kick
• Two foot high kick
• Alaskan high kick
• Wrist hang
• Social Laughing Games (Animal Muk, Team Animal Muk Ect.)
• Stick twist
• Skipping rope games
• Bench reach
• Musk ox wrestling
• Kneel jump
• One hand reach
• Swing kick
• Airplane
• Introductions to more Inuvialuit Traditional Games if time allows

Tanya Tagaq

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 1:30 PM
Did you know that Tanya got her start at the GNAF?  We are so happy to have her return.

What do free improvisation, Inuit throat singing, and hair-raising passion have in common? Add descriptors like mesmerizing, intimate and ‘pushing the edge’ to the mix and you begin to understand the breadth and endlessly inventive quality of Tanya Tagaq’s sonic equation.

Tanya is the first to admit that her music defies description. Alternately called primal, orchestral or free jazz, almost all of her performances are improvised and, as she confesses, “It feels like I dial in another frequency. I go to places where I surrender to all that terrifies and excites me.” The end result is a staggering array of music performance that portray in full colour sound the scope of her life experiences.

Born and raised in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut in Canada’s high arctic, Tanya grew up surrounded by Inuit and western culture. Although traditional music was always on the periphery, it was the sounds of pop giants such as Janis Joplin and the Doors that first captured her imagination. It wasn’t until her teenage years, while away at school, that she began experimenting with Inuit throat singing. She gradually developed her own solo style, fusing her contemporary interests with the ancient artform. Her first professional gig at a festival in Inuvik won the admiration of friends of the great Icelandic singer Bjork, eventually leading to an appearance on the artist’s 2004 CD, Medulla and a chance to accompany her on tour. The rest, as they say, is history.

As a solo artist, Tanya has released two critically-acclaimed albums with her band – Sinaa and Auk/Blood – both of which were nominated for Juno Awards (Best Aboriginal Recording) and (Best Instrumental Recording).

An Evening of Culture and Drumming

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 1:30 PM

Join us for an evening of cultural entertainment; not to be missed!

Inuvik Drummers & Dancers

The Inuit who live in the western Arctic regions of Canada are known as the Inuvialuit. From early times, the Inuvialuit have used songs and chants to recount legends, stories, and traditions. Drum dancing is flourishing in the communities of Aklavik, Inuvik, Paulatuk, Tuktoyaktuk and Ulukhaktok.


Throat Singers: Cynthia and Charlotte

Thursday, July 18, 2013 1:30 PM
Cynthia Pitsiulak and Charlotte Qamaniq are urban Inuit who were born and raised in Nunavut, but have made their home in Ottawa. They have 7 years of experience performing both traditional Inuit throat songs as well as more contemporary styles of throat singing. Both have performed nationally and internationally, independently as well as in collaboration with other artists, best known for their CD release in 2007 called 'Tumivut' - a music project that marries traditional Inuit throat singing with multiple styles of music. Experience a glimpse of the Northern Arctic by listening to Katajjaq - the sounds of traditional throat songs by the performance of these Inuit women.

Old Tyme Dance & Jigging Contest with James Rogers and the Delta Goodtimes Band

Friday, July 19, 2013 2:30 PM

James Rogers is a born musician. He fashioned his first guitar from a piece of snare wire nailed to a chunk of shiplap. After plucking out a Johnny Horton song, James was hooked on the sound of music. Rather than trap muskrats like his brothers, James would hide out in the shed trying to play along to an old record player. Soon, James picked up a fiddle. If you don’t know it by now, the fiddle is the king in this part of the country. A guy could get any girl he wanted if he could play “Backup and Push.” You can’t possibly waltz a two step of jig a jig without James Roger and the Delta Good Times Band .

Join us for a night of dancing and a highly anticipated Jigging contest with cash prizes! 

Arctic Fashion Show

Saturday, July 20, 2013 2:30 PM

Featuring our artists and local models wearing fashions representing every facet of Northern culture and creativity!  Northern fashion has a unique perspective:  practical, fanciful, exotic, luxurious and always chic! It is sure to be an evening of fashion and beauty. Expect some fabulous historical and contemporary collections for this year's Anniversary Celebration!  The Arctic Fashion show is an event not to be missed.

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