2015 GNAF Opening Ceremonies & 2015 Gallery Reveal
Friday, July 17, 2015 8:30 PM
Come greet the 2015 Great Northern Arts Festival! Featuring addresses from dignitaries, performances by the Inuvik Drummers & Dancers, and the ceremonial drumming of the GNAF whalebone in the Gallery to open GNAF 2015.
Iva / Abe Drennan
Monday, July 20, 2015 8:30 PM
Iva and Abe Drennan are Monday's power team. Starting at 8:30pm, the soulful stylings of Abe Drennan will captivate the audience and then Iva, an eastern arctic band powered by the mesmerizing talents of Kathleen Merritt, will blow them away! This lineup is sure to be a crowd pleaser!
Abe Drennan's soul-inspired sound has been influenced growing up in the backwoods of Ontario and busking in the streets of Montreal. With a unique musical style, Abe's clean vocals and folk/rock rhythms are easy on the ear and hit the heart with lyrical power and undefined vulnerability. The recent release of his debut album, titled, "We All Have a Dream" has been a labour of love that was created with his band, ONE over an 11 year period. He had the opportunity to work with Juno award winning producer, Howard Baer and with his band who recorded the album in various kitchen and basement studios over that time.
Kathleen Ivaluarjuk Merritt and her band, known collectively as Iva, present traditional Inuit music and poetry in muse with Folk. Inspired by her ancient Inuit Culture, Kathleen creates a mesmerizing beautiful sound called throat singing. With three years of cultural performing experience, Kathleen joins with other performers and throat singers, where she does a mix of traditional sounds and modern music. She has also traveled to perform in festivals, group events, and ceremonies such as in Yellowknife, New Zealand, & France. She releases her first album, Ivaluarjuk: Ice, Lines and Sealskin in July.
Cultural Night Featuring the Siglitmiut Drummers and Dancers and The Northern Games Demo Team
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 8:30 PM
The Siglitmiut Drummers and Dancers from Tuktoyaktuk and the Northern Games Demonstration Team will lift your spirits and warm your hearts.
Siglitmiut is the name for the coastal group of the Inuvialuit, and Siglitun is their language; this dynamic young group from Tuktoyaktuk is committed to keeping the traditions of drumming and dancing thriving in their community. They meet twice weekly throughout the year to practice. Joe Nasogaluak says he and co-founder Darrel (Laga) Nasogaluak see themselves more as proud mentors or coaches than group leaders: “the kids have taken over now!”
Traditional Inuit games evolved as a unique test of an individual’s fortitude, endurance, physical skills and ability to survive weather and land conditions. With well over 200 Games in the Inuit/Inuvialuit culture, the Northern Games Society believes it is vital to provide an opportunity for the public to experience and enjoy these traditional Northern pastimes. Northern Games Society members showcase the fun-loving spirit, goodwill and character of the Inuit northern games, representing the resilience of Inuit people as a whole and passing along important cultural and general knowledge.
Leanne Goose Acoustic and Interactive
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 8:30 PM
Leanne Goose is a songstress from the north who pours her passion into her music that resonates from the heart of the MacKenzie Delta. She is a proud
Inuvialuit and Dene woman who was born and raised in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, a place she still calls home.
Country and Blues are at the core of her creative genius, but creating music wasn’t just something she was taught, it was something she was born with.
Her gift was nurtured by her father, the legendary Louie Goose whose iconic career spans 25 years. Her dad recounts memories of his daughter, singing an old Patsy Cline tune into a willow, toy guitar at her hip, to a sold out crowd of stuffed animals. It wasn't long before Leanne garnered the attention of a live audience, joining her father on stage at the age of 12.
Friday, July 24, 2015 8:30 PM
Fusing of old-world sounds and new-world flair, Greyson Gritt and Tiffany Ayalik are embracing their blended backgrounds. Combining their talents of throat singing, haunting melodies and traditional legends, Gritt and Ayalik are excited to present a circumpolar mix of flavours from across Canada and Greenland. As Ayalik charismatically embodies her stories, Gritt infuses it with a rock soul to create an experience that consumes the senses.
Arctic Fashion Show
Saturday, July 25, 2015 8:30 PM
Featuring our artists and local volunteer 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 garments, as well as ‘Art to Wear’ pieces by attending GNAF artists. The Arctic Fashion show is an event not to be missed.