Scheduled Events

2014 GNAF Opening Ceremonies & 2014 Gallery Reveal

Friday, July 11, 2014 8:30 PM

Come greet the 2014 Great Northern Arts Festival!  Featuring addresses from dignitaries, performances by the Inuvik Drummers & Dancers and the Fort Good Hope Drummers, and the ceremonial drumming of the GNAF whalebone in the Gallery to open GNAF 2014.

Saturday Drum Night

Saturday, July 12, 2014 8:30 PM

The Siglitmiut Drummers and Dancers from Tuktoyaktuk and the Fort Good Hope Drummers 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!”

Beaufort Delta Blue

Monday, July 14, 2014 8:30 PM

Inuvik's own Raven Street Combo and Back Up and Push will chase away the Monday blues with some great music and easy-going good times.  Come out and appreciate two local performing groups who just love to entertain audiences and play the music that moves their souls.

Northern Games Demonstrations

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 8:30 PM
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. NGS 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 cutural and general knowledge.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014 8:30 PM
nspired by their ancient Inuit Culture, Kathleen Merritt and Marie Belleau share one breath to create a mesmerizing beautiful sound called throatsinging.  With three years of cultural performing experience behind them, Kulavak is a throatsinging sensation with a mix of traditional sounds and modern music.   Kathleen and Marie have been honored to share their culture and throat-singing with others around Canada, at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and overseas, including Belgium, France, New Zealand, Mexico, and India.  “Whether on stage, or just walking down the street together, we never pass up the opportunity to share our passion of throat singing!”

Nelson Tagoona

Thursday, July 17, 2014 8:30 PM
Nelson Tagoona is an independent musician with a passionate drive to inspire youth, and also the young at heart, to find their voice and confidence. Growing up in the small and isolated community of Baker Lake, Nunavut, Tagoona has been skillfully incorporating guitar solos with vocal percussion since the age of fifteen; more recently, he has begun improvising with traditional throat singing and beat boxing, developing a technique he has termed “throat boxing”.  His unique performances have earned recognition throughout Canada including being awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and named one of the “Top 10 Canadian Artists under 20” by CBC Music in 2013. ”From being a lonely small town kid to being a role model across the Territory and now performing and teaching workshops across Canada is something that I worked on and is something that I had dedicated my life to a couple years back. It is a devoted art and it takes a lot of heart to achieve what I have. I have dedicated my life to my art and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.“

Arctic Fashion Show

Friday, July 18, 2014 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.

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

Saturday, July 19, 2014 8:30 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. You can’t possibly waltz a two step or jig a jig without James Roger and the Delta GoodTimes Band.

Featuring a Jigging Contest and some very special guests, GNAF 2014's Old Tyme Dance will be held in Jim Koe Park if weather permits.

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