'Most of the events were limited to trade show delegates only, but they did host a public event for the community on Wednesday night, bringing in musicians from all over Nunavut as entertainment. It seemed like every single person in Cambridge Bay came out and crammed themselves into the Community Hall. The room was so jam packed, people were sitting on the floor and standing in the doorway.
The Premier of Nunavut, Peter Taptuna
They were backed on bass by our own David Evalik, who I've had the pleasure of playing with at a previous jam session. I'm always impressed by how easily some folks here can just pick up and instrument and jump in, going with the floor without any instructions or sheet music.
teaching baby to dance
She was very sweet, and people gave her a warm reception, enjoying the songs that they were so familiar with, sung in a new language. It was neat because most people in town don't speak Inuktitut - if anything, they speak Innuinaqtun. But her songs about Inuk pride, and going outside in the cold winter and feeling alive, transcends language barriers and seemed to reach out to all of the Inuit folks in the room - especially when she did an cover of Psy's "Gangnam Style" - in Inuktitut. The whole room bounced with her as she sang "Oppa's Innu style".
everyone loves Kelly
Headlining the show was Nelson Tagoona from Rankin Inlet. Nelson describes himself as a "throat boxer". His music is a unique combination of the Inuit style of throat singing and the hip hop technique of beat boxing. Pretty clever. His performance was enthusiastic and his attitude was incredibly positive, hopefully a great example for all the children that were watching him transfixed, as though hypnotized. They could not believe the sounds coming out of the guy's throat. Nelson weaved stories from his life into his performances, stories that often became lessons about believing in yourself. He switched fluidly from electric guitar to acoustic to just beat boxing, playing with his talk box and pedals and various microphone effects with obvious ease.
Overall, it was an enjoyable night. We don't get to have live music as often as in the south, so it was great to have a chance to listen to a wide variety of music from all over Nunavut.