A creative musical collaboration featuring 4 Aboriginal singer/songwriters:

    * Leela Gilday, Dene artist from the NWT
    * Diyet, Southern Tutchone artist from Yukon
    * Nive Nielson, Inuk artist from Greenland
    * Sylvia Cloutier, Inuit throat singer and drummer from Nunavut

In July 2011, the show premiered as part of the Adäka Cultural Festival and I am pleased to have been invited to produce an expanded version to kick off the AWG Galas.  The concert will feature 4 Northern Aboriginal Women Singer/Songwriters:  our own Diyet fresh from a stellar performance at Frostbite,  award winning Leela Gilday from the NWT, Greenland's cultural ambassador Nive Nielsen and joining the group this time around is Nunavut's Sylvia Cloutier. 

The collaboration will be backed by a 4 piece band that includes multi-instrumentalist Jan de Vroede, Jordy Walker on guitar, Micah Smith on bass, and drummer Elliot Polsky.

A few words from co-artistic producer, Leela Gilday:

A Circumpolar Soundscape is a project where we captured the essence of what it means to us to be an aboriginal woman artist in the north, whatever north that is. The show is a combination of a few of our own original songs and some musical collaborations that we began to write in the summer of 2011.  What you will see has grown to include a new participant, Sylvia Cloutier, from Nunavut.  We will be writing new songs in collaboration with Sylvia, who is an accomplished throat singer and drummer/dancer.  We now represent four major circumpolar regions including the Yukon, the NWT, Nunavut, and Greenland. It was amazing how many commonalities we discovered about ourselves and our artistic practice, and the results are some terrific new pieces, and a special bond we now share.

You will hear songs about the love of the north, and how those places shapes us; about lost love and strange love and hilarious love; about sisters strength and loss, holding on to hope; and about residential school and resilience… all in Greenlandic, Southern Tutchone, North Slavey, and now Inuktitut, as well as English, and of course the common language - music.


Excerpts of the summer 2011 show held at the Yukon Arts Centre: