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Qilaut is Nunavut’s annual Inuktut songwriting contest, and was created to celebrate Nunavut’s vibrant Inuktut music scene, and promote the use of Inuktut in daily life. This year’s theme is “Family and Friends/ (Ilannariit Piqannarillu).”
Every year, the Department of Culture and Heritage holds the Qilaut Inuktut songwriting contest, celebrating Nunavut’s vibrant Inuktut music scene while promoting the use of Inuktut in all areas of daily life.
The 2019 Qilaut edition received 26 submissions from across the territory. Songs were judged by a peer-panel on originality, creativity, melody and lyrics. The judges included Millie Hikok, Celina Kalluk, Norman Ishulutak and Sam Tutanuak.
1st Quvianarmat – Jo Ellen Etuangat
2nd 6-muaqpat – Becky Han and Tracy May
3rd Pittiaruk Uummatiit – Brenda Anderson
4th Piqatiga – Joey Nowyuk
5th Piqannarijaq – Becky Han and Tracy May
6th Ilakka – Joey Nowyuk
7th Piruqpallialluni – Daniel Taukie
8th Quviasukpunga – Angela Amarualik & Caylan Kunuk
9th Naujaat – Alpha5 (Dave Kaunak, Craig Nanordluk, Troy Alakkanuaq, Albert Amautinuar, Joshua Nanorak)
10th Inuusiq – Alpha5 (Dave Kaunak, Craig Nanordluk, Troy Alakkanuaq, Albert Amautinuar, Joshua Nanorak)
The top three winners receive $5,000, $2,500, and $1,500, respectively, and the seven runners-up receive $500 each. All 10 songs will be professionally recorded, and the CD will be released in February during the Uqausirmut Quviasuutiqarniq celebrations.
Thank you to everyone who entered the contest and congratulations to all of the winners!
Qilaut 2019 Contest Rules