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Qilaut songwriting contest returns for 2022

25 July 2022

Public Service Announcement

Qilaut songwriting contest returns for 2022

Are you an aspiring songwriter? Do you like writing and preforming your songs in Inuktut?

The Department of Culture and Heritage is now accepting submissions for Qilaut 2022, Nunavut's annual Inuktut songwriting contest. The year’s theme is ‘Kajjaarijara’.

Since its inception, Qilaut has continued to celebrate Nunavut’s vibrant Inuktut music scene and promote the use of Inuktut. Through this contest, Nunavummiut are contributing to the vibrancy, revitalization, and preservation of the Inuit culture and language. For seven years Qilaut has inspired singers and songwriters across Nunavut to write over 70 original Inuktut songs.

Nunavummiut are invited to submit original Inuktut songs to have the opportunity to win cash prizes – first prize, $5,000, second prize, $2,500, and third prize, $1,500 and seven prizes of $500 for runners up. Winning submissions will be recorded professionally for a compilation album that will be distributed in 2023.

To view official contest rules, requirements for applications and to learn about this year’s theme, visit To listen to previous years’ winners, visit

All submissions can be sent to The deadline to apply is October 3, 2022.


Media Contact:

Seane d’Argencourt
Communications Manager
Department of Culture and Heritage