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Northern Scene – Celebrating Artists

01 May 2013 

IQALUIT, Nunavut (May 1, 2013) – Nunavut artists and musicians are in the international spotlight at Northern Scene in Ottawa and Gatineau.

“Our government is extremely pleased that so many of our Nunavummiut artists – emerging and established – are able to showcase their talents at this multi-disciplinary arts festival where a total of 250 northern artists will take part in 50 events,” said Premier Eva Aariak.

Nelson Tagoona, Sylvia Cloutier, Tanya Tagaq, Artcirq and Mathew Nuqingaq are some of the Nunavummiut entertaining and enlightening the audiences.

The Government of Nunavut is proud to be contributing a sum of $200,000 to Northern Scene, the sixth gathering in a series of biennial national festivals produced by the National Arts Centre. The festival is presented from April 25 to May 4 in Ottawa and Gatineau.

Northern Scene, the largest gathering of northern artists outside the North, offers audiences a once-in-a-lifetime chance to discover northern music, theatre, dance, visual and media arts, film, literature, storytelling, food and fashion. This eclectic festival features artists from Nunavut, Yukon, the Northwest Territories, as well as Nunatsiavut and Nunavik.

“Northern Scene is a wonderful way for the rest of Canada and the world to discover the variety and skills of our gifted artists,” said Nunavut’s Economic Development & Transportation Minister Peter Taptuna. “We are proud to provide this opportunity for Nunavummiut to advance their careers.”

Media contact:

Emily Woods

Press Secretary

Office of Premier Eva Aariak

Tel: 867-975-5059

Cell: 867-222-0217


Matthew Illaszewicz

Manager, Communications 

Department of Economic Development & Transportation

Tel: 867-975-7818