Arts & Entertainment

New infrastructure announced

January 12, 2018 - NWT

Funding was announced for four projects and various highway fix-ups across the territory on Thursday by the federal and territorial governments.

Highways 1, 3, 4, 7 and 8 will be fixed up, along with various community access roads and winter roads; there will be updates to roads and ditches in Nahanni Butte, as well as the installation of culverts and infill for low-lying areas. Trout Lake is getting a cold storage garage, Colville Lake is getting a new youth centre and Wrigley is getting a new sewage vacuum truck.

Total contributions for the projects are $72,125,000 from the federal government, $23,875,000 from the GNWT and $354,700 from community governments.

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Snowking kicks off raffle after costly new measures imposed by fire marshal

December 4, 2017 - Yellowknife

Fire alarms in a snow castle? The odd pairing is just one of the demands organizers of the Snowking Winter Festival will have to meet following a list of orders put forth by NWT Fire Marshal Chucker Dewar.

Creators of the annual castle say they’re now scrambling to comply before construction begins.

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Fundraiser caps GNAF’s 29th year

November 30, 2017 - Inuvik

The Great Northern Arts Festival’s 29th year was a perilous one in some ways, with funding challenges almost pulling the plug on its signature summer event, but spirits are high going into the organization’s 30th anniversary and local vendors must be happy with the cash that came in at the recent Christmas craft fair.

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Modern twist on an classic tale

November 28, 2017
Michael Hugall/ NNSL photo
Queen Vanita the first, played by Karen Wasicuna, rehearses backstage before Snow White a Pantomime on Friday at the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre.
(November 24, 2017)


Thinking outside the box is never a bad concept when it comes to theatre.

Snow White – A Pantomime took centre-stage this past weekend at the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre.

Directed by Ian Johnson, this performance put a modern day twist on the fairy tale story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Theatre company Parcel of Rogues was responsible for the production and did not disappoint with the performance.

The production included Snow White, played by Phoenix Smith. Six dwarfs, who “with the advancement of medical science,” were not so small and a wicked Queen Vanita whose sole purpose was to not only kill Snow White, but completely shutdown the audiences optimism.

Stage manager Lynn Elkin estimates close to 1,000 seats were filled over the three-day span for this year’s pantomime production

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Young Arviat filmmakers selected for Quebec film festival

November 28, 2017

This is an exciting week for members of the Arviat Film Society.

In February of 2016, Gord Billard accompanied two youth society members, Jamie Okatsiak and Samuel Pauppa, on a trip to Quebec City. The two young men were making a documentary comparing the struggles of youth in Quebec City to those of youth in the North, with the focus being the community of Arviat.

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The road to reclaiming their past

November 22, 2017 - Yellowknife

Betty Ann Adam was just three years old when her life changed forever. Uprooted from her Dene mother’s care in Uranium City, Saskatchewan and placed in foster care in Prince Albert, Adam was left far from her family, her culture and her people of Fond du Lac Dene Nation.

Now, decades later, Adam is bringing her story, one she shares with 20,000 other Indigenous people whose families were torn apart during the Sixties Scoop, to audiences in Yellowknife with a one night screening of “Birth of a Family,” Thursday.

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Remembering Archie Beaulieu

November 20, 2017 - Yellowknife

For many Northerners, the work of Archie Beaulieau is instantly recognizable. It’s bright, bold, enchanting – and unmistakably rooted in a land that seems to live and breath through the canvas.

Beaulieu, who died recently at the age of 65 after a battle with cancer, achieved world-wide acclaim for his distinct depictions of Northern life, namely through his portrayals of Dene tradition, culture and folklore. Drawing influences from his roots as a member of the Tlicho First Nations, Beaulieu developed a unique brand of art that played with colour and married the abstract and the familiar.

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RCMP locate overdue person

November 18, 2017 - Inuvik

RCMP responded to a search and rescue approximately 40 km outside of Inuvik and successfully located the overdue hunter and returned him to Inuvik Tuesday, Nov. 7.

A family member had notified the RCMP the previous Monday that the hunter had not been heard from and was suspected to have headed toward Husky Lakes, between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk.

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Housing contract falls apart

November 12, 2017 - NWT

Ulukhaktok Mayor Laverna Klengenberg says people in the community are “making due” with the housing they’ve got, but the community could use more social housing and some upgrades to the old homes that are currently there.

Meanwhile, three NWT Housing Corp. modular homes—which she believes are not for social housing but for market sale, as some of the corp.’s properties are—sit unfinished in the community as winter begins to set in.

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Northern magic on display

October 23, 2017 - Somba K'e/Yellowknife

In a unique show launching this weekend, Canadians will get to see the cultural, artistic and athletic talents of the North up close. The From the North showcase is making its way first to the capitals of the North – Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Iqaluit – and then the southern cities of Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver.

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Tanya Tagaq documentary on the way

October 20, 2017 - Toronto

Cambridge Bay musical artist and activist Tanya Tagaq will be featured in a National Film Board documentary titled Throat, due for release in winter 2019.

The film will explore Tagaq’s creative talent and political stances while delivering “a 360-degree sound mix that will whirl around the audience like an immersive cyclone,” according to the National Film Board.

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