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Festival will mix storytelling with music and film

The second show of the 2017 Northern Arts and Cultural Centre season in Inuvik brings homegrown talent to the Midnight Sun Complex.

Caroline Cox, pictured above, and Inuvik’s Leanne Goose will be performing at the Ko K’e Spoken Word Festival Monday, Oct. 16. photo courtesy of the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre

Caroline Cox and Leanne Goose will be performing a mix of storytelling, music and film screening at the Ko K’e Spoken Word Festival Monday, Oct. 16.

“She’s one of the really, really talented artists in the Northwest Territories and her voice is absolutely amazing,” said Marie Coderre, executive director of the NACC, referring to Goose.

“I think they will both bring a really nice component of the North. They can highlight what the North is all about because that’s where they are from.”

Goose’s music displays a combination of storytelling set to folk/country blues and influences from her Inuvialuit and Dene culture. She’s known as an eclectic entertainer, multi-award-nominated singer and songwriter, musician, producer and storyteller.

Cox is a songwriter, poet and filmmaker based out of a remote homestead on the Liard River. She is also known as Mary Caroline. Her lifestyle in the wilderness inspired her to create the documentary TV series Wild Kitchen, which recently filmed in Inuvik. The show will be screened at the Bentonville Film Festival in Arkansas, and attendees on Monday will get to see a demonstration.

“It’s going to be a very interactive blend of music, spoken word and screening,” said Coderre.

The NACC’s first show in Inuvik this season was Café Daughter Sept. 21.

Coderre said attendance was strong for that one.

“We had a great turnout with Café Daughter so I’m keeping my fingers crossed it will be the same for this show,” said Coderre. “It’s going to be a very warm, cozy presentation. There will be lots of laughter.”

She encourages people to come out, as greater attendance gives NACC more ability to receive funding to keep bringing shows to Inuvik.

Adults will have to pay to enter, but seniors and youth can get in with a donation.

The show is set for the Midnight Sun Complex at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16.