Singer-songwriter Dan Mangan is performing at the Inukshuk high school in Iqaluit this Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

He hasn't decided his set list yet and may not even make one, and chose instead to leave a list of 20 song names at his feet and play what feels right.

"The nice thing about playing alone is you can change things on the go if you like," he said.

Though he's performing alone, he says musicians on the road are never lonely, since they always have an excuse to be around people.

Dan Mangan

This will be Dan Mangan's first trip to Iqaluit. (Dan Mangan)

He says he's looking forward to meeting people and making friends during his first trip to Iqaluit and above the tree line.

As part of his Alianait participation he will be giving a series of workshops in town to up-and-coming Nunavut artists.

On Friday he will visit Aqsarniit School and on Sunday he'll participate in a jam cafe and songwriters' workshop, which is free and open to the public at the Francophone Centre.

"It's important to step outside my little bubble in Vancouver and get to the extremities of the country and figure out how people live there," he said.

Mangan is a two-time Juno-Award-winning musician based out of Vancouver.

His fourth and most recent full-length recording is Club Meds, released in 2015. It's a sonic departure from his folk roots, with his most political lyrics to date.

Alianait's 2017 dance and concert series hosts a variety of artists throughout the year, with the Alianait Arts Festival taking place June 30 to July 3.

Tanya Tagaq will perform at the end of September as part of the series.

Tickets can be purchase in Iqaluit at Arctic Ventures or online at

With files from Meagan Deuling