Alianait Arts Festival offers sneak peek of 2016 lineup
‘A great opportunity to explore the music scene up North:' Eastern Belles
A sneak peek of Nunavut's Alianait Arts Festival 2016 lineup shows an eclectic mix of national and international artists playing a range of rock, pop, folk and blues.
The annual festival from June 29 to July 3 takes place in Iqaluit, and brings together musicians, performing artists and children's entertainers for Nunavut's largest festival.
"I'm so excited for these artists to come to Alianait," said one of the festival's organizers, Jessie Fraser.
"[It's] a great variety of musicians and artists, with such talent and from so many different regions," Fraser added.
Vancouver based duo the Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer top the list with their raw blues sound, punctuated with gritty guitars and haunting harmonics. What sets these guys apart is their energetic performances that will have you tapping your toes.
The festival lineup also includes the Twin Flames, well known to Nunavut audiences with their Inuttitut and English folk-pop-rock pieces. The duo includes singer songwriters Chelsey June and Nunavik's Jaaji.
"We've been trying to get to Nunavut for the past year as a band," Jaaji said.
Alianait would not be complete without a healthy dose of eclectic inspired music from the East Coast. Prince Edward Island's Eastern Belles (Catherine MacLellan, Ashley Condon, Meaghan Blanchard) hit the spot with their distinctly melodic voices that come together in sweet harmonies.
"All of us are super excited," said Meaghan Blanchard.
Where are you in June? The Eastern Belles are playing <a href="https://twitter.com/Alianait">@Alianait</a> Festival in Iqaluit, Nunavut!! Amazing! So excited! <a href="https://t.co/7DWKPhCda5">pic.twitter.com/7DWKPhCda5</a>—@EasternBelles
"None of us have been to Nunavut and it's going to be a great opportunity to explore the music scene up North," added Blanchard.
Greenland's Simon Lynge returns to the Alianait stage this year with his blend of melodic rock, pop and folk music. Originally from Greenland, Simon Lynge's performance with the Arctic Connections Collaboration made him a crowd-favourite at the Alianait Festival in 2012.