The Jerry Cans
The Jerry Cans create music inspired by their hometown of Iqaluit, Nunavut. With their unique mix of Inuktitut alt-country, throat singing, and reggae, the Jerry Cans are a distinctly northern, one-of-a-kind group.
Formed in Igloolik, Nunavut in 1984, Northern Haze created North America’s first Indigenous-language record when they released their original LP in 1985. They gained local notoriety and national attention for their solid rock riffs and Inuktitut lyrics, performing across Canada as well as most often in the Northern communities they knew so well. After the deaths of Kolitalik Inukshuk and Elijah Kunnuk in 2007, Northern Haze’s remaining members - Naisana Qamaniq, James Ungalaq, and John Inooya - recorded new material in 2009 and 2010 with additional bass player, Derek Aqqiaruq. The Nunavut rockers released Sinnaktuq in 2012, which includes all their original recordings, plus their newer songs. Northern Haze recently signed with Aakuluk Music, Nunavut’s first record label, and is planning to re-release Sinnaktuq digitally this year.
Kathleen Ivaluarjuk Merrit also known as IVA (ee-vah) will take you on a journey through the Arctic with vocal interpretations of the wind, birds, landscape and sea. Iva is a throat-singer, poet, writer and collaborator from Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. She has performed alongside several musicians, DJs and throat-singers including Tanya Tagaq, Susan Aglukark, Owen Pallet, DJ Spooky, Mike Stevens and the NAC Orchestra among others.
Riit (Rita Claire Mike-Murphy) was raised in Panniqtuq, Nunavut and has begun to make a name for herself across the North with her unique voice. She is part of the youth music movement in Nunavut and has shared the stage with some of the top Inuit artists including Twin Flames, Elisapee Isaac, and The Jerry Cans. Riit is currently recording her first EP expected for release in February 2017.
Agaaqtoq (Abraham Eetak) is a young emerging artist from the isolated Northern community of Arviat, Nunavut, Canada. He released his debut album "Agaaqtoq" in Summer 2014 and is now hitting the airwaves all over the North. He writes his songs in his first language, Inuktitut, and blends traditional and modern music.