Bringing music to life

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Musician Greg Brown, who teaches at the Nunavut Sivuniksavut college program in Ottawa, visited Cambridge Bay to work with kindergarten to Grade 6 students, May 28-31.

Kullik Ilihakvik student Susan Sim’s joy is apparent as she takes a turn on the button accordion, with guidance from musician Greg Brown.
Alison Corbett photo

He joined them during the after-school program run by the Kitikmeot Heritage Society in the May Hakongak Library. Brown also performed a concert for Kullik Elementary School and gave button accordion lessons to Grade 6 students.

Prior to his visit to Cambridge Bay, Brown spent a week in Kugluktuk, teaching fiddle and guitar lessons with Nunavut musician Nelson Tagoona. All of these activities were made possible by the National Arts Centre’s Music Alive program.

Since 2010, the National Arts Centre’s Music Alive Program in Nunavut has supported comprehensive programming that provides special opportunities for Nunavut communities to engage with visiting artists, including artists from other parts of Nunavut and the Inuit Nunangat.

Alison Corbett and Greg Brown led interactive music workshops with students at the May Hakongak Community Library’s after-school program in Cambridge Bay in late May. Peter Kilaodluk sits in front. Middle row, from left, Alison Corbett, Brooke Maniyogina, Sarah Evalik, Burke Bernard, Walker Bernard, Deanna Oyakyoak and Greg Brown. Back row, from left, Jazlyn Koplomik, Annie Bellarose, Dallas Keyok, Silas Nicoll, Thomas Kilaodluk, Susan Sim, Kayle Hanak and Hayden Frost.
Pam Langan photo