Your long table dinner ticket includes onsite parking and you are welcome to start to enjoy the free screening of the acclaimed 2018 movie The Grizzlies, about a youth lacrosse team set up to help combat youth suicide in Canada’s north.
Entry starts at 6:00pm.
Presented by TD Bank Group & Indigenous Tourism Ontario, Niriqatigiit (Coming Together To Eat) is a celebratory feast of foods from the Arctic, prepared by two unlikely friends, chefs Trudy Metcalfe-Coe and Georges Laurier, who bonded through a passion for the foods of Canada and a mutual respect that is inspiring. Featuring musk ox, Arctic char and caribou.
Chef Trudy Metcalfe-Coe, one of Southern Canada’s only Inuit Chefs, and the esteemed Chef Georges Laurier, met at Summer Solstice Festival six years ago and have worked together ever since. Trudy is a regular Chef Instructor at Georges’ cooking school, C’est Bon Cooking. He’s helped Trudy prepare featured meals for Summer Solstice’s pandemic meal boxes and they’ve planned a stunning dinner for this year’s festival that reflects that shared respect and commitment to fine cuisine.
Live Entertainment at Niriqatigiit
Qattuu & Rise
Qattuu and Rise are a duet composed of Rise Ashen who plays electronic instruments and Qattuu who is an Inuit throat-singer.
Aasiva, is a young Inuktitut songwriter and exciting addition to Nunavut’s flourishing indie music scene, one that is quickly gathering momentum and attention on the national stage.
Aasiva’s sound is shaped by her melodious voice set against the playful ukulele. With Inuktitut lyrics and delicate throat singing elements interwoven throughout her songs, Aasiva’s music offers a fresh, buoyant and distinctive twist on indie folk.
Originally from the remote and majestic community of Pangnirtung, Aasiva currently resides in Iqaluit, also home to new label Aakuluk Music and, not coincidentally, a hotbed for contemporary Inuktitut music. A graduate of the Nunavut Sivuniksavut program for Inuit youth, a groundbreaking cultural and educational partnership with Ottawa’s Algonquin College, Nakashuk is eager to pass her knowledge of throat singing to younger generations of Inuit youth through her performances. She has appeared with throat-singer and Jerry Cans collaborator Avery Keenainak throughout Nunavut and beyond.
With a new album brimming with songs about language, love and the luxury of her Inuktitut upbringing, Aasiva adds her voice to a growing chorus of young artists proudly bringing new Inuktitut music into the mainstream.
Sila Singers are a throat singing duo consisting of two Inuit women, Jenna Broomfield and Malaya Bishop, originally from Nunatsiavut and Nunavut. Jenna learned throat singing at the age of 14 by two throat singers from her drum dancing group, as a form of cultural revitalization. Malaya learned throat singing in elementary school and from elders in her community. Their sound is a unique combination of their regional styles, which allows them to blend songs and create new variations. Jenna is a lawyer and Malaya is an underwater archaeology technician. They share their traditional songs throughout Canada and internationally. Sila Singers highlight performances for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Final Event, with Frank Waln and the Samson Brothers, for the Indianer Inuit International Film Festival in Germany, and Text/sound/performance: Making in Canadian Space in Dublin, Ireland
Join us on Friday night for a screening of the acclaimed 2018 movie The Grizzlies, directed by Miranda de Pencier. Based on a true story, the film depicts a youth lacrosse team that was set up to help combat an onslaught of youth suicide in the community of Kugluktuk, Nunavut.
The Grizzlies has won numerous awards, including from the Directors Guild of Canada and at the Calgary International Film Festival and Palm Springs International Film Festivals among others.
Throughout this year’s live festival, visitors will have the chance to try a wide variety of Indigenous inspired food and drinks. Chef Paul Owl will be on site, serving up bannock pizza cooked in his new woodfire oven and his signature traditional Indigenous flavor infused teas. There’s also lots of Indigenous treats such as maple syrup, maple candy and popping corn available in the Mādahòkì Marketplace.