Toonik Tyme in Iqaluit
Spring is coming back and that means it's Toonik Tyme in Iqaluit, where last night Iqalungmiut hit up the community curling rink for an opening ceremony that saw a performance by Pangnirtung artist Joey Nowyuk and a fashion show of parkas handmade through Ilitaqsiniq, the Nunavut Literacy Council.
Organizers from the local non-profit 123 Go! kicked off the two-week festival by announcing this years' honourary tooniks, Rebecca Veevee and Lew Phillip. Veevee is a recipient of the Governor Generals meritorious service medal for her work promoting traditional foods. In Iqaluit she's known as "the laughing chef" for her work as the high-spirited host of the popular Inuit language cooking show, Niqitsiat. Phillip is a talented carver and retired RCMP officer.