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October 2015

This month, dive into the Northern arts scene, with stories on famous NWT fashion designer D'arcy Moses, a Yellowknife composer using the ice of Great Slave Lake an inspiration for her next opus, fiddling lore of the Arctic, and a failed pottery experimient in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut in the 1960s. Also: get the breakdown on the music, film and literature scene by territory, check out a leaning tower of meat in Fort Providence and thumb your way through some great Northern ghost stories. 

In This Issue


Out of the Loop

The odd timing of the Yukon's fibre line announcement.

By Herb Mathisen
Oct 27

A Leaning Tower of Meat

Fort Providence's Big River Diner makes one big burger

By Herb Mathisen
Oct 26
Wesley Hardisty performs at the Alianait Arts Festival in Iqaluit. Photo: Angela Gzowski

Playing It By Ear

Fiddling and dancing have entertained Northerners for the past two centuries. But in this age of constant distraction, will music survive?

By Samia Madwar
Oct 14
Illustration by Beth Covvey

Stories For A Long, Dark Winter

Shapeshifters, a haunted hotel, the echoes of past wars—here’s what happens in the North when the sun goes down.

By Daniel Campbell, Laura Busch
Oct 14
Sweetest Kulu, a tender poem written by Iqaluit's Celina Kalluk, is a top-seller. Artwork courtesy of Inhabit Media

Letters From Home

A small Iqaluit publisher is learning how to tell Inuit stories

By Herb Mathisen
Oct 07
Coral Harbour carver Henry Nakoolak. Photo by Adina Tarralik Duffy

Carving a Life from Stone

The hard realities of a Coral Harbour Artist

By Tarralik Duffy
Oct 06
Potential buyers found large vases, like this one by Yvo Samgushak, too big for their homes. Photo: Hannah Eden

From A Different Mould

In the early sixties, the federal government brought ceramics to Rankin Inlet to build a traditional arts economy. They didn’t count on the artists actually getting creative.

By Samia Madwar
Oct 05
Carmen Braden captures nature with her recorder, absorbs it through her headphones, processes it into music and exports it through her piano. Photo: Bill Braden

The Tension And The Break

To tell the story of the North's ice cycles, Yellowknife composer Carmen Braden translates nature into music

By Tim Edwards
Oct 02
D'arcy Moses at his studio in Enterprise, NWT. Photo: Hannah Eden

D'arcy Moses' Big Bet

Nearly 20 years ago he disappeared into the bush to find his Northern roots. Now he’s ready to step back into the Canadian fashion scene—and bring the North along with him.

By Laura Busch
Oct 01