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A new, northern arts initiative hopes to give Nunavut youth skills writing, recording, producing,marketing, and selling professional music. The Nunavut Hitmakerz travelled to Clyde River, Pond Inlet and Qikiqtarjuaq in the Qikiqtaaluk Region this summer to host workshops, concerts, talent shows, photo shoots, interviews, brainstorming, jamming, co-writing sessions and demonstrations of studio recordings.

This year, Kelly Fraser and Thor Simonsen were the tour instructors. Fraser, a well-known singer from Sanikiluaq, taught song-writing and performance, and gave motivational talks. Simonsen, a music producer from Iqaluit, taught audio recording, production, business, and marketing.

The two instructors hope to record the songs created by the youth for a future Hitmakerz album. The tour will also be recorded on video for future music videos. A small, mobile, recording studio was donated to each community on the tour.

The tour was sponsored by the Government of Nunavut and Qikiqtani Inuit Association. Organizers are hoping to bring the Nunavut Hitmakerz to the Kivalliq region before the end of the year. To learn more, visit www.nuhitmakerz.ca.