Taking place in Kuujjuaq from August 10 to 14, the annual music festival, named after the cloudberry (aqpik in Inuktitut), definitely left a lasting impression for its 20th edition. Always showcasing musicians from around the circumpolar world — Nunavik, Labrador, Nunavut, Greenland, etc.— as well as from the south, the Aqpik Jam’s organizing committee went all out, bringing in a plentiful crop of artists.
All the big names amongst northern performers, such as Elisapie Isaac, the Jerry Cans, Sinuupa, Saali & the Ravenhearts and Northern Haze, to name a few, were part of the festivities. However, this year’s event also included a special appearance by country music star Johnny Reid, attracting a record crowd in the community’s Katittavik Town Hall Theatre.
Halfway through the week, the sounds of the finest accordion players could be heard at a night of friendly dance competitions in the Kuujjuaq Forum’s gym, where the Aqpik Jam began 20 years.
The festival was a resounding success. First Air was a proud sponsor again this year, offering substantial fare reductions for performers’ flights as well as discounts to festivalgoers, from north to south.