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Calling all Nunavik throat singers


To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Fédération des Co-opératives du Nouveau-Québec, or Ilagiisaq, is hosting Katatjaliutjiniq, a throat-singing contest open to all Nunavimmiut.

Song entries can be traditional or original, but shouldn’t be more than one-minute long. Enter by recording one song with a cell phone and uploading it to the Katatjaliutjiniq Facebook page. Entries should include the name of both performers, their home community and the name of the song. At least one member of the throat-singing pair must be a minimum of 18 years old.

Submissions will be accepted until February 24, 2017. Entries will be judged by some of the region’s best-known throat singers: Akinisie Sivuarapik, Robert Watt and Evie Mark. Winners will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Montreal, including airfare, hotel and spending money, sometime in May 2017. During the trip, winners will be invited to perform at a gala event to celebrate Ilagiisaq’s birthday.