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An Inuk from Arviat, Nunavut, Susan Aglukark has been walking between two worlds. Her story is an important one to recall on Canada’s 150th anniversary.
She was a rare and exotic presence in the mainstream music world – an Inuk woman, a modern woman, a strong woman with something important to say is sometimes very rare in the entertainment industry — and Susan embodies pure, graceful honesty and strength. As her songs climbed the charts, her stories and her candor about the struggles of Aboriginal communities, and her bravery as she opened up about her own anger and struggle, won her an audience beyond that of most pop artists.
Aglukark’s musical success is even more interesting when you realize she didn’t start her career until she was 24. With no modern musical orthodoxy to draw on, Aglukark was free to respond to the sounds and styles that touched or motivated or inspired her.
The appeal of her music is that in an era where the most popular music is often less relevant than style or mood, her lyrics are where she lives.
Beyond the national stage
The list of people she has performed before include: Queen Elizabeth (twice), prime ministers Jean Chrétien and Brian Mulroney, French president Jacques Chirac, Nelson Mandela and former governor general Adrienne Clarkson.
She has earned three Juno Awards, the first ever Aboriginal Achievement Award in arts and entertainment, a Canadian Country Music Association Rising Star Award, a Native American Music Award and a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award.
Cost: Tickets Adult $35 Senior/ Youth $25 Discounts for season pass holders! Inquire at box office!