Thursday, April 12, 2012
I am fortunate to be here at the same time as Toonik Tyme. This is a spring festival that has been going on every year for more than 40 yrs. Tonight was the opening ceremonies, MCd by local comedian Anguti Johnson(who did the video below) and featured throat singing, dancers, and a range of singers and musicians. There was a special presentation to renowned hunter Solomon Awa. Solomon was named Honary Toonik in recognition for his contribution to the community over the years. The evening wrapped up with a local Iqaluit band called the Jerry Cans. Everyone gets into the spirit of the event to the extent that we all have Friday afternoon off - which will give me a chance to get to the Parish Hall for Caribou stew.