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How has the Canadian landscape, whether urban or rural, inspired or influenced your music?
Sarah Harmer, Sam Roberts, Susan Aglukark and other Canadian musicians tell us about their perception of place
FEATURES
• Northern soliloquy
  - The music man
• Canadian musicians
• The marrow of music
• Science of sound
  - Psychoacoustics
• Indie nation
• Canadian sound inventions
• Nature’s orchestra
DEPARTMENTS
• Knowledge Toolbox
• Cartographer’s table
• Just the facts
SUSAN AGLUKARK
  • Born in Churchill, Manitoba and raised in Arviat, Northwest Territories (now in Nunavut).

  • Blends Inuktitut and English with pop music to tell the stories of the Inuit of Arctic Canada.

  • The first Inuk performer to have a Top 40 hit, with "O Siem" in 1995.
DISCOGRAPHY

2004
Big Feeling

2000
Unsung Heroes

1995
This Child

1993
Arctic Rose

As a child in the Arctic, my favourite time was the spring. My father would pack up the children and we'd be off by Skidoo and qamutik to our spring camp. I would sit at the back of the qamutik, dangling my feet and watching my Kamik boots drag against the sea ice and snow. I would look toward the horizon, trying to find where sea ice ended and the sky began, gazing up at the blue sky and the occasional white cloud floating across while I breathed in and out, trying to match the white clouds with my breath. I remember feeling the sting of the cold and loving it. More than anything else in the world, I loved looking out into the bay and seeing the white go on forever, feeling the power of that white expanse and its seeming vulnerability and purity. All of these images dance around in my mind when I am writing a song, experimenting with sounds or just simply sitting back listening the band play. All connected.

www.susanaglukark.com  

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