The fast rising northern stars, The Jerry Cans, create music inspired by their hometown of Iqaluit, Nunavut. With their unique mix of Inuktitut alt-country, throat singing, and reggae, The Jerry Cans are a distinctly northern, one-of-a-kind group.
“A great, epic, sprawling record. Passionate and thrilling with a drop of language bewilderment. A beautiful piece of work.” — Jim Cuddy, Blue Rodeo
The band perform many of their songs in Inuktitut and are passionate about preserving the language even as the north and their home community of Iqaluit evolve. They are committed to representing northerners and to challenging common misperceptions they have encountered about life in the Arctic; their music evokes the contemporary north and the spirited people that reside there. It is not only the political motives, but their rapidly developing reputation for getting elders and young people dancing, that has forced people to start noticing this high-energy group. This truly unique band will take you on a stroll through the streets of Iqaluit to share a glimpse of life in Arctic.
… what would happen if The Clash had grown up speaking Inuktitut… — Penguin Eggs
Meet the Band:
Andrew Morrison (Vocals/Guitar)
Nancy Mike (Accordion/Throat Singing)
Gina Burgess (Violin)
Brendan Doherty (Bass)
Steve Rigby (Drums)
NUNAVUT’S FIRST RECORD LABEL, AAKULUK MUSIC, ANNOUNCES ITS FIRST RELEASE: INUUSIQ/LIFE BY THE JERRY CANS OUT NOVEMBER 2016.
Iqaluit-based rockers The Jerry Cans announce their third album, Inuusiq/Life, an album about the challenges and beauty of life in the Far North. Inuusiq/Life will be the first releaseby Aakuluk Music, Nunavut’s first record label.
Emissaries of a complicated Arctic identity, the Jerry Cans seek to share their experiences of the complex struggles, obstacles and triumphs of Arctic life. Inuusiq/Life is a serious reflection on culture and politics, family and land expressed in a vocabulary that transcends language. The album is replete with big group sing-alongs, tender piano ballads and accordion-fueled stompers that fuse roots rock with the territory’s musical traditions.
“Ukiuq” (“Northern Lights”) is the first song to be shared. The song was recorded in both Inuktitut and in English, and is offered as a double single (and a free Inuktitut lesson). Of the two versions that share one message, Nancy Mike says, “Releasing an Inuktitut and English version of the songs is something totally new for us! Both versions of the song give me the feeling of being in the long cold Arctic winters. There are so many different types of heartbreaks and souls lost during those times but when you look up to the lights it can bring you comfort. Sometimes it is hard to find that light and warmth in the winter, and we hope this song gives you a bit of that spark.”
|3 March 2017||Fly By Nite, Fremantle|
|4+ 5 March 2017||Nannup Festival|
|8 + 9 March||Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide Fringe Festival|
|10, 11, 12, 13 March||Port Fairy Folk Festival|
|15 March||Northcote Social Club|
|16 March||Sooki Lounge Belgrave|
|17, 18, 19 March||Blue Mountains Folk Festival|
|22 March||The Rails, Byron Bay|
|23 March||Sol Bar, Maroochydore|
|24 March||Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane|
|25 March||The Darwin Railway Sports + Social Club|
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