The Jerry Cans (Inuit Folk) | July 1st
Steve Rigby once tried to build a drum set out of jerry cans, the effort wasn’t totally fruitless as it spawned the name of his band. Fast-rising northern stars, The Jerry Cans are a band from Iqaluit, Nunavut who combine traditional Inuit throat singing with folk music and country music. The band consists of: vocalist and guitarist Andrew Morrison, Nancy Mike is an accordionist that provides vocals, Gina Burgess is on the violin, Brendan Doherty handles the bass while Rigby, naturally, performs on the drum kit. Their music is largely written in Inuktitut, the indigenous language of the Inuit people, with lyrics that reflect the challenges and beauty of life in the Far North. Their 2016 album, Inuusiq/Life, was released on Aakuluk Music, Nunavut's first record label, which the band's members established in 2016 "to support Inuit and Indigenous musicians".
With their eclectic mix of Inuktitut alt-country, throat singing, and reggae, the Jerry Cans are committed to representing northerners and challenging common misperceptions they have encountered about life in the Arctic. Their music evokes the contemporary north and the spirited people that reside there. The music will take you on a stroll through the streets of Iqaluit and share a glimpse of life in Arctic.
In 2013, Mike won the Canadian Folk Music Award for Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year at the 9th Canadian Folk Music Awards. Two years later the band garnered two nominations at the 11th Canadian Folk Music Awards, for Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year and Pushing the Boundaries. The band received Juno Award nominations for Breakthrough Group of the Year and Contemporary Roots Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2018. They performed their song "Ukiuq" live at the televised ceremony this past March, with a collective of supporting musicians from Nunavut including Riit, Josh Qaumariaq, Avery Keenainak and James Ungalaq.