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The NWT is bustling with arts news! Below are postings of up-to-date news, related press releases and articles from NWT Arts, our partners, and affiliated arts organizations and associations from across the country.

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Music NWT is looking for your feedback and input for the 2016 Great Northern Music Conference!

Have you attended one of Music NWT's very popular conferences in the past?
They are looking for feedback and suggestions from their members and potential participants for the upcoming "Great Northern Music Conference" slated for February 2016.
Music NWT is looking for panel and workshop ideas that will appeal to all types of musicians in the NWT regardless of genre, age, or career level.

Some current ideas are:

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Singer/Songwriter, Craig Cardiff, is returning to Yellowknife on Saturday, November 14th to play another fun and interactive show at the Top Knight Pub!

He has generously offered to put on a FREE Song Writing Workshop the afternoon before his performance, from 3pm- 5pm at the Top Knight. This workshop is for ALL AGES.

Cardiff is excited to invite musicians and songwriters OF ALL EXPERIENCE LEVELS to come together at The Top Knight to workshop existing songs, collaborate on new ones and more. This is an inclusive group with a focus on collaboration and involvement from more

Showcase your creativity to win a $5,000 scholarship


Below is the information for this year’s annual Pier 1 Greeting Card contest, as it is a great opportunity for kids to get creative and win the chance to have their design featured as UNICEF’s 2016 Holiday Card, as well as win a $5,000 scholarship and $500 in art supplies for their school!

Participating children will need either a pencil, pen, crayon, colour markers or paints to depict their drawing.  They will not be able to accept any computer or other machine generated artwork.  They will more

Join the YK Community Baker's Center for their Holiday Craft & Gift Sale!

Products from Yellowknife's home based businesses, local artists and crafters & some very skilled bakers will be available for purchase.

Saturday, November 14th @ 1:30 pm - 5 pmread more

Raindance Film Festival invites UK & International producers and filmmakers to submit their film to its 24th edition taking place from 21 September to 2 October 2016 in Central London. An Academy Award, BAFTA and BIFA qualifying festival.

More info here.

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Book Launch - Ramshackle, A Yellowknife Story


Date : November 11th, 2015

Time : 5pm til 7pm

Location : Down to Earth Gallery

About the book launch :

The Yellowknife Book Cellar in collaboration with Down to Earth Gallery invite you to join local

artist Alison McCreesh as she launches her debut full-length graphic novel titled Ramshackle,

a Yellowknife Story.


About the book :

Over the past decade, the North, or at least more

YK Dance Collective presents: 2 Community Dance Classes!

The Yellowknife Dance Collective is excited to tell you about 2 dance opportunities.  Hailey McLeod will be running 2 community dance classes that are open to the public:

1) SUNDAY, NOV. 15 from 12-1:30 PM at Bella Dance Academy.  $20 drop in or $15 if you register in advance.  Register at Bella Dance Academy.

2) TUESDAY, NOV. 17 - Hosted by The Yellowknife Dance Collective - 7:30-9:00 PM at Bella Dance Academy.  $15 drop in.  

Don't miss this great opportunity to learn from Hailey!read more

'Da Kink in My Hair

"Very, very funny!  Infectious music... the stories resonate for all of us... serious, vibrant, hopeful, joyous!"  ~ The National Post

Set in a Caribbean hair salon in Toronto, 'da Kink in my Hair gives voice to eight black women who tell their unforgettable stories in a kaleidoscope of drumming, singing and dance. It is a testament to the challenges and triumphs in the lives of contemporary black women, many of whom are Caribbean immigrants to North America. Mixing laughter and tears, revelation and inspiration, more

As part of the NWT Arts Council 30th Anniversary celebrations, the Council is

hosting an Exhibit and Showcase of artists from across the NWT.


Visual Artist Showcase

Explorer Hotel, Kat Room A

Wednesday, November 11, 12:00pm - 4:30pm

Thursday, November 12, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Come meet artists from each region and see them demonstrate their craft.

Artists will have artwork on hand for sale as well – just in time more

Yellowknife Game Show "Ice Rage" TV Debut

Here is the TV trailer

Yellowknife's 1st ever Game Show called "ICE RAGE" will make it's television debut on Monday November 9, 2015 exclusively on Northwestel Community TV Channel 20. Check your local listings. Please "Like" & "Share" this video to help gain exposure for future tapings.

The pilot episode features 4 teams of 4 battle it out in a trivia style game show. Watch teams Bella Dance Academy, One Of A Thai, more

2015 Cape Dorset Print Collection


Northern Images is pleased to host the 56th Annual Cape Dorset Print Collection. These coveted prints are released across the country once annually, Northern Images has been proud to participate in this release for over 40 years.

Official Release - Saturday October 17, 2015

Preview through October 16 at, call and reserve the prints now by contacting our Yellowknife more

Yellowknife Public Library presents: Silent Reading Cafe

Every Tuesday in October

12:00—2:00 p.m.


Your lunch break is meant to be a break. It’s not for checking your email, paying bills, or fighting against traffic. This October, the Yellowknife Public Library challenges you to take time for yourself on your lunch break. Escape from the noise and distractions, get away from the daily grind.

Join in at the Silent Reading Café.


Bring a book, bring a snack, but electronics need more

The Yellowknife International Film Festival (YKIFF) is hosted by Western Arctic Moving Pictures (WAMP), in the capital city of Canada's Northwest Territories. YKIFF showcases film and new media works from all over the Canadian and Circumpolar North with selected international works.

The 9th annual festival is a celebration of the best of Northwest Territories Film and films relevant to circumpolar audiences while supporting the growing infrastructure in the Northwest Territories. YKIFF gives a big hand to the hard work and dedication of all the local writers, directors and more

Sahtu in the Arts Celebrates Arts Week in Fort Good Hope
September 21-25, 2015

Come celebrate “Sahtu In the Arts” during Arts Week; an opportunity to celebrate and engage in the Arts.

MONDAY, September 21, 2015:
Bead Jewelry Making & Embroidery Basics with Shauna Gully
LOCATION: Band Hall TIME: 7-9 PM

TUESDAY, September 22, 2015:
Guitar Basics with Cody McNeely
LOCATION: Band Hall TIME: 7-9 pm

WEDNESDAY, September 23, 2015:
Painting with Geni DiBernardo
LOCATION: Band Hall TIME: 7-9 PM more

Sidedoor Resource Centre for Youth New "Tuned-In" Musical Program: Request for Volunteers

The SideDoor Resource Centre for Youth has started a new music program for youth called "Tuned-In". Tuned-In will be a musical program whereby youth will come to the Resource Centre one night a week to practice a musical instrument for up to 6 weeks. The SideDoor will be purchasing a variety of instruments including guitars, pianos, ukuleles, flutes, drums, etc. The groups are meant to be fairly smaller as the space and amount of instruments will be limited. They hope to more

'This City III' with artist in residence Steve deBruyn

The YK ARCC is pleased to announce Steve deBruyn as the artist in residence for ‘This City III’. During his time in Yellowknife, the London Ontario based artist will focus on Yellowknife’s unoccupied spaces, re-purposing found materials, and engaging with the local community to create site-specific installations.

Steve deBruyn graduated from NSCAD in 2002 and has had exhibited widely across Canada in solo and group exhibitions. Recent exhibitions include: BANG Centre d'Art Actuel in Chicoutimi; more


Celebrating strong indigenous women


The Ko K'e Storytelling Festival this year celebrates strong indigenous women, each presenter sharing through their own creative discipline, be it storytelling, playing music, telling legends, reciting poetry or even throat singing. Featuring visiting artists who span international borders to established local artists who are growing national reputations. Starting at 3:30pm on Saturday the 12th of September and showcasing eight artists with acts more

FORT MCPHERSON (August 28, 2015) – A group of 13 crew and two cast members will travel to Fort McPherson next week to shoot The Sun at Midnight, a feature film by NWT writer and director Kirsten Carthew and NWT producer Amos Scott, of Jill and Jackfish Productions.  The film features a nearly exclusive northern cast and crew.

“This is an exciting project and one that the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment is proud to support,” said Minister of ITI David Ramsay.  “The film industry not more

I.C.A Publishing is accepting submissions for the 11th volume of International Contemporary Artists. Each volume is an overview of contemporary world art production that enables the viewer to acquire a global and multicultural perspective and attention into different artistic expressions.

The book contains a broad spectrum of medium and subject matter, different contributions that reflect the variety of different schools and disciplines that currently emerge and exist all over the world; it offers a glimpse into various art movements and provides an in-depth look at global more


August 18, 2015


Textile Museum of Canada launches Making Makers, a crowd-sourced platform connecting national maker community

(Toronto) The Textile Museum of Canada is pleased to present Making Makers (, an interactive map that allows makers to connect on a national and local scale. A fully bilingual hub that is free to use, the user-generated platform encourages the submission of places and events associated with Canada’s dynamic more