blue skies, rousing competitions, hundreds of participants and a
great turn-out marked events during Toonik Tyme 2004, Iqaluits
annual spring festival.
such a successful week, it was no wonder Toonik Tymes closing
ceremonies turned out to be soft, fuzzy and full of good music and
have to tell you I love you, singer and actor Tom Jackson
told the crowd gathered inside Iqaluits Nakasuk School.
tall, affable Jackson kick-started his set with a freestyle dialogue
on love, delivered in his deep, melodious voice.
dont understand why love is a mystery... if war is the answer,
lets find something new... love is the palace and you wear
his performance wasnt all serious. Jackson told cornball jokes
to break the ice and fooled around on stage with various silly props.
warm-up act was Iqaluits Road to Nowhere Band,
singing goofy odes to snowmobiling and the Legion bar in Iqaluit.
the blizzards blow/Were going to the Legion/ Its like
a religion, Errol Fletcher sang.
Davidee-Aningmiuq, the Honorary Toonik for 2004, went
beyond the call of duty to make sure as many people as possible
enjoyed Toonik Tyme.
she was appointed honorary Toonik, Davidee-Aningmiuq held a meeting
on April 21 in the elders facility to announce she was donating
$25 to off-set entrance fees for elders and anyone else who didnt
have enough money to attend any of the events.
observed that an increasing number of Toonik Tyme events require
an entrance fee.
just wanted to go further, Davidee-Aningmiuq said of her donation.
I remember when almost the whole community of Iqaluit took
part in the Toonik Tyme celebrations.
$500 was raised as several other Iqaluit residents and Government
of Nunavut departments responded to her gesture.
the closing ceremonies, the Irksuk family from Arviat, drum-dancers
Matthew Newkinga and David Serkoak and throatsingers Sylvia Cloutier
and Madeleine Allakariallak performed, while the lucky winners of
the Gigantic Toonik Tyme Draw received everything from
tickets to Ottawa to a home entertainment set.
the fortunate: Paul Kaludjak from Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., who won
a Coleman stove, and Nunavuts finance minister Leona Aglukaak,
who won a thermos.
top competitors in the dog team races, igloo building, seal hunting
and seal skinning contests also collected prizes.
seal hunting contest drew 14 participants, who left at 7:30 a.m.
Saturday morning and returned late in the afternoon two of
them with seals. Qaqqasiq Mittima came back with two, and won a
first prize of $800 and 45 gallons of gas.
Saturday, out on the sea ice, a crowd gathered to see dog teams
head out to the old Boy Scout camp down the bay. Lynn Peplinski
and her dogs returned in two hours and 58 minutes, followed by Matty
McNair one minute later, to win cash prizes of $800 and $500, and
Toonik Tyme flashlights.
maple syrup was flowing at the Francophone Centre where a cabane
à sucre or sugar-shack showed off Quebecs springtime
skies and spring weather as well as a civic holiday for Iqaluit
workers on Friday afternoon encouraged crowds to come out
and cheer for contestants in the igloo building, ice sculpting and
bannock-making contest, ogle the weightlifters, and play traditional
games or golf on the sea-ice.
also got into the spirit for a round of golf.
during Toonik Tyme week included a Northern band night kicked off
by a set from Jimmy Ekho, who gave his first performance in a year.
Ekho, also known as the Arctic Elvis, returned to his
rock-n-roll roots, clad in a trademark sealskin vest and flared
pants, yet without his King-sized silver sunglasses.
years most popular Toonik Tyme events were the opening fashion
show, snowmobile drag races and the crafts fair.
Saturday morning, several hundred people lined up to buy kamiks,
carvings, mitts and other handmade products, while on Sunday, about
300 people climbed the snowbanks on the sea-ice to watch snowmobile