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REF NO.: 341

SUBJECT: Concert at Memorial to feature indigenous popular music from Newfoundland and Labrador, Nunavut, Alaskaand the Torres StraitIslands

DATE: June 9

On Sunday, June 26, a unique concert will take the stage at the D. F. Cook Recital Hall on Memorial’s St. John’s campus. Starting at 8 p.m., indigenous musicians from Canada and Australia will perform a variety of contemporary and popular music styles, in a show titled Global Rhythms – Indigenous Popular Music from Newfoundland and Labrador, Nunavut, Alaska and the Torres Strait Islands.

Newfoundland and Labrador will be represented by Harry Martin whose award winning songs about the spirit and life in Labrador have earned him many fans throughout Canada and abroad, and by the Innu rock band Meshikamau, just back from their impressive performance at the 2005 East Coast Music Awards. Mi’kmaq singer and story-teller Paul Pike, who grew up in Corner Brookbut now resides in Alaska where he leads the innovative band Medicine Dream, will return to his home province to give a rare acoustic performance of stories and songs.

A special feature will be a performance by George “Toofie” Christian from Pitcairn Island, one of the Torres Strait Islands that constitute Australia’s “South Sea islands” off the tip of Cape York. Toofie’s unusual blend of Hawaiian elements and blues will fascinate fans of world music.

Headlining the concert is Lucy Idlout, an Inuit musician who is rapidly being acknowledged as a new superstar of aboriginal music in Canada. Her music has been described as “hard-hitting, raw and to the point, drawing on fantasy, lust and primal energy coupled with infectious grooves to make undeniable rock ‘n’ roll.” With her band, The Angry Best, she has toured Canada, the US, Norway, Germany, the UK, Italy, the Netherlands and Denmark.

Tickets are $20 ($10 for students and seniors) and are available at the door. For further information about the concert call 737-3701or 737-2051.

This concert is part of the conference titled Post-Colonial Distances: The Study of Popular Music in Canada and Australia happening at Memorial from June 24-28. All events are open to the public. For full program information, visit

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For more information, please contact Dr. Beverley Diamond, Department of Folklore and School of Music, at 737-3701or, or conference assistant, Kelly Best at


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