Music Alive Program: Nelson Tagoona in Cape Dorset

Nelson Tagoona of Baker Lake, Nunavut is known for pioneering "throat-boxing." His blend of throat-singing and beat boxing electrified audiences at the NAC’s Northern Scene festival in April and May 2013, and his groove-driven music is infused with a positive message.  

Nelson is also a teaching musician with the NAC’s Music Alive Program in Nunavut, where he performs and speaks to young people about believing in themselves.

In April, Nelson travelled to Cape Dorset, Nunavut to give workshops, coach performers for a community talent show, and performed himself.  The talent show was the first of its kind in Cape Dorset, and the NAC was delighted to partner with the Kinngait Performing Arts Club on the event.

The workshops were made possible by Toronto philanthropists and Honorary Patrons Janice O’Born, a member of the National Arts Centre Foundation Board and Chair of The Printing House Charitable Office, and Earle O’Born, Chairman of The Printing House.

Created by the National Arts Centre, the Music Alive Program: Nunavut was designed in consultation with local educators and community leaders and is supported by the Government of Nunavut, Travel Partner First Air and Joy Maclaren, C.M., “New Sun.”


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