Nordic Bridges: A cultural exchange

Eivør, July 21
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Sara Ajnnak, July 14
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Kolonien, August 11 © Olof Grind
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VILDÁ, July 19 & 20 © Joanna Suomalainen

This year, the NAC partnered with Nordic Bridges with an aim to foster cultural exchange between the Nordic Region and Canada. Together, we’re working with partners across the country to present multidisciplinary contemporary art, culture, and ideas. 

This summer, we have an inspiring roster of artists who will blend their unique perspectives, culture, and language into passionate performances. Let’s get to know some of the artists who will be taking the stage as part of the NAC’s All Together Now summer programming and Nordic Bridges!

Sara Ajnnak

July 14, 8:30 PM, Fourth Stage ($15): The Grammy-nominated artist from Sweden creates something very personal: traditional yoik mixed with vibrant strings, featuring electronic influences in a contemporary soundscape, all inspired by the north. Sara is known for communicating her strength through her voice with powerful performances and her concerts have been described as a journey through time and space. 


July 21, 8 PM, Azrieli Studio ($19): Eivør Pálsdóttir is an artist perfectly attuned to the wild vicissitudes of nature. The singer-songwriter grew up surrounded by a harsh, windswept landscape in the North Atlantic — a rugged backdrop that has, unsurprisingly, deeply influenced her music. Eivør is critically acclaimed by the music industry internationally and especially throughout Iceland, the Faroes, and Nordic countries. She is a multi-award winner, and her music has been featured in well-known TV and film series, including Homeland, Silence, The Last Kingdom and Game of Thrones.


July 19 & 20, 7 PM Wooden Terrace (free) | July 20, 12 PM, Atrium O’Brien (free)
VILDÁ is an original blend of indigenous Sámi yoiks, grooving rhythms and improvisation. Inspiration has been sought from Sámi people's strong connection to nature, present-day pop, as well as the Finnish folk tradition. The result is a unique dialogue that takes the listener into a fascinating journey to the Sámi land – the vast landscapes under the arctic hills and frosty winds.


August 11, 8 PM, Fourth Stage ($15): Kolonien’s music and inspirations are deeply rooted in the Swedish folk tradition as well as the natural environment and progressive philosophies of the alternative-lifestyle community where they were raised. With a sound that blends acoustic roots music with anthemic, sing-along pop, Kolonien has a fresh, appealing sound that brings multiple musical worlds together.

Nordic Bridges is a year-long initiative led by Toronto’s Harbourfront and supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

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