Leela Gilday: The lure of the north is strong in her music

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Leela Gilday says the north exerts an almost gravitational pull when you’re away from it. She should know: she moved south for university when she was 17 and ended up staying for 12 years to establish her musical career, something that’s hard to do when based in the north. She returned to Yellowknife in 2008. She calls the north “a powerful place. It occupies your dreams and your daily thoughts. It’s so vast, it makes you feel what your place is on the earth in a way you can’t in the south. You feel small in the north.” Feeling small occasionally, although Gilday doesn’t say so, might be a valuable corrective to southerners’ tendency toward self-importance. There’s nothing small, however, about Gilday’s music. A blend of folk, pop and country, it captures with vigour what it means to be a native person from the north (she’s a member of the Dene First Nation).

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“I’ve travelled a lot in India and Southeast Asia. I’ve seen places where 500 years ago there was no development and now every resource is exploited. I feel protective of the north because it’s such a treasure. The earth belongs to our children and our children’s children.”

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TheWildNorth Song

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TheWildNorth Songby TheWildNorth

This song was written for me by request.I do not own copyrights for this song.
This song was written by Tom Samulak. Tom plays all the instruments and sings this song.Tom is the winner of the Canadian National Fred Sherratt Award. He is a great musical artist. i will make a music video for this song wen i get all footage for the lyrics.
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Buffalo Airways book “The Ice Pilots” is a crash and burn

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Since I generally refrain from watching television, I’ve never seen the popular reality show “Ice Pilots.” So you could say I was flying blind when a book tied to the series popped up on my radar. … “The Ice Pilots,” by New Yorker-turned-Canadian author Michael Vlessides, is subtitled “Flying with the Mavericks of the Great White North.” Would that this were true. In practice, very little time is spent airborne. Instead, most of the book is about Vlessides himself, his experiences in the North, his time spent running around the Buffalo hangar with the television stars, his drinking binges with the same crew, and his repeatedly dashed efforts at getting “Buffalo” Joe to open up for an interview, efforts that show Vlessides to be suffering from something a bit creepier than hero worship crossbred with a disturbing tendency toward self-flagellation. The hero worship actually extends to the whole crew, and is accompanied by relentless hyperbole talking up how unbelievably awesome everyone at Buffalo is. Just a sample quote demonstrates the ludicrous exaltation of it all: “To be a Buffalo pilot is to be resourceful. If there was ever a professional who had to mimic the 1980s television star MacGyver — the secret agent who could craft a neutron bomb out of a Swiss Army knife and some old cheese — it’s the Buffalo Airways pilot.” Wow. Now extend that out over 269 pages of text that just keeps stumbling over itself like a moose with its forelegs roped together, and you have a pretty good idea of how this book reads.

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“The Ice Pilots” Michael Vlessides Douglas & McIntyre 280 pages 2012 • $21.95 ISBN 978-1-55365-939-6 http://www.dmpibooks.com/book/the-ice-pilots

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“Wise Women of the NWT” 2013 from The Status of Women Council NWT

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The Status of Women Council NWT has been distributing this award to outstanding women in the five regions of the NWT every year since 1992. Wise Women recipi…

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DSLR & HD Camera HDMI Webstreaming with TeraDeK VidiU

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The TeraDeK VidiU unit allows a camera be it dslr or hd with a HDMI output to stream live across the internet. With the options of using wifi, 3G/4G or ether…

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The Teradek VidiU is the latest consumer level HDMI H.264 encoder that streams 1080p video at up to 5Mbps over dual band 802.11 a/b/g/n MIMO WiFi, Ethernet, or a 3G/4G USB cellular modem. VidiU is certified by Ustream and the new Livestream platforms, but also includes a generic RTMP interface that enables streaming to any other platform on the Web. Despite the device’s compact, light weight chassis, VidiU packs a number of great features including an intuitive OLED display, built-in Li-Ion battery, mic/line input, and iOS monitoring & control via the free VidiU application.

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Ship logs document climate of the past: Arctic Rediscovery

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Published on Oct 24, 2012

NOAA and the U.S. National Archives are teaming with Old Weather and thousands of citizen volunteers to transcribe climate data from historical ship logbooks into modern digital formats that can be used to extend modern global climate data sets to earlier times in order to better understand the climate of today.

You can help! Sign up at http://www.oldweather.org/

The Arctic Rediscovery website includes a gallery of photos revealing fascinating details of life on historical ships in the Bering Sea/Arctic, related student projects, and other resources. http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/arctic/redis...

Support for the Arctic Rediscovery Project is provided by North Pacific Research Board (NPRB). Many partners and collaborators have made indispensible contributions to the project.

 

 

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Charting the #Arctic’s Future With Ship #Logbooks from the Past #ClimateChange http://ow.ly/k3APB @ClimateCentral http://ow.ly/k3AXM

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Nunavut Research Institute launches Evolution of Iqaluit web site

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Nunavut Research Institute is pleased to launch a website documenting the spatial and historical evolution of the city of Iqaluit. http://www.evolutionofiqaluit.ca

 

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This website represents the results of a case study, led by Natural Resources Canada, of Internet-based dynamic visualization of historical geospatial information. The main objective of the project was to develop interactive Web maps of Iqaluit based on aerial photographs from various years. The intended audience included the City of Iqaluit, the Government of Nunavut, northern communities, city visitors, schools, and the private sector.

By using a graphic interface and basic GIS capabilities, the viewer is able to interactively visualize change in the development of Iqaluit over the last 50 years in the form of dynamic maps and images.

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Yellowknife Houseboaters seen as Reality TV series

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Her goal? Convince a major international cable network to see what she sees — the frontier spirit evident in the independent community of houseboaters on Yellowknife Bay.

“I came up last year and shot some footage,” said Haydn-Hays.

“I spoke to some of the characters out there about what the strategies are for living off the grid on the lake,” she said.

This most recent visit was what she calls phase two, where the current footage gets edited into a mock one-hour show so the network can see what it would look like.

Ideally, the network would then green-light the production and agree to either a full one-hour show or a series of episodes.

Haydn-Hays is hesitant to compare her idea to Ice Pilots NWT or Ice Road Truckers.

“Every show has it’s own different vibe,” she said.

“This would be mostly about the challenges, the stakes involved and the character of the people behind the work. The frontier spirit is what drew me to the topic. They’re living on their own terms, they’re knowledgeable and it’s like they’re a boat captain, mechanic and engineer all in one.”

While it’s still a long way from coming to a small screen near you, Haydn-Hays said she’s confident people will be interested in the topic.

“These are all things American audiences don’t know about, they’ve never seen it. They don’t have people living on frozen lakes,” she said.

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Northern_Clips‘s insight:

"We would hope to hire locally. I feel very very strongly about that. I don’t want to just unleash a ton of Americans. I love Canadians dearly and they’re very very patient with us. I don’t want to push their patience too much," she said. She said anyone who is interested in working on the project can contact her.

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The YouTube Nonprofit Program

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The YouTube Nonprofit Program is currently available in the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom and United States. Your organization must be a registered nonprofit or NGO in one of these countries to join.

 

 

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The YouTube Nonprofit Program is currently available in the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom and United States. Your organization must be a registered nonprofit or NGO in one of these countries to join.

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Northern exposure: Designers from Canada’s North are showcasing eclectic fashions at the NAC

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Boundless: Fashions FromCanada’s North is part of an opening bash on April 26 called Swarm, acollaboration of Northern Scene and National Arts Centre. The arts festival features the work of 250 established and emerging artists from Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, as well as Nunatsiavut and Nunavik, offering local audiences a snapshot of the North. Northern music, theatre, dance, visual and media arts, film, literature, storytelling, food and fashion events will unfold at 26 venues across town from April 25 to May 4

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Jamie Look is a jewelry designer, who works primarily with muskox horn, shown left. She is the curator of the Boundless fashion show. Photograph by: Dave Brosha Photography

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