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Tunes return to The Forks

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After a two-day hiatus, music returns to The Forks for the Canada Games Festival tonight, this time with acts representing the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Hosted by Winnipeg writer/broadcaster David McLeod, general manager of NCI-FM, the show kicks off with an act from Whitehorse at 4:55 p.m. The Dakhká Khwáan Dancers — the name means "Inland Nation" — are an Inland Tlingit dance group focused on reclaiming their languages and traditions via singing, drumming, dancing and storytelling.

Supplied</p><p>Leela Gilday</p>

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Leela Gilday

The troupe has paired up with Yukon artist DJ Dash to incorporate techno beats into their original compositions; the collaboration yielded their new album, Deconstruct/Reconstruct.

At 5:15, Diyet, who played the Winnipeg Folk Festival in July, brings her folk-roots sound to the stage. The singer-songwriter was raised in a cabin in the Kluane region in southwestern Yukon; her lyrics reflect her Southern Tutchone, Japanese, Tlingit and Scottish roots.

Next up is Digawolf, hailing from Yellowknife, at 6:10 p.m. The trio is led by raspy-voiced Canadian Aboriginal Music Award winner Diga, who grew up in Behchoko, N.W.T., and sings in both Tlicho and English.

He also plays a mean harmonica on songs that blend roots, rock and Indigenous traditions.

Dene singer-songwriter Leela Gilday is a Juno and Western Canadian Music Award winner born and raised in Yellowknife.

At 7:15 p.m., she will turn her powerful voice to contemporary pop tunes that thoughtfully address modern Indigenous life.

Nunavut’s the Jerry Cans wowed Winnipeggers with a recent show at the West End Cultural Centre. At 8:30 p.m., the Iqaluit quintet, which often sings in Inuktitut, brings its blend of throat singing, rowdy roots-rock and alt-country to a wider audience — a taste of the contemporary North with a nod to the past.

Finally, 2014 Polaris Prize-winning singer Tanya Tagaq closes the show at 9:30 p.m. The Inuk throat singer, known for her electrifying performances and challenging lyrics, hails from Iqaluktuutiaq, Nunavut. Her most recent album, Retribution, was critically acclaimed both for its adventurous, experimental sound and its powerful political statements, and has been named to the 2017 Polaris Prize shortlist.

The nightly fireworks will take place at 10:30 p.m.

Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press Files</p><p>Throat singer Tanya Tagaq closes tonight’s show with a performance at 9:30 p.m.</p>

Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press Files

Throat singer Tanya Tagaq closes tonight’s show with a performance at 9:30 p.m.

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