The Jerry Cans are the coolest band this side of Iqaluit, but only when touring. During the rest of the year, they're probably the coolest band in Iqaluit and are garnering both fans and headlines around the world, all while singing in Inuktitut -- the Inuit language spoken in the central and eastern Canadian arctic. With the amount of attention the band is getting, they're downright frozen (OK, I'm done now).
Their current tour schedule is taking them to Europe and also to Australia -- about as far from the Canadian Arctic as you can get while still playing gigs to paying (and usually adoring) audiences.
The best part (from this website's perspective) is that three members of the band are Trent alumni. Brendan Doherty, Andrew Morrison, and Steve Rigby all went to school here -- with Steve wrapping up his education at Fleming College.
The high profile band were recently guests on CBC's Q. You can check out that show here.
While you're at it, check out their video for "Iqaluit" from their album Nunavuttitut.
From the Jerry Cans' Website:
The fast rising northern stars, The Jerry Cans, create music inspired by their hometown of Iqaluit, Nunavut. With their unique mix of Inuktitut alt-country, throat singing, and reggae, the Jerry Cans are a distinctly northern, one-of-a-kind group. The band perform many of their songs in Inuktitut and are passionate about preserving the language even as the north and their home community of Iqaluit evolve. They are committed to representing northerners and to challenging common misperceptions they have encountered about life in the Arctic; their music evokes the contemporary north and the spirited people that reside there. It is not only the political motives, but their rapidly developing reputation for getting elders and young people dancing, that has forced people to start noticing this high-energy group. This truly unique band will take you on a stroll through the streets of Iqaluit to share a glimpse of life in Arctic.
We've reached out to the Jerry Cans and hope to feature a podcast interview and TRENT Magazine feature soon.