“But we definitely are utilizing and incorporating northern artists throughout the games in other facets.”
He says it’s mainly artists from the Northwest Territories featured in the opening and closing ceremonies and cultural events during the Games. “It would really help our people and show the rest of the world that they are being supported.”
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Earlier this month the Arctic Winter Games released a promo of the chosen song — Be the Ones by Serena Ryder, who is from Ontario. “There was an interest in the North from Serena Ryder and so it was a good fit for us,” Shafer said. The song ‘Be the Ones’ was originally written for those games. “Could not find a talented circumpolar artist to represent the Arctic?” Kelly Fraser, a singer and songwriter from Sanikiluaq, posted on Facebook. Ryder will not be performing at the Games, which begin on March 18 and are taking place in Hay River and Fort Smith. Serena Ryder performs during the closing ceremony of the Pan Am Games in 2015. The Games will get a portion of the profits from its iTunes sales. “I really wish they would just hire someone in the Arctic,” she told CBC. (Julio Cortez/The Associated Press)
Fraser said she’s a fan of Ryder’s work, but she hopes the Arctic Winter Games will try to hire someone from the Arctic at future games. Northern artists will be featured, AWG says
Todd Shafer, general manager of the AWG 2018 host committee, says the committee reached out to a specific group of artists and Ryder responded. A Nunavut songwriter is “disappointed” that this year’s Arctic Winter Games will have a theme song by an artist from outside the circumpolar world.