The Jerry Cans
The Jerry Cans (Inuktitut: ᐸᐃ ᒑᓚᖃᐅᑎᒃᑯᑦ, Pai Gaalaqautikkut) are a band from Iqaluit, Nunavut who combine traditional Inuit throat singing with folk music and country music. Their music is largely written in Inuktitut, the indigenous language of the Inuit people, with lyrics which "reflect the challenges and beauty of life in the Far North". Their 2016 album, Inuusiq/Life, was released on Aakuluk Music, Nunavut's first record label, which the band's members established in 2016 "to support Inuit and Indigenous musicians".
The Jerry Cans
|Also known as||ᐸᐃ ᒑᓚᖃᐅᑎᒃᑯᑦ,|
|Genres||folk music, alternative country, Inuit music|
The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Andrew Morrison, vocalist and accordionist Nancy Mike, violinist Gina Burgess, bassist Brendan Doherty and drummer Steve Rigby. The band's name derives from Rigby once trying to build a drum set out of old jerrycans.
Morrison, the band's lead singer, was not fluent in Inuktitut prior to becoming romantically involved with Mike. The couple later formed the band with Doherty and Rigby, while Burgess, originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia and also a member of Gypsophilia, joined the band after visiting Iqaluit on a cultural exchange program between the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts and the Iqaluit Fiddle Ensemble.
Their debut album, Nunavuttitut, was released in 2012.
The band were locally successful in their early years, but began to attract wider mainstream attention after Tanya Tagaq won the Polaris Music Prize in 2014, increasing the visibility and commercial viability of Inuit throat singing. Their third album Inuusiq/Life, released in 2016, was produced by Michael Phillip Wojewoda. They have toured extensively, including across Canada and festival dates in Australia and New Zealand.
In 2017, the band released an Inuttitut-language cover of The Tragically Hip's "Ahead by a Century". In the same year, they organized the first Nunavut Music Week as a platform to showcase musicians from the territory.
In 2013, Mike won the Canadian Folk Music Award for Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year at the 9th Canadian Folk Music Awards. In 2015, the band garnered two nominations at the 11th Canadian Folk Music Awards, for Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year and Pushing the Boundaries.
The band received Juno Award nominations for Breakthrough Group of the Year and Contemporary Roots Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2018. They performed their song "Ukiuq" live at the televised ceremony, with a collective of supporting musicians from Nunavut including Josh Qaumariaq, Avery Keenainak and James Ungalaq.
The Jerry Cans wrote a children's board book in 2017 titled Mamaqtuq! (ISBN 9781772271447) based on their song of the same name. Mamaqtuq! is bilingual, written in Inuktitut and English, and is illustrated by Eric Kim.
- Nunavuttitut (ᓄᓇᕗᑦᑎᑐᑦ) (2012)
- Aakuluk (ᐋᑯᓗᒃ) (2014)
- Inuusiq/Life (ᐃᓅᓯᖅ) (2016)
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- "The Jerry Cans northern life". The Coast, November 17, 2016.
- "The Jerry Cans challenge mainstream music norms by sticking to their roots". Q, December 5, 2016.
- "The Jerry Cans bring Inuk roots-rock to Ottawa". Ottawa Citizen, March 19, 2015.
- "We Are Going to Be the Change": Nunavut Band the Jerry Cans Bring Hope and Inuk Perspective to 'Inuusiq/Life'. Exclaim!, November 9, 2016.
- "The true North, strong and musical". Toronto Star, November 16, 2016.
- "The Jerry Cans bring the sounds of Canada to Womad". Taranaki Daily News, March 19, 2016.
- "The Jerry Cans Share Inuttitut Cover of the Tragically Hip's "Ahead by a Century". Exclaim!, June 29, 2017.
- Ben Rayner, "Juno Awards underdog the Jerry Cans drawing eyes and ears to music of the North". Metro, March 25, 2018.
- Breuderlin, Barbara. "The Jerry Cans/Pai Gaalaquatikkut". National Music Centre. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
- "Nunavut's Jerry Cans nominated for 2 Canadian Folk Music Awards". CBC North, September 10, 2015.
- "Arcade Fire and Daniel Caesar lead 2018 Juno Award nominations". CBC Music, February 6, 2018.