Help our northern performers
Northern Arts and Cultural Centre
The show can't go on. But they still need you to show up.
You've been to their performances, cheered in the front row, listened to their music, connected with their art - now they need your help.
As the world responds with emergency measures to curb the spread of covid-19, live performances have stopped, and with it, the livelihood of performers who perform for a living.
NACC is asking patrons to donate to a fund to help our mentees cover living expenses through this difficult time. Government funding at the moment isn't enough.
Our goal is to raise $16,000, to give 8 mentees $2,000 each by April 8.
We have been touched by how the community has come together during this crisis.
NACC is feeling the hit from the cancellations, yes. But, our performers need your help first. Their creations have inspired us, given us comfort during difficult times, and given us the strength to push through our deepest struggles. Now, more than ever, their art gives us meaning.
Let's introduce you to the performers.
Northern Scene Performers
Karen Novak is a very busy, sought after performer, leader and role model in the industry. She is a well respected multi-talented artist and a full-time professional performer for over 20 years. She has been gracing the stages of the north for over 17 of those years.
A singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, keyboardist, classically trained organist, synthesizer specialist, producer, writer, storyteller, teacher, and visionary, she advocates for all things music. She has toured extensively across Canada, but found the stability of a house gig in Yellowknife and settled in to perform 5-7 nights per week.
Wesley Hardisty is a fiddler and composer whose music blends rock, country, folk, Celtic and Métis sounds. His passionate playing is compelling to watch, his love of music evident.
Wesley is from the Dene First Nation in the North West Territories. Largely self-taught, he took up the fiddle at age thirteen in Fort Simpson through the outreach work of the Kole Crook Fiddle Association. He attended the prestigious Gulf Islands School of Performing Arts on Saltspring Island BC.
His debut CD 12:12 won the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award for Best Fiddle CD. Just 25, he has an impressive resume with hundreds of gigs, festivals and TV performances. Wesley creates emotionally evocative music and is a soulful musician and inspiring young man.
Children's entertainer Miranda Currie writes fun, catchy, and original kid-friendly songs with a northern Indigenous flair! Miranda uses fiddle and guitar to convey through song the beauty and adventure she finds near her Yellowknife home, where she lives with her two sled dogs. Her show includes references to the Tlicho language, and songs about her favourite animal - the busy beaver! Miranda is an outdoor educator and author of 3 children's books.
Martin Rehak is a multidisciplinary artist and stand up comedian who primarily produces comedic video shorts that incorporate practical effects such as stop motion and puppetry; oftentimes designing and creating props and sets all by hand. Currently, he is writing and developing a multimedia stage performance consisting of live humouristic storytelling assisted by video projections that will take you on a journey into the absurd.
Kiera-Dawn Kolson is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist, performer, and young leader. For over 20 years Kiera-Dawn has been involved nationally and internationally in various realms of advocacy work involved in art and empowerment. Kiera-Dawn's work has focused on Indigenous people's human rights, environmental protection, cultural preservation, Indigenous women's rights/MMIW, Indigenous communities and decolonization, harm reduction and empowerment through art and culture. Kiera-Dawn is passionate about the revitalization of Indigenous heritage nationally and internationally and will continue to learn and share her heritage with the next generations so they too can live and love their gifts and heritage.
How to get involved
About the mentorship program
Every year, NACC accepts a cohort of local artists who have proven their readiness for the next stage of their professional careers. Our mentorship program has been designed to help local emerging performing artists launch their careers by providing both business and artistic support over two years.
As a mentor, NACC aims to develop the coaching and leadership skills of mentees and expose them to professional renewal through relationships with new talent. In addition, mentees can gain new perspectives on issues in different fields and broaden their network with fellow mentees and industry mentors.
The Northern Arts and Cultural Centre aims to connect mentees with professional artists who perform at NACC to commission new works, support workshops, showcase formal presentations, and help with technical and design aspects. NACC also provides a creation and rehearsal space, specialized workshops, and professional mentoring opportunities.
The facts on NACC
- Every year, NACC develops an outreach program designed to give young performers a chance to get involved in performing arts and learn skills from professional artists and industry professionals
- We make this happen through generous funding from Federal, Territorial and Municipal programs, corporate sponsorship and private donations. We have maintained a small surplus every year thanks to the support of patrons
We accomplish all of our activities with just 4 staff, a volunteer board, front of house volunteers and contractors