Looee Arreak

Community: 
Iqaluit/Pangnirtung
Languages: 
English, Inuktitut
Category: 
Performer, Musician
Sub-genre: 
Music, Teacher, Traditional Inuit song (Pisiq)

Biography

Looee Arreak is an award winning Inuktitut singer-songwriter, from Pangnirtung. Looee's songs span traditional and contemporary Inuit music, as well as Gospel music and choir. Looee has performed on stages across the Canadian Arctic, equally at home performing solo, in duet with James Arreak or with her band and choir.

Looee, a prolific performing artist in her chosen field, is passionate about Inuit language preservation and creativity. She has two albums to her name and has toured all across Nunavut and Nunavik. Her music is in constant play on Inuktitut radio and is covered by young Inuktitut musicians who look up to her as a mentor. Her songs are lyrical, full of beautiful sound and capture themes of hope, strength, resilience, playfulness and a love of family and land.

Looee is now based in Iqaluit with her husband James Arreak and their six children.

Credits/experience

Recordings
  • Qulliit 2016
  • Don't Give Up 1995, Recorded as Looee Nowdlak
Live performances

Regular live performances touring through the Arctic and Canada. Festivals too numerous to list, including:

  • Alianait Festival, Nunavut
  • Aqpik Jam, Nunavik
  • Nunavut Community Festivals

In 1999, Looee was invited to sing at the signing of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, with Susan Aglukark.

Training

Looee is regularly commissioned to teach Inuit youth in Nunavut communities, and facilitates musical youth training and master workshops, through the Qaggiavuut Society.

  • Choir
  • Singing
  • Inuktitut songwriting

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