Iva brings you sounds from the Arctic, combining Inuktitut song with Inuit throat singing and poetry. Kathleen Ivaluarjuk Merritt also known as IVA (ee-vah) will take you on a journey through the Arctic with vocal interpretations of the wind, birds, landscape and sea. Iva is a throat-singer, poet, writer and collaborator from Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. She has performed alongside Tanya Tagaq, Susan Aglukark, Owen Pallett, DJ Spooky, Mike Stevens and the NAC Orchestra among others.
Accompanying Iva is Ptarmigan, an indie-folk band based in Toronto and Guelph. Formed in 2010 as a collaboration between old friends, the members of Ptarmigan craft dynamic and highly melodic songs inspired in equal measure by the organic and the fantastic. Emphasizing musicality, inventive songcraft, and creative dialogue between members, their music is at once experimental and familiar. Innovative use of sound and musical form is grounded in the textures and sensibilities of traditional folk music, including a focus on melody, lyrical storytelling, and skillful songwriting.