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John K. Samson, Nikki Komaksiutiksak, Curtis Walker: Keewatin Arctic

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Keewatin ArcticToday on the Dose we bring you a unlikely collaboration of Canadian artists of three differing genres, and a beautiful song they quickly put together in one day.

Every Wednesday for 16 weeks, 3 musicians showed up at MCM Studios in Winnipeg. They didn’t know who else would be arriving. They only knew that over the course of one evening they would have to get to know each other, write, record and mix one song. And that song would be made available for download the following morning.

It was a risky proposition – putting musicians on the hot seat while putting the listener closer to the moment of creation than ever before. It could’ve been an embarrassing disaster.

But under the guidance of producer/musician/engineer Mike Petkau, all 16 turned out to be inspired and inspiring works celebrating the depth, diversity and passion of the Winnipeg music community. Petkau put together increasingly challenging combinations – revelling in the role of creative puppeteer and excited by the thought of what some of his favorite local musicians might make if spontaneously put into a room with each other. The ROTW Club captured the musical imagination of Winnipeg, and the compilation CD has been prepared to now capture the imagination of the rest of Canada.

The project includes members of The Weakerthans, The Waking Eyes, Novillero, Nathan, Chic Gamine, Moses Mayes, BurnThe8Track, Twilight Hotel, Mahogany Frog and many more. The Weakerthans’ John K Samson was paired with Inuit throat singer Nikki Komaksiutiksak and electronic artist Blunderspublik for what has become inarguably the Club’s most popular song (Keewatin Arctic) – being downloaded around the world.

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