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Dreamy folk-pop from Panniqtuuq, Nunavut

Spirited, honest, and soulful; these words come to mind when listening to the music of Riit (Rita Claire Mike-Murphy), a young Inuk performer who was born and raised in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, a hamlet of about 1600 residents just below the Arctic circle. A multi-talented musician, she is a throat singer, guitarist, singer, and accordionist. The singer-songwriter started honing her artistic talents early as a participant at music, theatre, and video workshops in her hometown, but she says she can’t remember a time when she didn’t play music.  Along with The Jerry Cans, Riit has shared the stage with well-known musicians like Twin Flames, Elisapee Isaac, and IVA. She has performed solo and with groups across the North at festivals like Folk on the Rocks in Yellowknife and Alianait Arts Festival in Iqaluit. Riit has also taken her talents around the world, throat singing in places as far as away as Scotland and Australia. She recently started recording and performing her original songs, which feature her unique voice and lyrics accompanied by folk guitar, at venues in Ottawa and Iqaluit. Riit is signed to Aakuluk Music and has recently released her first EP, including her hit song Imiqtaq.