It’s not every day that a Juno Award-winning artist makes the trek all the way to Wainfleet, but ‘Fleeters will get to see a big-name Canadian act perform — for three, to boot — when the township hosts its 2022 Canada Summer Games 13 for 13 Cultural Festival event next week.
The Games, which kicked off Aug. 6 and have brought more than 5,000 athletes, coaches and managers, and volunteers from across Canada, are seeing each of Niagara’s 12 cities and towns hosting events. They will showcase the unique cultural heritage, entertainment, art and culinary experiences of different provinces and territories.
Wainfleet is hosting the Nunavut experience on Tuesday, Aug. 16, in Wainfleet Arena park at 31943 Park St. The event will feature headliner and Juno Award-winning Nunavut performer and songwriter Susan Aglukark.
The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with kids/francophone programming, followed by a performance by local artists Great Lakes Swimmers at 7 p.m. and Aglukark at 8:30 p.m.
Last fall, Wainfleet Township’s director of operations, Richard Nan, told township council that the regional Summer Games committee suggested each municipality establish their own Games committee to hold special one-day events. Nan, who sits on Wainfleet’s committee, said the committee lucked out by having one member with deep connections with the tourism and culture industry in Nunavut in the far north.
That helped pave the way for the township to land Aglukark.
Nan said the township was also moving its local farmers market from its regularly scheduled day to coincide with the 13/13 event on Aug. 16.