After catching Debbie Harry's attention and charming audiences in Quebec and abroad with Ummatti Attanarsimat (Heart of Glass), her cover of the Blondie classic, Elisapie returns today with Taimangalimaaq (Time After Time), an Inuktitut adaptation of Cyndi Lauper's famous hit. The Inuk singer also announces her next album, Inuktitut, to be released via Bonsound on September 15th, 2023.
Like her previous single, Taimangalimaaq (Time After Time) was inspired by a childhood memory of Elisapie, this time associated with her aunt Alasie and her cousin Susie:
If I was able to get through my pre-teen years, it was thanks to my Aunt Alasie, as my mother had neither the knowledge nor the experience to give me a crash course on puberty, fashion or social relationships. In addition to entering a new chapter in my life, we were in the midst of the 80's and modernity was shaking up our traditional methods. My mother’s generation had lived in Igloos, and the cultural changes were too swift.
Despite her struggles, my aunt ensured I felt accepted and exposed me to new and modern things like TV, clothes, dancing, Kraft Dinner and make-up!
Whenever I went to my aunt's house, I was in awe of my older girl cousins. They were all so cool and stylish, and they loved pop music and the crazy makeup of the 80s and early 90s. One of my favourite memories is listening to the radio with them and hearing Cyndi Lauper's Time After Time for the first time. It was like a lightning bolt, and I couldn't separate the song or the artist from my older cousin Susie. For me, the song was all about her search for beauty, connection, love, and rising above pain.
Available for pre-order (vinyl, CD and digital) as of today, Inuktitut is Elisapie's fourth solo album. It's an album of covers that sprouted in the artist's mind in the winter of 2021, when songs – by Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Blondie, Fleetwood Mac, Metallica, Queen, Cyndi Lauper and many other artists who once resounded in the confines of Quebec's Great North – triggered a flood of tears. Many of these songs provided an escape from a context where cultural and community references were being challenged in the face of colonization. Thus, Elisapie began an archaeological mental process: finding songs associated with memories filled with emotions and people from her past. Then followed a second, more prosaic quest: obtaining permission from the original artists to translate and adapt the songs that are now on the album.
With these 10 covers of rock & roll and pop music classics ranging from the 1960’s to the 90’s, translated into Inuktitut, Elisapie reinvigorates the poetry of these songs thanks to the raw sound of this thousand-year-old Inuit language, giving each track a unique and deeply personal quality. Every song is linked to a loved one or an intimate story that has shaped the person Elisapie is today. Through this act of cultural reappropriation, she tells her story, offers these songs as a gift to her community, and makes her language and culture resonate beyond the borders of the Inuit territory.
After announcing Uvattini, a special live performance that combines music, narration and video which will take place in Montreal and Québec City in December 2023, Elisapie now announces a tour that will take place in 2024.
06/10/2023 Val-Morin, QC - Théâtre du Marais
07/12/2023 Montréal, QC - Usine C (Uvattini)
08/12/2023 Montréal, QC - Usine C (Uvattini)
21/12/2023 Québec City, QC - Salle Louis-Fréchette - Grand Théâtre de Québec (Uvattini)
18/01/2024 Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC - Salle Albert-Dumouchel
19/01/2024 Brossard, QC - Le Club DIX30
20/01/2024 Sherbrooke, QC - Théâtre Granada
24/01/2024 Joliette, QC - Centre culturel Desjardins
25/01/2024 Gatineau, QC - Salle Jean-Despréz
26/01/2024 Chambly, QC - Pôle culturel de Chambly
27/01/2024 Châteauguay, QC - Pavillon de l'Île
31/01/2024 Longueuil, QC - Théâtre de la Ville - Salle Pratt & Whitney Canada
01/02/2024 Mont-Laurier, QC - Espace Théâtre Muni-Spec
02/02/2024 Saint-Jérôme, QC - Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault
07/02/2024 Drummondville, QC - Maison des Arts Desjardins
08/02/2024 Victoriaville, QC - Carré 150 - Cabaret Guy-Aubert
09/02/2024 Sorel-Tracy, QC - Salle Georges-Codling
10/02/2024 Waterloo, QC - Maison de la culture de Waterloo
15/02/2024 Saint-Eustache, QC - Le Zénith Promutuel Assurance
16/02/2024 Mont-Tremblant, QC - L'Église du Village
17/02/2024 Sainte-Geneviève, QC - Salle Pauline-Julien
22/02/2024 Repentigny, QC - Théâtre Alphonse-Desjardins
23/02/2024 Shawinigan, QC - Salle Philippe-Filion
24/02/2024 Laval, QC - Salle André-Mathieu
01/03/2024 Lévis, QC - L'Anglicane
02/03/2024 Thetford-Mines, QC - Le Vitrail
02/05/2024 Lachine, QC - L'Entrepôt
09/05/2024 Val-d'Or, QC - Théâtre Télébec
10/05/2024 La Sarre, QC - Salle Desjardins
11/05/2024 Ville-Marie, QC - Théâtre du Rift
14/11/2024 Terrebonne, QC - Théâtre du Vieux-Terrebonne
15/11/2024 Saint Damien, QC - Maison de la culture de Bellechasse
16/11/2024 Saint-Casimir, QC - Les Grands Bois
21/11/2024 Sainte-Thérèse, QC - Théâtre Lionel-Groulx
22/11/2024 Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, QC - Théâtre Le Patriote
23/11/2024 LaSalle, QC - Théâtre Desjardins
29/11/2024 Saint-Hyacinthe, QC - Cabaret André-H.-Gagnon du Centre des arts Juliette-Lassonde
30/11/2024 Trois-Rivières, QC - Salle Anaïs-Allard-Rousseau