October 23, 2017
Opening New Doors in Cape Dorset
Opening New Doors in Cape Dorset dinner was a great success. Hosted by BMO Financial Group, over 120 corporate leaders and philanthropists gathered to hear more about Cape Dorset and the new Kenojuak Centre.
After cocktails, Inuit singer Raigelee Alorut and drum dancer Morris Alorut opened dinner with a spell-bounding performance. A wonderful dinner followed with remarks from the Mayor of Cape Dorset Padlaya Qiatsuk, Vice-President of the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative Paul Kowmageak and Master Printer Qiatsuk Niviasqi, who has worked for over 40 years with Cape Dorset artists including the acclaimed Kenojuak Ashevak and Tim Pitsiulak.
The evening capped off with an exciting auction of five works by the beloved Tim Pitsiulak and an adventure for two to Arctic Wilderness Lodge, the most northerly fly-in lodge in the world, 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Nunavut.
Proceeds from the dinner and auction – over $175,000 – will go to the Kenojuak Cultural Centre building campaign to name the building’s Etching and Lithography Studio in memory of Tim Pitsiulak.
Our greatest thanks to all our guests and to those who bid high and often at the auction.
Andrew & Valerie Pringle