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Choirs from St. John’s and Labrador will be performing together in Ottawa at the Unisong Choral Festival on Canada Day. (Ted Dillon/CBC) Youth choirs from St. John’s and Labrador are heading to the nation’s capital to sing a tune in Inuktikut for Canada’s 150 birthday celebrations.

The Ullugiagatsuk Choir from northern Labrador will be joined by the Shallaway Youth Choir to perform Music of the Land , a piece that was commissioned by Newfoundland composer Kathleen Allan, at the Unisong Choral Festival on July 1 in Ottawa.

​It’s a unique opportunity for both choirs — and one they aren’t taking lightly. On Tuesday, they were busy rehearsing for the big day in St. John’s. Megan Dicker, from Nain, sings with the Ullugiagatsuk Choir from northern Labrador. (Ted Dillon/CBC) Nain’s Megan Dicker, 18, said it’s been a unique opportunity to perform in Inuktikut with a choir that’s not accustomed to the language.

"I think patience is the key. As long as you’re patient you can do anything," she said. "We are just trying to share our voices with everybody else so we can be united."

Her choir is comprised of youth from six different Labrador communities who get together twice a year to practice and perform.

"We are all very well connected, so when we get together, it’s smooth." Sharing cultures

For Shalloway’s Claire Donnan, 13, singing with the Ullugiagatsuk Choir has been a great way to become familiar with a new language and meet new people.

"It’s very interesting to learn Inuktitut because in Newfoundland we don’t get many opportunities to learn it," she said. "It’s just as important to our culture as English is." Claire Donnan, from St. John’s, says she’s enjoyed getting to know members of the Labrador choir. (Ted Dillon/CBC) Kellie Walsh, Shalloway’s artistic director, said she pushed hard to have Music […]

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