Susan Aglukark Keeps Crossing Genres With Tikitaummata

The award-winning Inuk artist blends jazz, pop and more on her latest single.

Susan Aglukark gets into another new musical groove with her latest single Tikitaummata — showcasing today on Tinnitist.

The latest single from the Inuk singer-songwriter’s most recent album The Crossing, Tikitaummata is a superb blend of sounds and styles. The jazz-infused pop piece features a flowing rhythm that supports a gentle acoustic guitar, classic-sounding Hammond organ and even Santana-style electric guitar work — as Aglukark’s breezy Inuit vocals bounce along over top of it all.

Of course, that sort of seemingly effortless musical synthesis is nothing new for Aglukark. Since releasing her debut album Arctic Rose in 1992, she has remained one of Canada’s most extraordinary artists, blending Inuktitut, English and Indigenous languages in her lyrics. Born in Churchill, Man., raised in Arviat, Nunavu and now residing in Oakville, Ont., Aglukark draws on her rich heritage to produce a unique musical mix.

Released in April, The Crossing — her 10th studio album — relates the story of what her Inuit ancestors’ experience might have been, and why we should listen to it from the Inuit perspective.

“Writing this album through our contemporary Inuit lens has been a lesson in belonging,” says Aglukark. “As we correct the narrative, we are also finding puzzle pieces in our own healing journeys — and what a privilege it is to have this platform to share these lessons from.”

In 2022, Aglukark’s other passion — improving the lives of children and youth in Northern Indigenous communities — was recognized when she received the 2022 Humanitarian Award at the 51st annual Junos. Her Arctic Rose Foundation supports Northern Inuit, First Nations, and Metis youth through Indigenous-led creative and cultural projects.

“It is an honour to receive this award, and a privilege to have had the opportunity to help create safe spaces for Northern Inuit and Indigenous youth to explore their own potential and forge connections through Indigenous-led programs,” she says. “I am proud of the work our team at the Arctic Rose Foundation has achieved so far and look forward to expanding our footprint across the North to bring more culturally-grounded, adaptable programming to young people, and help engage, support, and inspire them in all aspects of their lives.”

Listen to Tikitaummata above, hear The Crossing below, and follow Susan Aglukark to her website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.