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Elisapie Isaac on stage in Montreal in August 2011.

Elisapie Isaac (also known simply as Elisapie; syllabics: ᐃᓕᓴᐱ) is a Canadian pop singer, broadcaster, documentary filmmaker and activist.[1][2] Born in Salluit, Quebec to an Inuk mother and a father from Newfoundland,[3] she performed at age twelve with the Salluit band Sugluk.[4] Isaac collaborated with instrumentalist Alain Auger in the musical project Taima (Inuktitut for "that's all" or "it is done"[5]) in the early 2000s. The band's sole album, Taima, won the Juno Award for Aboriginal Recording of the Year in 2005.

In 2010, Isaac's first solo album, There Will Be Stars, was released by Pheromone Recordings.[3] Her second solo album, Travelling Love, was released in October 2012. In the fall of 2012, she released the pop album Travelling Love, recorded simply as Elisapie. The Juno Awards mistakenly nominated her for its breakthrough artist of the year, before realizing that she had been a Juno winner in 2005, and rescinded the nomination.[6] She garnered a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Original Song at the 2nd Canadian Screen Awards for her song "Far Away", which appeared in the film The Legend of Sarila. She was nominated for the Juno Award for Indigenous Music Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2019, for The Ballad of the Runaway Girl.[7] In July 2019, the album was shortlisted for the 2019 Polaris Music Prize.[8]

Isaac has an extensive background in media production as well. When asked about her work in this medium in relation to her music she has stated "I really believe that communication and radio was really a place for me to express my inner creativity, and I love that medium. And it has helped me to be a little more aware, especially when I have to be doing interviews and have a larger vision of my work than just the artiste point of view".[9]

If the Weather Permits[edit]

Isaac's 2003 National Film Board of Canada documentary If the Weather Permits looks at the changing lifestyles of Inuit people in Nunavik. The film received several awards including the Claude Jutra Award for best new director at the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois, and the Rigoberta Menchu Prize at the First Peoples' Festival.[2][10] It is included in the 2011 Inuit film anthology Unikkausivut: Sharing Our Stories.[11]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee/Work Result Ref
2019 Polaris Music Prize Long List, Short List The Ballad of the Runaway Girl
2019 Juno Award Indigenous Music Album of the Year The Ballad of the Runaway Girl [7]
2014 Canadian Screen Award Best Original Song Far Away Nominated [citation needed]
2005 Juno Award Aboriginal Recording of the Year Taima Won [citation needed]


  1. ^ "Inuit pop, Algonquin rap, Innu reggae aim for mainstream". Agence France-Presse, October 8, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Profile: Elisapie Isaac". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Elisapie Isaac to play Iqaluit at month’s end". Nunatsiaq Online, March 8, 2010.
  4. ^ Dicknoether, Alan. "The First Talentshow Salluit: Forging a bond between generations". Above & Beyond: Canada's Arctic Journal. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
  5. ^ "Taima". Asuilaak Living Dictionary. Retrieved 2010-05-15.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Patch, Nick (28 March 2013). "Quebec singer Elisapie tries to laugh off being an ex-Juno nominee". Montreal Gazette. The Canadian Press. Archived from the original on 29 March 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  7. ^ a b "2019 JUNO Award Nominees". Juno Awards. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Dominique Fils-Aimé, Les Louanges et Elisapie nommés sur la courte liste du prix Polaris". Voir, July 16, 2019.
  9. ^ http://laparadiddle.com/2012/01/31/elisapie-a-communication//
  10. ^ "If the Weather Permits". Collection. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  11. ^ "NFB AND INUIT PARTNERS LAUNCH UNIKKAUSIVUT: SHARING OUR STORIES" (PDF). Press release. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 2 January 2012.