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11TuesdayJanuary212014FurfashionshowbringsoutFortSmithswildsideGoneWildcelebrationputsspotlightonhistoryandcultureByMEAGANWOHLBERGAllittookwasapresentfromSantatosparkoneofFortSmithsmosthotlyan-ticipatedeventsoftheyearlookingtocelebratethecom-munitystalentshistoryandculturethroughoneiconicitemfur.Patti-KayHamiltonsaidshereceivedasealskinandwhitefoxfurhatasaChrist-masgiftthisyearwhichasaformertrapperherselfim-mediatelyinspiredadesiretohonourthetrappinglifestyleandthebeautiful-anduseful-goodsitproduces.InamatterofdaysshehadteamedupwithfriendMarnieVilleneuveandthersteverGoneWildfurfashionshowwasbornmeanttomakethelinksbetweenthecommuni-tyspastandpresentandhon-ourthesubsistencetrapperswhoseworkhasundeniablyledtothecreationofwhatisessentiallywearableart.Iknowpeoplewhohavebeentrappingforover75yearslikePiKennedyHamiltonshared.Hetrapslynxhetrapsmartenbuthesneverseenalynxoramartencoat.SoIwanthimsittinginthatfrontseatwhenthefurcoatscomeout.Hesveryexcited.TheideahastrulygonewildsaysHamiltonjustthethoughtofputtingonafashionshowhasquicklymorphedintoanentireeveningofcelebra-tionrepletewithfoodmusiceducationalboothsandmer-rymaking-avolunteereffortbyapowerhouseofcommit-tedladiesinthecommunity.AEuropeanstylefarmersmarketteemingwithartistsvendorsandbuskerswillkickoffthecelebrationinvitingthecommunitytotakepartincelebratingtheNorthernwildernessandtakeabiteoutofadeliciousbannockburgertosupportthelocalfoodbank.Afterthefairtheredcarpetswillrolloutandthemainevent-thefash-ionshowfeaturingNWTfurandmodels-willtakethestagefusingtraditionalwithcontemporarypiecesofclothingtogiveabroadsamplingoftheversatilityoffurasbothbeautifulandpractical.Itsnotjustforthein-dustrythatcreatesluxuryitems.Peopleusethefursthemselves.Youthinkabouthowwarmtheyarethisishowpeoplelivedforgener-ationssaidanotheroftheeventsorganizersJanieHo-bart.AllofushavesometietoitandwhetherwerestilldoingitornotIthinkthatweshouldrecognizethepeoplethatare...Itsanoccupationanditsanhonourableone.Theeveningwillcometoanendatthecurlingclubloungewithawinetastingandwildmeatappetizersoi-reewhichHobartsaidisalsomeanttocelebratethelandanditsharvesters.Alotofpeoplethinkbe-causetheyliveinaveryurbanenvironmentthatanimalsareonlytrappedfortheirfursandtheydontrecognizethatitisawayoflivingbutalsoallpartsoftheanimalareusedanditfeedsfamiliesshesaid.Asidefromfurandfoodtheeveningwillalsofeatureliveperformancesbylocalmusicians.Itsarealcelebrationofourcommunityandourpeopleandwherewecomefromanditsalsosomethingthatwetakeforgrantedbe-causeitsjustsomuchpartofoureverydaylife-andyetitisreallyuniqueVil-leneuvesaid.Wehavere-allymodernizedpeoplewhostillincorporatetraditionintotheirlifestyles.BesidesbeingareectionofthecommunityVille-neuvesaidtheeventisalsoawaytocounternegativeandfalserepresentationsoftheNorthernfurindustryputforthbycelebritieslikePa-melaAndersoninthemediawhichdoalotofdamagetopeoplewhotrapasasourceofincome.Ifpeopledontknowthetruthsorarenteducatedintheeldthentheyllbelievewhatevertheyhear.BecauseAndersonssomesortofacelebrityshegetscoverageanditsnotrightanditsnottrue.Somywholephiloso-phyisifyoudontheartwosidestoanissueyoudontknowthatyouhaveachoiceinwhattobelieveVille-neuvesaid.TheeventisscheduledtotakeplaceonFeb.22attheFortSmithRecCentre.Tick-etswhichareexpectedtoselloutquicklywillgoonsaleFeb.1attheRustyRavenAnnasHomeCookingandNorthernMac-ski-toe.Allproceedswillbedirectedtolocalcharity.FormoreinformationcontactHam-iltonatpkayhamgmail.comor867-621-0804.PhotoMeaganWohlbergLefttorightfur-friendlyfashionistasJanieHobartMarnieVilleneuveandPatti-KayHamiltonmodelsomeoftheitemstobeproudlydisplayedattheupcomingGoneWildevent.ArtsCultureFashionSecondannualmusicconferencelinksNWTartistsOrganizerconcernedartistsmissoutonfundingopportunitiesByMARIACHURCHOrganizersoftheGreatNorthernMusicConferenceasmusiciansthemselvesknowthatmakinganameforyourselfintheNWTmusicscenehasauniquesetofchallenges.ItwaswiththatinmindthatthesecondannualmusicconferenceheldinYellow-knifelastweekfocusedonprofessionaldevelopmenttogiveNorthernmusiciansachancetonetworkandlearnhowtogrowtheircareers.ThisyearIwilladmitIhavequiteafewpeoplecominginfromthesouthbutwhenyouarestartingtobuildsomethingyouhavetobuildoutwardbeforeyoucanbuildwithinsaidMikeFilipowitschexecutivedi-rectorofMusicNWTandconferenceorganizer.Imbringingupsomeexpertisethatdoesntexistupheresowebuildcapacityandknow-howandinterest.Peoplecannetworksotheycanknowthesepeoplefacetofacetomakeitalittlelessdauntingwhenpeoplegotoapplyforfundinghesaid.TheconferenceranWednesdaytoSaturdaylastweekinYellowknifeandcoveredeverythingfrommakingmusictoselfmanagementandfunding.TheagendaincludedatalkwithsocialmediaexpertBrianThompsonamarketingconsultantfromVancouverwhose101talkgaveconferencegoersarundownoftheburgeoningsocialmediaself-marketingopportu-nityformusicians.Theconferencealsoin-cludedapaneldiscussionfeaturingDigawolfPatBradenandLeelaGildayallsuccessfulmusiciansfromtheNWTaboutwhatitmeanstobeamusicianintheNorth.FilipowitschsaidtheNWTsoutdoorsyenviron-mentisundoubtedlyanin-spirationformostartists.Formeitsthegeog-raphyoftheplacewherewearelocatedhesaid.Ithinkenvironmentreallyplaysaroleineveryoneinhowitshapesyouyoursenseofplaceandyoursenseofbelonging.ButatthesametimehesaidtheterritorysisolationmakesittrickyforartiststonetworkintheCanadianmusicindustry.Itmakesitreallydif-ficultbecauseyoureallyneedtoharnesscertainskillsets.Socialmediaandtheinternetcanbeyourbestfriendswhenyoucanttravelbecausetravel-ingcostssomuchmoneyFilipowitschsaid.MoneyisalsomoreofanissuesinceNorthernmusicassociationsarenotastunedintofundingop-portunitieshesaid.Wehaventhadanyart-istsinthelastIdontevenknowwhenfundedbyFACTORtheFoundationtoAssistCanadianTalentonRecordsintheNWTsoweremissingoutonalargepoolofmoneyFil-ipowitschsaid.MusicNWThasbeenflyingundertheradarofCanadasmajorfund-ingorganizationshesaidbuteventsliketheGreatNorthernMusicConfer-encearebabystepstoputtingNorthernartistsinthespotlight.RepresentativesfromtheCanadaCouncilfortheArtsaswellasDun-canMcKiethepresidentofFACTORwereflowninfortheconferenceandamixereventonFridaygaveattendeesachancetominglewithpotentialfuturefunders.Thefactthattheyarecominguphereisgreat.ItsanopportunityforthemtoseeYellowknifemeettheartistsandIhopetheycomeeveryyearFilipow-itschsaid.AlreadylookingtonextyearsconferenceFilip-owitschsaidhehopestobeworkingwithmusicassocia-tionsintheYukonandNun-avutwiththegoalofhold-ingapan-territorialmusicconference.Withthelargerpooloftal-enthewouldliketoseemoreNorthernguestspeakersandexpertssharingtheirsecretstoprofessionaldevelopment.PhotoRachelMacNeillArtsCultureMusicLeelaGildayisoneofafewmusiciansfromtheNWTwhosharedherstoryatthesec-ondannualGreatNorthernMusicConferenceinYellowknifelastweek.