Elisapie Isaac’s mother is Inuk and her father is from Newfoundland. Her cradle: Salluit, Nunavik. For Elisapie, the North is not at the end of the earth; rather, it is at the center. “My grandfather said that in order not to get lost, we must always look to where we came from”.
Great singers are, above all, great communicators. Elisapie possesses this precious ability to instill messages with probing light onto realities that are often overlooked. She has worked in radio, television, and finally film, where she has won numerous prizes for her documentary If The Weather Permits, produced by the National Film Board.
Her album There Will Be Stars, which appeared in 2009, fits perfectly into this pattern. Following the success of her duo Taima, with guitarist and composer Alain Auger, which won the Juno prize for Aboriginal Recording of the Year in 2005, her first solo album was an eloquent portrait of the past, present, and future of her muse, the North. It takes only a few listenings to appreciate the perfect balance between depth and nature of this remarkable multidisciplinary artist.
After the release of the first album, which has sold over 25,000 copies to date, she undertook a massive, 150-date tour of Quebec. Elisapie, along with her band, traversed the country without pause for two years. And after the U.S. launch of There Will Be Stars in 2011, she made highly publicized appearances in both New York City and Los Angeles.
She who won the Ambassador Prize at the 2011 Teweikan Awards for her work throughout Canada, and released her second album, entitled Travelling Love, in autumn of 2012, which won “Album de l’année – Anglophone” at l’Adisq.
Elisapie is presently working on her third solo album that is due in 2017.