“The North is not at the other end of the world. It’s at the heart of mine.”
Through myriad projects, Elisapie has established herself as a true Inuit icon. She was first discovered in 2003 as the director of her documentary If the Weather Permits, a film which thrust viewers into her own origin story. The following year, she released her first album with the duo Taima, winning a Juno Award for Indigenous Music Album of the Year. She has since released two solo albums, There Will be Stars (2009) and Travelling Love (2013). The most recent one was awarded a Félix for Anglophone Album of the Year.
In September 2018, Elisapie has released her fourth album (nominated at Junos), The Ballad of the Runaway Girl, through Bonsound and Yotanka. In the self-doubt that arose from a tumultuous postpartum depression, Elisapie found comfort and hope in ancient Indigenous folk tunes. Though she was planning to release a full album of these covers, exploring traditional music has brought to light a whole new source of inspiration.
Elisapie ended up designing a genuine work of art by intertwining pieces of her own intimate story, such as her adpoption, her exodus and the role of women in society. The Ballad of the Runaway Girl is a poetic gesture driven by urgency, doubt, gentleness, sensitivity, grace and motherly love.