Was This the Most Northerly Gig in History?

It’s dark at the top of the world.  At 82 degrees north, the sun hasn’t risen for months. It’s enough to drive anyone crazy.

That’s why members of the Canadian Armed Forces at the tip of Ellesmere Island were recently treated to a concert.  All performers had to be flown in via military transport. The CBC reports:

The Royal Canadian Air Force calls it the “most northerly concert in the world,” when twice a year a Hercules cargo aircraft carries musicians to Alert.The Canadian Forces station is at the tip of Ellesmere Island, north of the 82nd parallel.

Performers at December’s concert included Patricia Conroy, Hayley McLean, Shaun Verreault, members of the band Atlantic Crossing and comedian Will Davis.

Since military personnel serve six-month deployments in the isolated station, the musicians had a captive and appreciative audience.

Master Seaman Shane Barker, who is also a mess manager, says the live music is a big morale boost for the 67 people stationed there and helps break up the long dark days of winter.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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