A bit of good news has emerged from the theft of a Yellowknife band's instruments from a rental van in Vancouver.
Quantum Tangle says Long & McQuade has supplied guitars to Greyson Gritt to enable him to perform two shows at the Cultch with musical partner, throat singer Tiffany Ayalik.
The stolen items included Gritt's Martin 000-28 acoustic guitar with a rosewood fretboard and 2004 Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS guitar, which has an amber body and maple neck. Gritt's pedals, a pedal board, a power supply, and microphone were also taken.
The duo will headline the True North concerts at the Cultch tonight and tomorrow and they were also able to perform yesterday in Vancouver.
Their Facebook page had this to say about the response of their friends and the music store: "Huge thank you to everyone for sharing our post about our stolen gear and for all of your support. And a MASSIVE thank you to Long & McQuade - Vancouver for getting us set up so fast for our gig this afternoon. Those are some sad smiles on Grey and Tiffany."
Gritt and Ayalik spoke to the Georgia Straight's Alexander Varty about their upcoming shows before their instruments were stolen.
Ayalik said that one piece, "Igluvut", is a "sort of a love song to the igloo".
Gritt said that another piece, "Amautalik", was inspired by a legendary story about a giantess who kept children imprisoned.
“A lot of these things have taken on even more metaphorical meaning, especially after residential schools and the generational trauma that has run through all of our families,” Gritt told Varty.
Quantum Tangle won the Juno earlier this year for Best Indigenous Album for Tiny Hands.
The True North shows at the Cultch will feature musicians from all three of Canada's northern territories.