Kathy’s Biography

An Inuk of Kangiqsualujjuaq, Nunavik, Kathy Kettler began performing as an Inuit cultural performer in 2000. She has lived most of her life in Eastern Ontario, and through friends, family, and Elders has nurtured a strong connection to the Inuit culture. Through drumming and throat singing, age-old Inuit forms of entertainment, Kathy has been able to learn about and carry on an important part of her own heritage.

“[For throat singing,] I would practice my breathing while I walked around town. It was perfect way to practice because I would time my breathing to each step I took,” Kathy recalls.

Ms. Kettler has performed throughout Canada and internationally, both individually with other people and with her sister, Karin, for audiences which have included the Governor General and former Prime Minister of Canada, Jean Chrétien. Maestro Boris Brott, Symphony Conductor and Motivational Speaker, has called her “a wonderful artist and communicator,” and the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals has commented upon the “joy, tradition and sense of play” brought by the Kettler sisters to their work, both “on- and off-stage.”

Her singing is featured on the 2001 Throat Singing Conference CD with her sister, and on the 2002 National Archives of Canada exhibition soundtrack, “Where Are the Children: Healing the Legacy of Residential Schools.”

She currently resides in Ottawa, Ontario.

Kathy’s Accomplishments

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