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Johnny Reid gains more fans in Cambridge Bay

Performer Johnny Reid left a lasting impression and captured some hearts during his concerts in Cambridge Bay on Feb. 9 and 10.

Singing sensation Johnny Reid takes a seat inside an artificial iglu located in Cambridge Bay’s May Hakongak Community Library. “He was trying to look frozen and then he cracked up,” librarian Pam Langan said.
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He also offered to act as an ambassador for Cambridge Bay, raising the community’s profile on the national stage, said Pam Langan, librarian at the May Hakongak Community Library.

She watched Reid interact with excited youth while visiting the library.

“The students were looking through the window so Johnny Reid went over and took pictures with all the kids,” Langan said. “He came in and he was really kind to everybody. He stayed around and shook everybody’s hand and was taking as many pictures as he could with the community…. He’s really super nice.

“He just loves the people up here. He said it reminds him of home in Scotland. He said (local residents) were so kind and welcoming to his group,” she added.

Reid, whose performances were arranged in conjunction with the Kitikmeot Trade Show, said he’d like to return to Cambridge Bay someday, according to Langan.

“I said, ‘Oh, we’ll get you back somehow,” she said, laughing. Then she suggested that an outdoor concert for Nunavut Day would be a good idea because a much larger crowd could enjoy the festivities.

Ronald Angohiatok takes singer Johnny Reid for a snowmobile ride around Cambridge Bay. Reid held concerts in the community on Feb. 9 and 10 in conjunction with the Kitikmeot Trade Show. contributed photo