ISÁK. Photo by Mads Suhr Pettersen.


Toronto, Ontario

July 8, 2022

Presented by
Harbourfront Centre

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Free Event

Traditional Sámi yoiks are pushed up against present-day pop with Sápmi band VILDÁ, followed by an electronic response in ISÁK.

Part of Harbourfront Centre’s Summer Music Concerts.


ISÁK has been a hype in Sámi music for a long time, renowned for its energetic live shows and intense presence. Since their debut in 2017, they have experienced an overwhelming response in Norway and the world.

ISÁK is a natural successor after Mari Boine, known for developing yoik and modernizing Sámi music for decades. With a new and exciting fusion of traditional yoik, urban synths and a text universe that combines both English and Sámi, ISÁK continues to push the limits of Sámi music.

The trio consists of vocalist Ella Marie Hætta Isaksen, producer Daniel Eriksen and drummer Aleksander Kostopoulos.


VILDÁ is an original blend of indigenous Sámi yoiks, grooving rhythms and improvisation. It is inspired by the Sámi people’s strong connection to nature, present-day pop and the Finnish folk tradition. The result is a unique dialogue that takes the listener on a fascinating journey to the Sámi land and the vast landscapes under the arctic hills and frosty winds.

VILDÁs debut album Vildaluodda has gained great reviews internationally and was singled out as one of the best albums of 2019 by Songlines magazine. Since then, the band has toured in Scandinavia, Canada, Spain, the UK, France and Bulgaria.

Viivi Maria Saarenkylä (accordion, live effects) is one of the most promising young Finnish accordionists. She has been awarded in many renowned competitions such as Castelfidardo and Coupe Mondiale and performed internationally. Her musical nuances are inspired by the different music cultures found worldwide.

Hildá Länsman (vocals, frame drum) was born in a small Sámi village called Ohcejohka in the northernmost municipality of Finland. Having grown up with reindeer husbandry, handicraft (duodji) and a joik (luohti) tradition which spans several generations, she connects her background with contemporary world music and academic studies.