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Nunavut’s The Jerry Cans head to Toronto’s Lula Lounge

The Jerry Cans

The Jerry Cans

A jerry can is a rugged fuel container made from pressed steel. The Jerry Cans, the Nunavut-based folk-rockers, are something like that, too.

On the band's latest release, Inuusiq/Life, we hear robust roots-rock, gruff Inuk throat singing, beery Celtic punk, occasional moments of reggae and an unfortunate enthusiasm for the "Woah-oh-oh-oh" refrain that currently runs through popular music virus-like. Lyrics are mostly presented in Inuktitut, often with a sing-along invitation. It is party music, no translation required.

A hit on the summer festival circuit, the Jerry Cans tour relentlessly. It's a long way from Iqaluit to Toronto's Lula Lounge. There's plenty in this curious ensemble's tank.

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The Jerry Cans play Lula Lounge, Nov. 17, 8 p.m. $17.50 to $20. 1585 Dundas St. W., 416-588-0307 or lula.ca

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