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High-flying Canada Day

Myles Dolphin
Northern News Services
Published Friday, June 29, 2012

Canada Day celebrations taking place at Somba K'e Civic Plaza this Sunday will including a few death-defying stunts this year.

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Scott Jordison, left, his son Zeser, daughter Janelle and wife Kara will be performing during Canada Day celebrations taking place Sunday at Somba K'e Civic Plaza. - Myles Dolphin / NNSL photo

Scott Jordison and his team - wife Kara, son Zeser, 6, and daughter Janelle, 4 - came to Yellowknife from Montreal two years ago.

They've been performing at various events since then and even run a two-week camp every summer for eight children, teaching them acrobatics, juggling and tight-rope walking, among other skills.

Practising on a stage they built in their backyard, the Jordisons also perform chair-balancing, lassoing and clowning.

Scott and Kara got their children involved almost immediately after they were born.

"At four months I was balancing them in my hand," Jordison said.

He said he built a pole next to Zeser's loft bed when he was three and now Zeser uses the pole instead of a ladder to get into bed.

Jordison also got involved at a young age. He learned juggling, the unicycle and fire-eating from his father, who was an amateur magician.

Jordison eventually started learning it professionally and now enjoys passing down the skills to his own children.

"Since I'm 40, I live vicariously through the efforts of my children," he said. "Being able to perform as a family is fun and it allows the kids to learn skills that they can use in various aspects of their lives, such as confidence-building and co-ordination."

Norm Glowach would know a thing or two about co-ordination: the drummer for Priscilla's Revenge is also performing on Sunday with his bandmates Greg Nasogaluak and Blair Brezinski.

After six years and three albums, radio airplay both locally and nationally, the blues-rock band still runs on its original tenets.

"It's about writing and a bit of performing for us," Glowach said, adding touring is too expensive.

The band performed at last year's Canada Day celebrations with a horn section and will be playing original songs off its three albums on Sunday.

The celebrations take place between 12:30 and 5 p.m.

The Canada Day parade will begin at 11 a.m. from Ruth Inch Memorial Pool and follow Franklin Avenue.

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