Arctic Winter Games 2023 open with a rockin' outdoor party at –17 C


Black night skies spread above brightly lit arches and crowds of spectators on Sunday night as the teams competing in this year’s Arctic Winter Games got their official welcome at the opening ceremony.

It was about –17 C Sunday night as athletes from the N.W.T., Nunavut and Yukon gathered outside in Fort McMurray, Alta., with fellow competitors to the sound of deafening cheers and whistles.

Blaring music, dancing lights and rousing speeches kept the energy high all evening, offsetting the winter chill. Just as the evening was winding down, The Halluci Nation took the stage to thunderous applause, ending the opening ceremony with a bang.

Earlier in the evening, the cold temperatures froze up the microphone at

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