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10 Things About Tanya Tagaq

After snagging one of the most respected awards in Canadian music last night, it’s time to learn a little more about Tanya Tagaq. She’s an artist who wows with her performances and isn’t afraid to do something completely different. She had the only standing ovation at the 2014 Polaris Prize Gala. Let’s show her some more love.

Here are ten things you might not now about Tanya Tagaq:

1. Tanya has been making music since 2002.

2. Tanya Tagaq is credited with writing the theme song for the CBC television show Arctic Air.

3. She grew up in Cambridges Bay, Nunavut.

4. The style of vocals she belts out is known as “throat singing”. Throat singing is a type of singing in which the singer manipulates the resonances (or formants) created as air travels from the lungs, past the vocal folds, and out of the lips to produce a melody.
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5. Tagaq moved to Yellowknife at the age of 15 and that’s were she first started to practice the art of throat singing.

6. Tagaq shut down her Twitter account after numerous negative comments were hurled her way in response to her #sealfie picture. The #Sealfie movement is an effort to raise awareness of the Inuit seal hunt, which is completely legal. Many members of the Inuit community have been posting pictures of them with seal skins, or the like in response to Ellen Degeneres’ Academy Awards “selfie” that raised nearly $1.5 million for the Humane Society of the United States, the Humane Society and PETA.

7. She’s toured and worked closely with Bjork in the past.

8. In 2005, Tagaq’s record Sinaa was nomianted for 5 awards at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. She managed to pick up 3 of the 5 including: Best Producer/Engineer, Best Album Design and Best Female Artist.

9. She’s a two-time Juno award nominee: 2006 Aboriginal recording of the year and 2009 Aboriginal recording the year, as well as Instrumental album of the year.

10. We will be playing her Polaris Prize winning record Animism in its entirety at 11pm tonight. Tune in to the live stream.
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