Throat Singer Tanya Tagaq Among Latest Order of Canada Recipients

Nunavut-based throat singer trying to bring awareness to important subjects

Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq was one of 100 recipients of the Order of Canada last week.

The 41-year-old Nunavut-based artist earned praise from all corners of the music world for her 2016 album Retribution. Tagaq’s never been afraid to try something different and her work often centres around themes that some people find uncomfortable. This is what makes her an important artist.

“I wanted to draw a line with non-consensual land grabs and non-consensual, non-renewable resource development and the day-to-day horrors we inflict on each other and in particular, women,” Tagaq told Pitchfork of her 2016 release.

It’s great to see Tagaq recognized for her work.

“I’m a very peaceful, lasagna, Betty Crocker mom when I’m not on stage,” the singer told the Canadian Press in an interview.

“I’m not into happy, pretty, sweet art that I can eat with a spoon. There’s a correlation between the sounds that I am making that are ‘strange or ugly’ and rampant child abuse in Nunavut. You have to be able to put those two things together.”

Others named recipients of the Order of Canada in this latest round include Michael Ignatieff and children’s author Jan Andrews.