Polaris winner Tanya Tagaq coming to Vancouver

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Last night (Sept 22), Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq stunned the audience at the annual Polaris Music Prize gala. The annual event, which awards the best Canadian album of they year from a jury of music critics, featured performances by a number of the shortlisted artists, including Mac DeMarco and Jessy Lanza. Tagaq’s appearance received a standing ovation; she also took home the top prize, for her album Animism. She is the ninth artist to do so since the inauguration of the prize in 2005.

The good news for Vancouver is that Tagaq is coming to town for two shows at the Chan Centre at UBC, on Oct. 16 & 17. However, the shows aren’t simply concerts – they’re a mix of activism and music. 

Along with Tagaq, and her collaborator violinist Jesse Zubot, the two evenings will include activist Severn Cullis-Suzuki. Cullis-Suziki has been a public environmental activist since she was 12, is a Yale-educated scientist and a board member of the David Suzuki Foundation.

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The shows are part of the Beyond Words series and are described as “a daring conversation around the mass extinction event the globe is currently witnessing. Through lecture, dialogue and musical performance, the duo touches on our individual role in democracy; the intersection of justice, ecology, and culture – as well as the influence of women and indigenous ways of knowing, protecting and stewarding the earth in a time of profound destruction.”

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Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased at the Chan Centre box office, by phone at 604-822-2697 or through chancentre.com. The Chan Centre is located at 6265 Crescent Road.

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