Countdown to Polaris – Tanya Tagaq

Photo Credit: Emily Plunkett

The 2017 Polaris Music Prize shortlist has been announced. To celebrate, let’s here’s a weekly look back at the nominees.

Week Nine: Tanya Tagaq – Retribution

Fierce, determined and uncompromising; Tanya Tagaq’s Retribution invokes nothing but the strongest emotions from the very spirit that governs her journey as one of Canada’s most unique, unexpected and powerful voices of the 21st century.

While her 2014 Polaris Music Prize-winning album Animism is the discussion of environmentalism through the eyes of Mother Earth and wildlife found throughout the vast Canadian landscapes; Retribution is the discussion of the emotional toll of the extremely human experience in relation to all of our environments that we face on a day to today basis.  With it’s inspiration coming from an array of varied places, such as the loss in the context of Inuit culture (“Ajaaja”), the shame of a woman’s cycle (“Centre”, featuring vocals by rapper Shad) and even the concept of covering another artist’s song in a way that gives the already powerful track additional context (Nirvana’s “Rape Me”).

Tanya Tagaq’s body of work is powerful and passionate and has a reach that knows no boundaries; and with Retribution, her message is heard loud and clear.

Tagaq is scheduled to perform at the Polaris Music Prize gala on September 18, alongside Lisa LeBlanc, Lido Pimienta, Leif Vollebekk, and Weaves.

Born and raised with thoughts and aspirations of becoming a famous bassist in Sarnia, ON; Emily Plunkett now lives in Gatineau, QC, and considers National Capital Region home sweet home. A product of the Beatles, MuchMusic and the Southwestern Ontario summer festival circuit (circa 2000), her interest and love in concert photography came almost completely by accident when her journalism program at Algonquin College required courses in photojournalism (and she quickly realized that photos taken at concerts using a DSLR are enormously better than ones she was taking on a point-and-shoot she bought for a trip to England). She is extremely proud of the fact she has seen Sloan in some form or another 25 times.

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