The Polaris Music Prize debuted its second collaboration session yesterday, which featured the incredible pairing of 2015 winner Buffy Sainte-Marie, and 2014 winner Tanya Tagaq. The song, You Got to Run (Spirit of the Wind) was written by Sainte-Marie and inspired by champion dogsled racer George Attla. You can listen now on Stingray Music and YouTube.
The purpose behind the Polaris Collaboration Sessions is to bring two nominees together to create a brand new piece of music. As this was the first time that Tagaq and Sainte-Marie had worked together, this project also gives music fans the chance to see collaborations they wouldn’t necessarily get the chance to experience.
“It reminded me of growing up in Nunavut,” explains Tagaq. “Sometimes when things get difficult you have to pick yourself up, you can’t let things bring you down. You could take it to be an anti-suicide message. I really appreciate its powerful lyrics.”
Born and raised in MTL, I spent most of my teens and early 20’s working in the music industry. I made the permanent move to Toronto in 2013 where I joined the team at the Canadian Independent Music Association as the Music Export Assistant. I spend my days working with and promoting incredible indie Canadian artists and companies across the world.
Music journalism and photography have been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember, as I jumped on board Confront Magazine a few years after it formed and ran it as the Editor-in-Chief for 7 years, right up until its recent closure.
I love to spend my spare time running to and from concerts, cheering on my hockey team (Go Habs!) and getting lost in nature whenever I can.