Tanya Tagaq is one of Canada’s most celebrated and original artists. As comfortable on world stages in couture as she is steering a quad over the land in her home of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Tagaq’s complexity, originality, strength, gentleness and humor is not easily captured in word or video. With studio albums, collaborations across classical, indie rock and metal worlds, a Giller Prize long listed debut novel and countless other multi-disciplinary projects in the works, Tagaq’s art is a universe unto itself. Tagaq the person is no less a multitude of experiences, emotions and observation: with a keen mind, an open heart, and a laser-sharp ability to cut through to the quick, Tagaq shows us a way forward.
CBS 60 Minutes traveled to performances at a club in NYC, a theatre in Minneapolis, a festival in Yellowknife and to Tagaq’s home in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, to showcase the artist and human like never before. The profile, over a year in the making, aired on Sunday, May 5, 2019 and presents Tagaq as she is: an artist, an activist, a mother, a sister, a daughter.
WATCH THE SEGMENT HERE and stay tuned for more exciting news regarding this magnificent artist!