Celebrated Inuk performer Tanya Tagaq employs exquisite, unnerving vocal improvisations that bridge traditional roots with contemporary culture. Her music is like nothing you’ve heard before: a contortion of punk, metal, and electronica into a complex and contemporary sound that begins in breath, a communal and fundamental phenomenon. Hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of today's most electric, transfixing performers in any genre,” Tagaq was the recipient of Canada’s prestigious Polaris Music Prize in 2014 for her album "Animism", a work that disrupted the music world in Canada and beyond with its powerfully original vision. She has also been named to the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest honors.

While 2014’s Polaris Music Prize win signaled an awakening to Tanya Tagaq’s art and messages, she has been touring and collaborating with an elite international circle of artists for over a decade. Tagaq’s improvisational approach lends itself to collaboration across genres, and recent projects have pulled her in vastly different directions: she has contributed guest vocals to a song by F**ked Up (an award-winning hardcore punk band from Toronto); premiered a composition made for Kronos Quartet’s Fifty for the Future collection; and composed a piece for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Tanya’s most recent album “Retribution” was released in fall 2016, landing on many of the year’s ‘best of’ lists, with Fader calling it “one of the most stunning records you’ll hear this year, or maybe ever.” Tagaq’s latest touring program delivers material from the album. She is joined on stage by vocal chameleon Christine Duncan along with regular collaborators drummer Jean Martin and violinist Jesse Zubot in a boundary-pushing exploration of tone, timbre, texture and the outer limits of human expression.


"One of today's most electric, transfixing performers in any genre."

Rolling Stone


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"A range of performed emotion far beyond what is often allotted to female musicians. The songs on Retribution encompass terror, rage, ecstasy, adoration and bone-leeching sadness, and they do so with a seemingly uninterrupted line of communication to their source."

NPR Music


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"Tagaq projects sounds that carry the imprint of the body’s secret contours and recesses, delving far beyond personal utterance, out beyond human identity, to summon voices from the flesh cavity haunts of animal spirits and primal energies."

The Wire


"Her voice flickers like a sonic candle, rising and fading with the music. It becomes guttural as Tagaq drops to her knees, and she chitters high and desperate as she flutters her hands about her face. She sings no discernible words - it's as if she were speaking in tongues... Her work is her way of probing that interconnectedness and providing her viewers with the relief of communion."

The Los Angeles Times


"To witness Tanya Tagaq perform live is to experience a species of primal/visceral/guttural channeling-cum-exorcism... an altogether new form."

The Toronto Star


"Fiercely contemporary... Recalling animal noises and various other nature sounds, she was a dynamo, delivering a sort of gothic sound art while she stalked the small basement stage with feral energy."

The New York Times