Tanya Tagaq, Keynote Speaker at Folk Alliance International 2019 Conference

Tanya Tagaq

Folk Alliance International has announced Tanya Tagaq as its 2019 keynote speaker. The conference will take place February 13-17 in Montreal, Canada.

She is an acclaimed Inuk throat singer from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, in the Canadian Arctic who uses delightful, surprising vocal improvisations that connect traditional roots with contemporary culture.

Tanya is a 2014 Polaris Prize-winning recording artist (Animism), author of a 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlisted novel (Split Tooth), an actress, a painter, and has collaborated extensively with Bjork, Kronos Quartet, Shooglenifty, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

The recipient of multiple Juno Awards (Canada’s top music award) and a Canadian Folk Music Award, her work concentrates on topics ranging from food sovereignty and environmental issues to the plight of women and indigenous peoples.

Tagaq is a mother of two and a Member of the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest honors.

For more information about Tanya Yagaq, read her biography.

Author: World Music Central News Department

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