Tanya Tagaq

  • May 12, 2017
  • Times: Starting: 07:00 PM
  • Location: Orpheum Theatre
  • Address:
  • 800 Block Granville Street
  • Vancouver, BC V6B 2P1
  • Admission: $50-99
  • Phone: (604) 683-0222

Vancouver Opera and Music on Main present an evening with acclaimed inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq on Friday, May 12 at the Vogue Theatre for Vancouver Opera Festival

Nunavut-born Tanya Tagaq came to international attention when she appeared on superstar Björk’s 2004 Medulla album and tour. Since then she has created four albums that have all received widespread critical acclaim. 

The Polaris Prize-winning throat singer combines Inuit tradition with modern electronica, industrial, and metal influences in a riveting, visceral vocal performance that communicates a universal language.

Tagaq, who is originally from Cambridge Bay, was recently named to the Order of Canada, one of our country's highest civilian honours. She's receving the appointment for her “contributions to Canadian culture through her avant-garde Inuit throat singing.”

Her latest album Retribution was also named one of the year’s best by Rolling Stone Magazine. 

“One of today’s most electric, transfixing performers in any genre finally gets an album befitting her convulsive, full-body approach to vocals. Combining the guttural fireworks of Inuit throat singing and the avant-rock screams of performers like PJ Harvey and Yoko Ono, Tanya Tagaq is a master improviser who expertly blurs the lines between her subject matter and her organically distorted notes. As 2016’s protest records go, if the Knowles sisters brought bullets, Tagaq is bent shrapnel, hissing and gasping and screaming on venomous tirades against environmental destruction (“Retribution”), or shivering and whispering through reflections on the abuse and murder of indigenous women (a stark cover of Nirvana’s “Rape Me”). In the two months since the album was released, a global warming denier was picked to head the EPA and videos of Native American Dakota Access Pipeline protestors being harassed went viral. Retribution’s subject matter has only sharpened in focus, and Tagaq’s bloodletting voice remains potent.” – Rolling Stone

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Tanya Tagaq
800 Block Granville Street