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Tanya Tagaq's 'Aninism' wins the Polaris Music Prize

September 23, 2014

Tanya Tagaq

Tanya Tagaq's latest release, entitled Animism, earned the ground-breaking Inuit throat singer the Polaris Music Prize for the best Canadian album of the year based on “artistic merit without regard to genre, sales history or label affiliation." The announcement was made at a gala event in Toronto on September 22, where Tagaq also took the stage for a moving performance of "Uja" backed by a 40-member choir.

Check out her performance in the YouTube video below.

Animism was up against some tough competition, with albums by Drake, Arcade Fire, YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN, and Shad in the running this year.

The award comes with a $30,000 cheque for the winner, but the main benefit is probably the media attention tied the Polaris Music Prize as music writers from across Canada not only participate in the adjudication process, but also share the stories and music of the victor far and wide.

The prize’s past winners have included Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy (Owen Pallett) (2006).

A Tribe Called Red's Nation II Nation was Short Listed in 2013 and YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN's Uzu was in the running this year.

Visit for more information about the Polaris Music Prize.