After absolutely stunning the gala crowd with a show-stopping performance, Tanya Tagaq took home the Polaris Prize for the best Canadian album of 2014.
As determined by a group of selected journalists, bloggers, media personalities, and industry folk, Tagaq’s record Amimism beat out higher profile albums from the likes of Drake, Owen Pallet, Mac Demarco, and past winners Arcade Fire.
Adding to the intensity of her voice and performance on stage, Tagaq played in front of a a screen that rolled a long list of names of murdered and missing Aboriginal women – an issue that is becoming more and more prevalent across Canada, but has been a major issue for those living in the north for many years.
After thanking her family, friends, and producers Tagaq took her acceptance speech to a more pointed area, saying;
“People should wear and eat seal as much as possible because if you can imagine an indigenous culture thriving and surviving on sustainable resource, wearing seal and eating it, it’s delicious and there’s lots of them. I really believe that if hipsters can make flower beards in, then you can do it with seal. Come on guys.”