One of the hottest musical acts going these days is Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq, who scooped the 2014 Polaris Prize last September for her album Animism. With her experimental, performative style Tagaq is a trailblazer in her own right, but before she came to national prominence Susan Aglukark carved a place for herself on the Canadian music scene with her blend of Inuit folk and country/pop music.
Born in Churchill, MB in 1967, Aglukark was raised in Arviat which was formerly part of the Northwest Territories and which is now Nunavut. In 1995 she grabbed two Junos for Best New Solo Artist and Best Aboriginal recording for her album Arctic Rose, and has continued to work as a recording and performing artist since then.
On Saturday June 20 Aglukark is in town to play a show at Casino Regina. Tickets are $25/$30. To close, here’s a pow wow-themed video that uses Aglukark’s 1995 song “Hina Na Ho” as a score