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Buffy Sainte-Marie And Tanya Tagaq On Polaris Podcast

Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tanya Tagaq.

Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tanya Tagaq.

Awhile back my employers at the Polaris Music Prize managed to get past champions Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tanya Tagaq together in a room to collaborate on a song called “You Got To Run (Spirit Of The Wind).”

As a piece of bonus content, we also turned the making of the song into a full Polaris Podcast episode.

You can listen to the episode below.

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Behind Buffy Sainte-Marie And Tanya Tagaq’s Collaboration

Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tanya Tagaq on the Polaris Podcast

Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tanya Tagaq on the Polaris Podcast

Polaris Music Prize winners Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tanya Tagaq teamed up awhile ago to create the song “You Got To Run (Spirit Of The Wind)” together.

The pair talked about the song as well as a number of other issues in episode five of the Polaris Podcast, which I had a hand in helping put together.

The song was recorded in fall 2016 at Orange Lounge in Toronto with producer Jon Levine (Nelly Furtado, K’naan, Drake). It was mixed by Howie Beck (Feist, Hannah Georgas, Jason Collett).

The song was inspired by champion dogsled racer George Attla, who competed in the first-ever Iditarod dog sled race in 1973 and was the subject of the 1979 film, Spirit Of The Wind.

To listen click on the player below.

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Buffy Sainte-Marie Wins 2015 Polaris Music Prize

Polaris Music Prize Gala 2015 winner Buffy Sainte-Marie. Photo by Dustin Rabin

Polaris Music Prize Gala 2015 winner Buffy Sainte-Marie. Photo by Dustin Rabin

I was once again employed by the Polaris Music Prize this year leading up to and during 2015 Polaris Gala which was won by Buffy Sainte-Marie for her album Power In The Blood.

Buffy’s as deserving as anyone, but the real ace moments on the night were, for me, in order:

3. Host Fred Penner attempting a song medley highlighting all nine previous Polaris winners, including Tagaq and Godspeed You Black Emperor.

2. Alvvays performing a shimmering “Archie, Marry Me.”

1. Jennifer Castle’s epic rendition of “Sparta” backed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Read a recap of the evening here.

Watch the whole broadcast of the event below:

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