2015 | Aboriginal Album of the Year (Sponsored by Aboriginal Peoples Television Network) | Tanya Tagaq | | The JUNO Awards

Fearsome, strident and elemental, Tanya Tagaq’s music is a genre unto itself. Tagaq’s unique vocal style may be rooted in traditional cultural form, but her expression also aligns with avant-garde improvisation, classical expressionism and electronica influences, which inform her startling and powerful creative vision. This Inuk punk is known for delivering performances that are visceral and physical, heaving and breathing and alive. Her shows draw incredulous response from worldwide audiences, and Tagaq’s tours tend to jump back and forth over the map of the world. From a Mexican EDM festival to the Carnegie Hall, her music and performances transcend language. Tagaq’s 2014 Polaris Prize winning album Animism has rocketed her to the forefront of the international music scene, and is making waves for its originality, artistic importance and stunning uniqueness.