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Inuk Punk Comes to MainStage

Tanya Tagaq‘s music isn’t like anything you’ve heard before. Unnerving and exquisite, this Inuk punk’s vocal expression may be rooted in throat singing but her music has as much to do with electronica, industrial, and metal influences as it does with traditional culture

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The celebrated Canadian singer, recording artist, and Inuk advocate is known for delivering arresting, elemental performances that are visceral and physical, heaving and breathing, and alive. Her shows draw incredulous response from audiences worldwide, and Tagaq’s tours tend to jump back and forth across the map of the world. From a Mexican electronica festival to Carnegie Hall, her music and performances transcend language.

Now ahead of the release of her new album Retribution, Tagaq is set to make her Island debut this month, hitting Confederation Centre’s Homburg Theatre on October 15 at 7:30 p.m. for Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre.

The first new single from Retribution is now available — a hip-hop song about metaphysics, molecular biology, and the female cycle. ‘Centre’ features Canadian rapper Shad, raucous ravens recorded in Nunavut, trombones, and rare lyrical moments from Tagaq.

As told to The Fader online, the singer says, “Our lyrics are about electrons, gravity, the fundamental forces, looking at how physical laws can be applied spiritually and emotionally, and how to centre yourself. As a woman, I know my centering happens where I make my babies, it’s not in my head, it’s in the cavities of my body where I hold blood. It’s where we create.”

Tagaq makes musical friends and collaborators with an array of like-minded talents: opera singers, avant-garde violin composers, experimental DJs, all cutting edge, ranging from Björk to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet to Owen Pallet. Her albums make for complex listening, but her string of Juno nominations and winning of the Polaris Prize attests to her ability to make difficult music speak a universal tongue. Enticing, unsettling, and utterly compelling, Tagaq’s music consistently delivers.

For ticket information and the entire Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre season calendar, visit confederationcentre.com/live or contact the box office at (902) 566.1267. Tickets for all shows are now available.

Appreciation is extended to Sobeys, the returning title sponsor for LIVE @ The Centre. Confederation Centre wishes to recognize the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Government of P.E.I., and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support. Media sponsors are The Guardian, Hot 105.5, and Ocean 100.

Exploring the Ark

“Living Lightly on the Earth” Explores Building the Ark for
Prince Edward Island, 1974-76. The public invited for exhibition’s official opening and reception on October 22 at CCAG.

Brought to life in 1976 by Solsearch Architects and the New Alchemy Institute as “an early exploration in weaving together the sun, wind, biology, and architecture for the benefit of humanity,” the Ark bioshelter on P.E.I. integrated ecological design features to provide autonomous life support for a family.

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Opening day for the Ark in the fall of ’76 mixed counterculture together with official culture: Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, Premier Alex Campbell, Whole Earth Catalog compiler Stewart Brand, and hundreds from P.E.I.’s counterculture settlements and neighbouring traditional communities. Thousands more would visit the Ark in Spry Point, Kings County over its short life.

40 years later, a new exhibition opening at Confederation Centre Art Gallery explores the story of the Ark for P.E.I., and its architectural vision of life led in collaboration with nature. “Living lightly on the earth:” building an Ark for Prince Edward Island, 1974-76 opens this month and will be celebrated with an official opening reception on Saturday October 22 at 7 p.m. in the Gallery. The lead sponsor for the exhibition is PEI Energy Systems, A Veresen Company, with additional sponsorship from the Architects Association of P.E.I.

“Even today, many people in the Maritimes and around the world have heard of the P.E.I. Ark, and are inspired by the vision it represents; but it’s mostly understood in almost mythical terms,” reflects Exhibition Curator, Steven Mannell, who directs the College of Sustainability at Dalhousie University. “This exhibition presents the Ark as both a vision, and a reality. The Ark reminds us of the power of optimistic action in the face of seemingly overwhelming environmental problems, and challenges us to be similarly bold today.”

Marking the 40th anniversary of this innovative experiment into sustainable building in Canada, the exhibition includes architectural models and plans, photographs, texts, and a new video featuring project architects David Bergmark and Ole Hammarlund. The exhibition and a companion book focus on the conception and building of the Ark; the opening day; and the early months of operation.

“The Ark Project offered us the opportunity of thinking outside the Architectural Box,” offers Bergmark. “Working with the New Alchemy Institute – an inspired organization committed to sustainable practices – shaped our thinking and ultimately our careers. The greatest impact wasn’t the Ark Project itself, it was the dialogue the Ark continues to inspire in our lives and work.”

Hammarlund echoes this feeling and its importance as a launchpad for many emerging professionals, “As my first professional commission, the Ark Project was a gift from Heaven.”

This collaborative exhibition is produced by Confederation Centre Art Gallery with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and BGHJ Architects. Mannell’s exhibition team also included Assistant Curator Lukas Bergmark and Research Assistant Megan Peck. Gallery Director, Kevin Rice, says, “This exhibition presents a timely opportunity for Islanders to connect with an optimistic moment in our history and an important discussion of sustainability—which remains very relevant today.”

An accompanying website to this exhibition is available for members of the public to share their own stories, photographs, and experiences of the P.E.I. Ark. The public is also invited to the opening reception on October 22 in the Art Gallery and the exhibition will remain on view until the end of April, 2017 to provide plentiful opportunity for Islanders to visit and school classes to arrange guided tours.