IN BRIEF Buffy Sainte-Marie, Tanya Ta­gaq col­lab­o­ra­tion re­leased on­line

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E -

Two pow­er­houses of Canada’s in­dige­nous mu­sic scene have lifted the cur­tain on a new col­lab­o­ra­tion. Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tanya Ta­gaq paired for the track “You Got To Run (Spirit Of The Wind),” which has de­buted on­line. Sainte-Marie wrote the song about Alaskan dogsled racer Ge­orge At­tla who won the in­au­gu­ral Idi­tarod in 1973. His story was re­told in the 1979 film “Spirit of the Wind,” which was scored by Sainte-Marie. She rein­ter­preted the film’s theme song into the ver­sion she per­forms with Ta­gaq. The singers joined to­gether as part of a series of col­lab­o­ra­tions or­ga­nized by the brain trust be­hind the Po­laris Mu­sic Prize. Both Sainte-Marie and Ta­gaq are former Po­laris win­ners. Ta­gaq says the song’s theme sug­gests “you can’t let things bring you down,” which she says could also be in­ter­preted as an an­ti­sui­cide mes­sage. Canada’s in­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties have been racked by youth sui­cides amid calls for ac­tion to ad­dress the cri­sis.

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