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