Polaris Music Prize Gala 2014 with Tanya Tagaq, Jessy Lanza, Shad – The Carlu, Toronto, ON, September 22
“Prior to a heartfelt pledge of allegiance to Drake‘s Nothing Was the Same from Anupa Mistry, the Carlu was treated to one final live performance. It couldn’t have come at a better time, considering the outcome of the awards portion of the evening and the impossible task of having to step on stage after eventual winner Tanya Tagaq‘s set. Backed up by the 30-plus members of the Element Choir, Tagaq walked on stage and proceeded to wow everyone in the theatre. The guttural noises coming out of her expelled themselves from her writhing body and eventually built to screams that shook the building.
It was a terrifying, powerful, captivating and ultimately beautiful performance that brought gala attendees to their feet. It was fitting that she would return to the stage minutes later to win the Polaris Prize itself.” – Exlcaim.ca