• A Festival of Ideas
  • May 2 - 5, 2024
  • Guelph

Ever Deadly: Film Screening & Performances

Saturday, January 28, 2023; 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tanya Tagaq in profile singing into a microphone. Superimposed over her face is the face of a polar bear with its mouth open. Text reads "Ever Deadly."

Ever Deadly is an immersive, visceral music and cinema experience featuring Tanya Tagaq, avant-garde Inuit throat singer, and created in collaboration with award-winning filmmaker Chelsea McMullan. This documentary explores Tagaq’s transformation of sound with an eye to colonial fallout, natural freedom, and Canadian history.

We witness Tagaq’s intimate relationship with the Nuna—the Land—a living, breathing organism present in all forms of her improvised performances. Ever Deadly weaves concert footage with stunning sequences filmed on location in Nunavut, seamlessly bridging landscapes, stories and songs with pain, anger and triumph—all through the expressions of one of the most innovative musical performers of our time.

Accompanying our screening of the film was readings from two guest Inuk artists: poet and curator Taqralik Partridge, and Aedan Corey, a Two Spirit writer, visual artist, emerging curator, and Inuit tattooist from Iqaluktuuttiaq, Nunavut. Watch a video of the readings below.

This event featured ASL interpretation, closed captions, and live transcription. The Bookshelf Cinema is a physically accessible venue. More accessibility information can be found on our General Accessibility Statement.

Co-presented by the Guelph Film Festival with support from The Bookshelf


The Bookshelf,
Quebec Street,
Guelph, ON.