Tanya Evanson is a Poet, Spoken Word Artist, Vocalist, Arts Organizer, Educator & Whirling Dervish. Montreal-born and based in Vancouver, she has published six poetry chapbooks, two spoken wor/l/d music CDs "The Memorists" (2008) and "Invisible World" (2004), and has been performing multilingually across Canada since 1995. Her work has been featured in films, anthologies, international music recordings, national TV and radio. As Mother Tongue Media, she has been producing arts events since 2000 including "Tales of Ordinary Madness" spoken word series and "ANU" conceptual group performances. A classically trained Whirling Dervish she has also performed and taught extensively across Europe, Turkey, Japan and Canada.
Her new spoken wor/l/d music album "Language for Gods" launches October 31, 2012. Open your arms if you want to be held.
Evanson’s subtle irony and figurative language is prolific and precise as she peels the dermis of her mind stripping each layer of thought from the trunk of her existence. Her language is strong, rich, and vibrant and comes across with the authority of the new era in Black Canadian thought.
-Anthony Joyette CACIQUE
Tanya Evanson's poetry is a voluptuous, rhythmic song. Her voice comes from deep in her belly and erupts across the page like a slow moving fire, leaving the trace of heartache...
-Rocco de Giacomo LATCHKEY
Tanya is [a] sound Fury who will go, not gently, into that good night.
Tanya Evanson ended Arts Summit 2010 with a powerful and soul-moving performance of spoken word. For those who stayed until the end, I’m sure you will agree that she was truly inspirational.
-Amir Ali Alibhai ALLIANCE FOR ARTS& CULTURE