Tanya Kalmanovitch named to the Grist 50 Fixers

She grew up next to the biggest bitumen oil reservoir in the world. Her neighborhood in Fort McMurray, Alberta, is informally called Petrolia, the nearest professional hockey team is the Edmonton Oilers, and a local playground has a pumpjack. Oil, Kalmanovitch says, “paved the way for my family to go from being rural poor people to entering into the middle class.”

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Tar Sands Songbook in the Edmonton Journal

Earlier this summer, as I was preparing to leave for Alberta, the Edmonton Journal's Roger Levesque interviewed me about my project.  I was apprehensive about being interviewed for a project that hadn't yet begun, but it was a good note upon which to start my journey, and a vote of confidence in my idea that a personal conversation about oil and our relationship to it is a conversation worth having.

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OpEd in the Boston Globe

“Music is a potent mechanism for self-actualization,’’ said Tanya Kalmanovitch, a violist and professor at the New England Conservatory of Music. “To be able to convey something through music requires you to recognize that you have something to say, and that you have a right to say it. That alone in many contexts can be a radical political act.’’

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