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Five Minutes With... Tegan

Posted by Beck on February 15, 2017 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

February 14, 2017 by HAYLEY MAITLAND

You have been performing now for more than two decades. How do you feel when you look back on your career?

I’m definitely nostalgic about when we started out - but as much as were living the dream in those early days, it was hard at the same time. We were in a minivan, with no phones, driving eight hours a day to get to the next gig - and sometimes there would only be 30 people there. Now, we’re playing for audiences of anywhere from 800 to 80,000 fans, which is crazy!

Describe your personal style.

Sometimes Sara and I are more feminine, sometimes we’re more masculine. In the past, we had to fight for the right to wear unisex clothing. Long before it was okay to have a gender-neutral line, those were the clothes that we were interested in wearing.

What’s the most-read book on your book shelf?

A Widow for One Year or Cider House Rules by John Irving. I love all of his novels.

What's your guiltiest pleasure?

Probably reality TV - or binge-watching cheesy shows. I just finished Chasing Cameron on Netflix. I cried multiple times.

What films could you watch over and over again?

Groundhog’s Day, Pretty Woman, Underwire, Terminator, Breakfast Club.

Who would play you in the film biopic of your life?

Probably Alyssa Milano. She looks less like me than she does Sara actually. She’s just great in Who’s the Boss?

Tell us your favourite quote of all time.

I have a quote by Bruce Springsteen tattooed over both of my arms: “What you don’t surrender, the world just strips away.”

What song or album could be the soundtrack to your life?

Either Melissa Etheridge’s debut album or a soundtrack to a John Hughes movie.

Where is your favourite place in the world and what makes it so special?

Canada. I moved to Vancouver in 1999. When I land there, I still get butterflies. It’s such a beautiful place, and it’s where I feel most at home. It’s my only frivolous expense, going back whenever I can.

What would you call your autobiography?

Don’t Touch Me, I’m Self-Soothing.

What are the three things that you would save from your house in a fire?

I have hardly any attachment to physical things! It’s the result of a lifetime of traveling. I can never bring much with me. I would grab a hard drive though. One with all of my old records and demos on it.

2017 Junos

Posted by Beck on February 7, 2017 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

We’d like to extend a massive thank you to CARAS and the Junos for our three nominations today! Songwriter of the Year is of particular significance to us, because no matter which genre our individual albums have fallen into, it is the craft of songwriting that has connected them all.


Our first Juno win was in Winnipeg in 2014. Standing on that stage accepting an award in front of friends, family, peers, fans, and industry alike was an extremely moving experience. As queer women who have been out since the beginning of our career in 1998, this hasn’t always felt like the most inclusive industry. But that night in Winnipeg has continued to stand out to us as a watershed moment.


We congratulate all the artists who were nominated today and commend the Junos for recognizing two Canadian legends, Sarah McLachlan and Buffy Sainte-Marie, for two of the night’s most prestigious awards – we’re humbled and honoured to be included amongst you. It is with tremendous respect and absolutely no judgement of each nominee’s well-deserved accomplishments that we take this moment to address the disappointing number of women nominated in many of the various categories.


In 8 categories no women were recognized at all, and in over 12 additional categories, only 1 in 5 of the nominees included a woman. Specifically in the areas of production and engineering, it is discouraging to not see a single woman represented.


We bring this message to members of our industry who have tremendous power to sign, fund, promote, nominate, support, acknowledge, and celebrate the diverse population of our country working in the arts today. The demographic breakdown of Juno nominations reflects the structural confines of our society and industry. We must do better as it sends an outdated message to the next generation about whose art and voice and message is valuable.


We sincerely appreciate the support we have received from CARAS, our record label, our agents, managers, promoters, radio programmers, journalists and the countless other establishments and individuals who have supported us since we began our career. But we wouldn’t be Tegan and Sara if we didn’t speak our minds about this important issue. We write this message today in the hopes that we can all work towards balancing the scales for women, people of colour, and LGBTQIIA artists and bands in our country in the years to come.


Thank you,

Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara Nominated for a Shorty Award

Posted by Beck on January 25, 2017 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Nominated in Music

Canadian twins Tegan & Sara are a singing duo that have made waves in the indie pop scene for two decades. They’ve released eight studio albums since 1995, including this year’s Love You to Death, which started them on another global tour. They’re big fans of Snapchat, which mainly consists of Tegan snapping Sara while she’s not looking, using her bitmoji to heckle her twin. They also set up geofilters for their fans to use while snapping at their shows. If you’re there, you might even get caught in one of their live snaps, otherwise you can join in the fun with their hundreds of thousands of followers on social media. Not content to just be iconic musicians, Tegan & Sara also use their reach to advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, launching the Tegan and Sara Foundation this year, an LGBTQ charity for women and girls.


Posted by Beck on January 25, 2017 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Over the years we have always enjoyed having as much contact and connection with our audience as we can (you guys are so cool). When touring Heartthrob, we were able to do meet and greets on almost every headline show. It was a blast! Truly! Your stories, the generous gifts, the personalized letters and post cards. It was memorable every single night.


With Love You To Death, we wanted to make the experience more special. Which meant trying to keep the numbers down, but without having to charge too much more than we always had. The truth is we have always struggled with the cost and the concept of paying to meet us.


Our team looked into a fair way of doing meet and greets for this record that would allow more fans the opportunity to meet us and address our growing concern with the re-selling of tickets to fans willing to pay 4 or 5 times the cost we were charging.


So, there will be fewer meet and greet tickets sold, a limit on how many you can buy (one total for the whole tour) and you will have to show ID matching the name on the confirmation to gain entry. This means they are NOT transferable. If anyone somehow purchases more than one ticket, we will cancel/refund their other purchases. We truly want this to be fair and open to everyone. We also want to ensure safety, so ID is a must.


The passes will also be totally separate from concert admission, purchased directly from us, so in addition to your meet and greet confirmation, you’ll also need a show ticket to enter the venue.


A lot of time and energy from our whole team goes into these meet and greets, and we aren’t the young sprites we once were, so we are sorry but we aren’t able to offer these in every city.


We are so excited to go to Europe. We are even more thrilled to play our shows there with Ria Mae and Alex Lahey (UK/Ireland only). But now we are OVER THE MOON to be able to be offering meet and greets in specific cities.

The passes will go on sale Friday, Jan 27 at 8am GMT (London time zone), only at

Jan 30 – Stockholm – Nobelberget

Feb 1 – Berlin – Huxleys

Feb 8 – Amsterdam – Paradiso

Feb 13 – London – Roundhouse

Feb 14 – Manchester – Albert Hall

Feb 17 – Glasgow – O2 ABC Glasgow

Feb 19 – Dublin – Vicar Street



Posted by Beck on January 6, 2017 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

We are thrilled to announce our first big initiative for the Tegan and Sara Foundation, a partnership with Kiehl’s Canada, are on sale now! We created limited edition packaging for their iconic Ultra Facial cleansers, and sales proceeds will benefit the Tegan and Sara Foundation.


We’ll also be performing at an exclusive concert for Kiehl’s. Go to to purchase the special edition cleansers and find out how you can to enter to win tickets!

Boxing Day Sale

Posted by Beck on December 26, 2016 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

#BoxingDay sale today at! 15% off storewide applied at checkout! Use code tnsboxingday at


Posted by Beck on December 21, 2016 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

For the video for That Girl, our 10th and final video from LY2D, we brought director Allister Ann out with us on the road in Canada and the US to capture a behind the scenes look at our life on tour.


This year has been incredible. We have nothing but love and gratitude for our amazing fans. Our time on the road this year reminded us again just how lucky we are to do what we do, and how proud we are of the community of fans that are drawn to what we create.


We hope you have enjoyed all 10 videos as much as we have! I will be doing a Facebook Live chat at 10am PST today, so come ask me all the questions you’ve been wanting to ask all year!


xoxo TRQ

Tegan and Sara Foundation

Posted by Beck on December 18, 2016 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

We have been working on a new project – the Tegan and Sara Foundation. Our mission: to fight for economic justice, health, and representation for LGBTQ girls and women. Over the years, our LGBTQ fans have supported us in innumerable ways. Your personal histories of injustice and discrimination at home, school, work, and church have always inspired us to use our public status to speak out about the struggles impacting the LGBTQ community. We started the Foundation to dismantle the systems of inequity that prevent LGBTQ girls and women from reaching their full potential. Together, we can make a difference.


Join us, and learn more about our organization at


– Tegan and Sara


Posted by Beck on December 12, 2016 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Australia! New Zealand! We are adding more dates in March! Very excited to make our first stops in Adelaide, Brisbane and Auckland since we released Love You to Death. Tickets on sale Thurs at 10am AEDT.

Mar 04 – Moore Park – Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras – Tickets

Mar 06 – Brisbane – The Tivoli – Tickets

Mar 07 – Adelaide – The Gov – Tickets

Mar 08 – Melbourne – Melbourne Zoo Twilights – Tickets

Mar 09 – Sydney – Twilight at Taronga – Tickets

Mar 11 – Auckland – Bruce Mason Centre – Tickets

Tegan and Sara Channel 'Miami Vice' in 'Dying to Know' Video

Posted by Beck on December 8, 2016 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

“A few months ago I was watching a TV show about the 80’s, and a scene from Miami Vice with Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas came on. They were talking specifically about the episode in which they used the entire Phil Collins song “In The Air Tonight,” almost as if it were a music video. I remember thinking how cool it would be to have Sara and I remake the famous scene. Sadly, neither of us can drive, nor did we have the time or funds to reshoot that famous scene in Miami. Instead we tapped director Nathan Boey in Vancouver to reshoot it using puppets! I think it might even be better with us as puppets than if we had been in it ourselves.” – TRQ


“It is always special to create visuals for songs and bands I enjoy, which was the case here. With Tegan and Sara’s busy tour schedule, I thought something with puppets could be a fun solution. They shared with me their childhood passion for Miami Vice and the rest sort of wrote itself! Eleni Creative‘s dolls were beautifully custom-built, and the idea of them ripping around the city in a mini Lamborghini had me giggling throughout production. I loved trying to stay true to a dramatic, stylized, retro tone while being completely immersed in the absurd world of puppets.” – Director Nathan Boey

Watch the "Dying to Know" visual here.