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At home with Haviah Mighty: Why everything begins with family for the Polaris Prize winner

In her Brampton home, she opens up about performing with her sisters — and what family, and history, mean to her music.

In her Brampton home, she opens up about what family — and history — mean to her music

After winning the Polaris Music Prize, Haviah Mighty reflects on the importance of family. Filmmaker: April Aliermo 4:20

If you haven't already heard of Haviah Mighty, we're "mighty" surprised — she was recently first hip hop artist to win the Polaris Music Prize. Originally one of the members of The Sorority, Mighty has become well known in her own right for songs that have a feminist bent while also making reference to the history of slavery.

In this video by filmmaker and correspondent April Aliermo, you'll get to go inside Mighty's home in Brampton, Ont., where she lives with her parents. You'll see her basement studio (once you get past her dad's extensive set of music gear), and you'll find out why family has played such an important role to her music.

Haviah Mighty. (CBC Arts)

Mighty says, "Learning about who I am as a person has made me a better musician. Me being inspired by my parents, me being inspired by my sisters — it kind of amalgamated into this person that I am now."

Haviah Mighty is headed out on a new tour, with dates in Toronto, Montreal, Victoria and Kingston alongside some south-of-the-border gigs. You can find tickets here. And you can follow her here.

Haviah Mighty. (CBC Arts)

About the Author

Lise Hosein is a producer at CBC Arts. Before that, she was an arts reporter at JazzFM 91, an interview producer at George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight and a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto. When she's not at her CBC Arts desk she's sometimes an art history instructor and is always quite terrified of bees.

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