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Tegan and Sara reflect on 20-year career as they prepare to receive Governor General's Performing Arts Award

Canadian indie pop duo Tegan and Sara look back on the highlights of their career and take us through the ups and downs that have led them to where they are now.
Canadian indie pop duo Tegan and Sara look back on the highlights of their career and take us through the ups and downs that have led them to where they are now. (CBC)

This weekend in Ottawa, Canadian indie pop duo Tegan and Sara Quin are being honoured with the prestigious National Arts Centre Award at the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards gala. The award recognizes Canadian artists who've accomplished big things by their mid-career.

The award is well-deserved. Tegan and Sara have been making music together for about 20 years so far. They've topped the charts, written songs across multiple genres, and appeared on huge TV shows and movie soundtracks. They've also launched their own foundation to support and empower women and girls in the LGBTQ community.

For Tegan and Sara, receiving an award like this is significant because over their career they've often been misunderstood about who they are as people, and about what kind of music they make or should be making.

In this special, two-part interview with Tom Power, they take us through the ups and downs that have led them to where they are now and helped set the course for where they'll go next.

Produced by Cora Nijhawan

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