Hear Margaret Atwood sing with The Sadies

Hear Margaret Atwood sing with The Sadies

Atwood on The Year of the Flood set (Image: Marco Secchi/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images) 

Margaret Atwood’s singing cameo may have been cut from TIFF opening film Score: A Hockey Musical, but she showed the producers what they’re missing by singing on Q yesterday. She performed a song from her unconventional Year of the Floor book tour (billed as “a literary performance with music”), with Canadian indie rock band The Sadies backing her up. The tune—called “The Water-Shrew That Rends Its Prey”—is all Southern saloon-style twang, and Peggy nails it. She’s tone-deaf, sure, but no one can deny that she’s got swagger; we especially like the way she repeatedly chants “Constant threat” like she’s going to eat us, and concludes with a menacing growl (to be fair, the song is about predators). Have a listen here.

Margaret Atwood sings with The Sadies [Q Blog]