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Polaris Podcast vs The 2017 Short List

Polaris Podcast EP7 was live from Ottawa.

Polaris Podcast EP7 was live from Ottawa.

When the Polaris Music Prize released its ten album 2017 Short List it also enlisted CBC Music and a batch of jurors to talk about what made the list, and what didn’t.

The Polaris folks then turned the result of that conversation into episode eight of the Polaris Podcast.

The most helpful way people can listen to the podcast would be by subscribing to it in iTunes. But those craving convenience can listen to it below on Soundcloud.

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When Polaris Podcast Went To Ottawa

Polaris Podcast EP7 was live from Ottawa.

Polaris Podcast EP7 was live from Ottawa.

This past June the Polaris Music Prize went to Ottawa, Ontario to unveil the 40-album 2017 Polaris Music Prize Long List.

This also meant it brought along my baby, the Polaris Podcast.

We did a live taping where Polaris jurors Ryan Bresee (CKCU), Erin Flynn (CHUO 89.1 FM), Valerie Lessard (Le Droit) and Fateema Sayani (Ottawa Magazine) analyzed the Long List.

To find out what they said listen to the episode here:

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Behind Buffy Sainte-Marie And Tanya Tagaq’s Collaboration

Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tanya Tagaq on the Polaris Podcast

Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tanya Tagaq on the Polaris Podcast

Polaris Music Prize winners Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tanya Tagaq teamed up awhile ago to create the song “You Got To Run (Spirit Of The Wind)” together.

The pair talked about the song as well as a number of other issues in episode five of the Polaris Podcast, which I had a hand in helping put together.

The song was recorded in fall 2016 at Orange Lounge in Toronto with producer Jon Levine (Nelly Furtado, K’naan, Drake). It was mixed by Howie Beck (Feist, Hannah Georgas, Jason Collett).

The song was inspired by champion dogsled racer George Attla, who competed in the first-ever Iditarod dog sled race in 1973 and was the subject of the 1979 film, Spirit Of The Wind.

To listen click on the player below.

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Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Rush Among Topics On Polaris Podcast EP3

Albums talked about on Polaris Podcast EP3

Albums talked about on Polaris Podcast EP3

The third episode of the Polaris Podcast focused on four albums that won Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize designations in 2016.

They were:

* Neil Young’s After The Gold Rush
* Leonard Cohen’s Songs Of Leonard Cohen
* Rush’s Moving Pictures
* Kate and Anna McGarrigle’s self-titled album

For this episode we interviewed Anna McGarrigle, Young Galaxy and a number of expert jurors.

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Polaris Podcast EP2: Kaytranada Wins

Polaris Podcast EP2

Polaris Podcast EP2

The Polaris Podcast’s second episode was dedicated to Kaytranada, whose album 99.9% won the 2016 Polaris Music Prize.

The episode features a talk with Del Cowie, the Polaris juror who advocated for Kaytranada on the Polaris Gala evening, an interview with BADBADNOTGOOD’s Chester Hansen, and a segment with the man himself talking about his roots in the Montreal scene.

Check out the episode below:

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Polaris Podcast Makes Its Debut

Polaris Podcast

Polaris Podcast

One of the most exciting (and moderately terrifying) new projects I’ve been involved with is the launch of the Polaris Music Prize’s new podcast titled, shockingly, the Polaris Podcast.

For the first podcast episode we spoke to 10 Polaris jurors about the 10 albums that made the 2016 Polaris Music Prize Short List.

Check it out here:

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Buffy Sainte-Marie Wins 2015 Polaris Music Prize

Polaris Music Prize Gala 2015 winner Buffy Sainte-Marie. Photo by Dustin Rabin

Polaris Music Prize Gala 2015 winner Buffy Sainte-Marie. Photo by Dustin Rabin

I was once again employed by the Polaris Music Prize this year leading up to and during 2015 Polaris Gala which was won by Buffy Sainte-Marie for her album Power In The Blood.

Buffy’s as deserving as anyone, but the real ace moments on the night were, for me, in order:

3. Host Fred Penner attempting a song medley highlighting all nine previous Polaris winners, including Tagaq and Godspeed You Black Emperor.

2. Alvvays performing a shimmering “Archie, Marry Me.”

1. Jennifer Castle’s epic rendition of “Sparta” backed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Read a recap of the evening here.

Watch the whole broadcast of the event below:

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