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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.

Please listen, subscribe and validate my employment.

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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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9 Unlikely Contenders For The Polaris Heritage Prize

Bob and Doug MacKenzie

Bob and Doug MacKenzie

My friends and employers at the Polaris Music Prize have introduced a new award — the Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize — designed to honour Canadian classic albums from the before Polaris existed. Think of it as a legacy award.

Knowing my peers, I know they’ll nominate a lot of wonderful, timeless albums for Heritage Prize consideration. Also knowing my peers, I know there are certain types of albums — the weird, the crude, the hilarious — that they may not take seriously enough to consider nomination-worthy.

I fixed that problem for them.

To read how, head over to Aux to take a look at the list of unlikely Heritage Prize contenders I compiled.

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Fast Facts For The 2015 Polaris Music Prize Short List

2015 Polaris Music Prize Short List

2015 Polaris Music Prize Short List

Someone had to assemble the basic facts about the 2015 Polaris Music Prize Short List act all in one place, right?

It’s a public service.

Head over to AUX to prep yourself on Alvvays, Viet Cong, Braids and the other seven Short List nominees.

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