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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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Ant Man Ruined My Moment Of Twitter Glory

The red arrow points to 'Polaris2015' trending second in Canada

The red arrow points to ‘Polaris2015’ trending second in Canada

There are a couple reasons why Risky Fuel has been unusually quiet in recent weeks.

The first was because Sarah and I went to the family cottage for our annual 10-day hideout/detox/escape/reason to photograph dead fish on the beach.

The second was, upon returning to the city, diving headlong into my responsibilities as the minister of propaganda for the Polaris Music Prize and its kinda-a-big-deal 2015 Short List reveal which took place on July 16.

The 10 albums on said Short List turned out to be a mighty fine cross-section of music well worth arguing over. More important to my professional vanity, however, was how hot we were with #Polaris2015 on the socials and the medias and such.

It turns out we were very hot. As in #1 hot. Well, #1 except for one thing hot…

A fucking Ant-Man promoted tweet.

Nearly four hours after the Short List was revealed on the 16th #Polaris2015 was still holding the #2 spot (see above photo), which, when you think about it, is an amazing coup for a few Polaris peeps like myself working behind the curtain and a bunch of Polaris jurors ranting about it on Twitter. We were even smashing the Emmys in Canada.

Anyway, back to Ant Man, the third stupidest Avenger behind only Gilgamesh, a guy with a cow on his head, and Demolition Man, a sadsack composed of leftover parts from discarded Wolverine and Daredevil action figures. Basically, all my Polaris efforts got crushed underfoot from one mighty Giant Man-like stomp by the Marvel-Disney Industrial Complex and this means I’ll probably never get the professional respect I deserve for my efforts last week.

I’m not bitter, but I’m pretty sure this is the sort of thing that acts as a catalyst for people to become supervillains. So if somewhere, somehow, in the darkest reaches of the internet you start to hear whispers of a foul 01010 spirit named Twittroll, whose power is to hijack brand promo tweets with foreign language Baywatch fanclub Twitter mobs, well, it wasn’t me.

 

 

[P.S. I’m pretty sure I’m still going to go see Ant-Man.]

[P.P.S. If dorksticks like Ant-Man get movies, there should definitely be films based on way more awesome people like Alpha Flight, The Micronauts and ROM, Space Knight.]

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