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Polaris Podcast EP11 Explores The Band And Gordon Lightfoot

Polaris Podcast EP7 was live from Ottawa.

In episode 11 of the Polaris Podcast we focused on two albums that recently received Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize hall of fame designation — The Band’s The Band and Gordon Lightfoot’s Lightfoot!.

This episode featured expert analysis of these albums from music historian Rob Bowman and author Nick Jennings as well as some bonus insights from Travis Good of The Sadies.

This and other Polaris Podcast episodes can be found on iTunes, Google Play or Spotify.

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Polaris Podcast Focuses On 2017 Winner Lido Pimienta

Polaris Podcast EP7 was live from Ottawa.

Lido Pimienta’s La Papessa album won the 2017 Polaris Music Prize.

For for episode 10 of the Polaris Podcast we spoke with Francella Fiallos, one of the grand jurors who advocated for La Papessa at the Polaris Gala on September 18. We also talked to Pimienta, who explained what La Papessa is about.

This and other Polaris Podcast episodes can be found on iTunes, Google Play or Spotify.

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Polaris Podcast Explores The 2017 Longer List

Polaris Podcast EP7 was live from Ottawa.

Every year the Polaris Music Prize jury passionately support waaaay more albums than what happens to make the 40 album Long List or 10 album Short List. We call this the “Longer List” and we gathered jurors Francella Fiallos (CKDU), Dustin McGladrey (CFWE), Anupa Mistry (Vevo) and Jean-Étienne Sheehy (freelance journalist) to talk about some of the albums they recommended in 2017.

The Polaris Podcast is available in all the usual places — iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, etc — but you can listen to the full episode right this second via Soundcloud here:

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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.

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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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