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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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Cadence Weapon On The Polaris Podcast

Cadence Weapon at the 2006 Polaris Gala. Photo by Dustin Rabin.

Cadence Weapon at the 2006 Polaris Gala. Photo by Dustin Rabin.

Awhile back the Polaris Podcast got ace rapper and Edmonton for-lifer Cadence Weapon to reflect on his classic 2005 album Breaking Kayfabe.

To listen to the man known as Rollie Pemberton talk about this record as well as his love of Dan Bejar’s Destroyer, hit the Soundcloud player below.

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Buffy Sainte-Marie And Tanya Tagaq On Polaris Podcast

Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tanya Tagaq.

Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tanya Tagaq.

Awhile back my employers at the Polaris Music Prize managed to get past champions Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tanya Tagaq together in a room to collaborate on a song called “You Got To Run (Spirit Of The Wind).”

As a piece of bonus content, we also turned the making of the song into a full Polaris Podcast episode.

You can listen to the episode below.

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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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Arcade Fire, Blue Rodeo, Patrick Watson On Polaris Podcast EP4

Arcade Fire photo courtesy Polaris Music Prize.

Arcade Fire photo courtesy Polaris Music Prize.

Arcade Fire, Blue Rodeo and Patrick Watson were among the acts we spoke to for episode four of the Polaris Podcast.

This episode was focused on four of the albums that received Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize designation last year.

Those were:

* Blue Rodeo’s Five Days In July, which won in the 1986-95 public vote category
* Mary Margaret O’Hara’s Miss America, which won in the 1986-95 jury vote category
* Arcade Fire’s Funeral, which won in the 1996-2005 public vote category
* Lhasa’s La Llorona, which won in the 1996-2005 jury vote category

Listen to the podcast via iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher or Acast. Or right here…

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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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