By Polaris Music Prize
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Exploring the rich and intriguing stories behind the Canadian albums nominated for the Polaris Music Prize. Featuring artist interviews & in-depth juror analysis.
||CleanEp.16 - Ask Polaris Anything||Now that #Polaris2018 season is in full swing we did an Ask Polaris Anything with founder and executive director Steve Jordan. Topics included: what makes a good or bad juror, how an act can get nominated, best Gala performances and more....||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp.15 - Live In Hamilton||The Polaris Podcast traveled to Hamilton, Ontario for this live taping event at Jillard Guitars featuring jurors Jamie Tennant (CFMU), J.C. Villamere (villamere.com) and Biljana Njegovan (Cut From Steel) talking records with Steve Jordan. Topics...||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp.14 - k-os and Feist||Feist's 'Let It Die' and 'Joyful Rebellion' by k-os are the albums we focus on for this Polaris Podcast episode thanks to their recent Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize hall of fame designations. We'll hear expert analysis of these albums from...||3/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp.13 - The Tragically Hip & Eric's Trip||The Tragically Hip's 'Fully Completely' and Eric's Trip's 'Love Tara' albums are the focus of this Polaris Podcast episode thanks to their recent Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize hall of fame designations. We'll hear expert analysis of 'Love...||3/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp.12 - Glenn Gould & Harmonium||Glenn Gould's 'Bach: The Goldberg Variations' and Harmonium's 'L'Heptade' albums are the focus of this Polaris Podcast episode thanks to their recent Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize hall of fame designations. We'll hear expert analysis of the...||1/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp.11 - The Band & Gordon Lightfoot||In this episode we focus 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!' We'll hear expert analysis of these albums from music...||1/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp.10 - Lido Pimienta Wins!||Lido Pimienta's 'La Papessa' album has won the 2017 Polaris Music Prize. In this episode we spoke with Francella Fiallos, one of the grand jurors who advocated for 'La Papessa' at the Polaris Gala on September 18. We'll also talk to the winner, Lido...||10/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp.9 - The Longer List||Every year the Polaris 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...||9/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp.8 - 2017 Short List||With the help of CBC's Raina Douris, we assembled a panel of Polaris jurors including Adrian Lee, Jill Krajewski and Chaka Grier to predict what would make the 2017 Polaris Music Prize Short List. Then, once the list got announced, we got their...||8/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp.7 - 2017 Long List (Live in Ottawa)||We travel to Ottawa, Ontario for this special live taping at the National Arts Centre after the announcement of the 2017 Long List. Jurors Ryan Bresee, Erin Flynn, Valerie Lessard, and Fateema Sayani dissect, lament, and...||7/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp.6 - Cadence Weapon||Three-time Polaris nominee Cadence Weapon is an ace rapper, producer, and former poet laureate of Edmonton, Alberta. He discusses his debut album 'Breaking Kayfabe' and his all-consuming obsession with the music of Destroyer's Dan Bejar.||6/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp.5 - Buffy Sainte-Marie & Tanya Tagaq||Past winners Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tanya Tagaq discuss their new collaborative song, “You Got To Run (Spirit Of The Wind).” Recorded in fall 2016 with producer Jon Levine (Nelly Furtado, K’naan, Drake) and mixed by Howie Beck...||2/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp.4 - 2016 Slaight Family Heritage Prize (pt.2)||Featuring interviews with Arcade Fire, Blue Rodeo, Patrick Watson, and author Michael Barclay, this episode explores four Heritage Prize-winning albums—Blue Rodeo's 'Five Days In July,' Mary Margaret O'Hara's 'Miss America,' Arcade Fire's 'Funeral,'..||1/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp.3 - 2016 Slaight Family Heritage Prize (pt.1)||Eight albums were honoured with the 2016 Slaight Family Heritage Prize. Jurors Michael Barclay and Pierre Landry discuss Neil Young's 'After The Gold Rush,' Leonard Cohen's 'Songs Of Leonard Cohen,' Rush's 'Moving Pictures,' and Kate and Anna...||12/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp.2 - Kaytranada Wins||We dive into Kaytranada's '99.9%,' the album that won the 2016 Polaris Music Prize. First, someone who was right beside Kaytranada literally banging his hands on the stage—bassist Chester Hansen of BADBADNOTGOOD. Next, CBC Music's Del Cowie shares...||11/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp.1 - 2016 Short List||Welcome to the first ever episode of the Polaris Podcast. In this episode, we'll dig deep with a look at the 10 albums on the 2016 Polaris Music Prize Short List. One of those 10 albums will win this year's prize at the Polaris Gala on September 19...||9/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Polaris does amazing work
The Polaris Music Prize is an incredible platform to showcase and promote Canadian Music. The actual monetary prize is almost secondary as the value of winning goes way beyond money, as it gives a platform for an artist to further promote their art to a wider audience. The discussion held during these podcasts are invaluable and has helped me appreciate artists that I may have once overlooked. Highly recommended.