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Ep.16 - Ask Polaris Anything

6/11/2018
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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. Subscribe in iTunes: apple.co/2eJbdni

Duration:00:27:11

Ep.15 - Live In Hamilton

5/10/2018
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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 included Arkells, Junior Boys, Caribou as well as speculation about which album should win #Polaris2018. Subscribe in iTunes: apple.co/2eJbdni

Duration:00:23:14

Ep.14 - k-os and Feist

3/12/2018
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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 expert Polaris jurors Karen Bliss and Tabassum Siddiqui. Subscribe in iTunes: apple.co/2eJbdni

Duration:00:18:43

Ep.13 - The Tragically Hip & Eric's Trip

3/6/2018
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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 Tara' from veteran East Coast arts reporter Stephen Cooke before checking in with Michael Barclay, author of the forthcoming book 'The Never-Ending Present: The Story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip.' Subscribe in iTunes: apple.co/2eJbdni

Duration:00:25:46

Ep.12 - Glenn Gould & Harmonium

1/17/2018
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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 Gould record from CBC Radio's Katherine Duncan and then speak with Harmonium's Louis Valois to discuss the album some people call Quebec's 'Dark Side Of The Moon.'

Duration:00:22:30

Ep.11 - The Band & Gordon Lightfoot

1/3/2018
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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 historian Rob Bowman and author Nick Jennings as well as some bonus insights from Travis Good of The Sadies.

Duration:00:33:48

Ep.10 - Lido Pimienta Wins!

10/4/2017
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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 Pimienta, who'll explain what 'La Papessa' is about.

Duration:00:29:20

Ep.9 - The Longer List

9/11/2017
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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 Mistry (Vevo) and Jean-Étienne Sheehy (freelance journalist) to talk about some of the albums they recommended.

Duration:00:17:26

Ep.9 - The Longer List

9/11/2017
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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 Mistry (Vevo) and Jean-Étienne Sheehy (freelance journalist) to talk about some of the albums they recommended.

Duration:00:17:26

Ep.8 - 2017 Short List

8/15/2017
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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 reactions to it.

Duration:00:41:21

Ep.8 - 2017 Short List

8/15/2017
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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 reactions to it.

Duration:00:41:21

Ep.7 - 2017 Long List (Live in Ottawa)

7/12/2017
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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 predict which album might win the 2017 Polaris Music Prize. Featuring a live performance from Long List nominee Philippe B, who explains why he's happy to be on the same list as Leonard Cohen.

Duration:00:47:09

Ep.7 - 2017 Long List (Live in Ottawa)

7/12/2017
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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 predict which album might win the 2017 Polaris Music Prize. Featuring a live performance from Long List nominee Philippe B, who explains why he's happy to be on the same list as Leonard Cohen.

Duration:00:47:09

Ep.6 - Cadence Weapon

6/19/2017
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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.

Duration:00:25:58

Ep.6 - Cadence Weapon

6/19/2017
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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.

Duration:00:25:58

Ep.5 - Buffy Sainte-Marie & Tanya Tagaq

2/15/2017
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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 (Feist, Hannah Georgas, Jason Collett), the song is 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.

Duration:00:23:07

Ep.5 - Buffy Sainte-Marie & Tanya Tagaq

2/15/2017
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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 (Feist, Hannah Georgas, Jason Collett), the song is 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.

Duration:00:23:07

Ep.4 - 2016 Slaight Family Heritage Prize (pt.2)

1/27/2017
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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,' and Lhasa's 'La Llorona.'

Duration:00:48:05

Ep.4 - 2016 Slaight Family Heritage Prize (pt.2)

1/27/2017
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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,' and Lhasa's 'La Llorona.'

Duration:00:48:05

Ep.3 - 2016 Slaight Family Heritage Prize (pt.1)

12/6/2016
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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 McGarrigle's S/T album. Anna McGarrigle describes the first song she ever wrote, and the last time she sang with her sister. Young Galaxy's Catherine McCandless talks about life in Montreal after Leonard Cohen's death.

Duration:00:42:21