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Geoff Berner’s Introduction Speech For Tanya Tagaq

When Tanya Tagaq won the 2014 Polaris Music Prize last night for her Animism album she was introduced to the Polaris Gala audience with a spirited speech courtesy of Geoff Berner, the klezmer punk accordionist and author of the book Festival Man. To watch the speech, as well as Tagaq’s performance and winner announcement see […]

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Tanya Tagaq Wins The 2014 Polaris Music Prize

Tanya Tagaq has won the 2014 Polaris Music Prize for her album Animism besting the nine other albums on the Polaris Short List. The Inuk throat singer performed an intense version of her song “Uja” accompanied by a 40-member choir during the Polaris Gala. “We’ve been doing it our own way without backing down artistically […]

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Presenters Announced For The 2014 Polaris Gala

The presenters have been revealed for the 2014 Polaris Gala. They include 2014 Giller Long-Listed author Sean Michaels, journalists Sarah Liss, Ty Harper, Anupa Mistry and Richard Trapunski, and musicians Geoff Berner, Tasseomancy, and Polaris’ very own 2014 Short-Listed artist Owen Pallett. All the presenters have been selected by the nominees themselves. The Gala, which […]

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Jay Baruchel Explains His Relationship With Canadian Music

Jay Baruchel, the Montreal actor and comedian responsible for such lines as “I don’t want to die at James Franco’s house” (from This Is The End) and “I’ll fill ya fulla corndogs” (from Goon) also happens to be the host of the 2014 Polaris Music Prize Gala, happening Monday, Sept. 22 at The Carlu in […]

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2014 Polaris Short List Posters Revealed (PHOTOS)

The artists and artwork for this year’s Polaris Posters has been revealed. The annual program features 10 artists graphically interpreting the 10 albums on the 2014 Short List. The resulting specially curated posters are then presented to the musicians at the Polaris Gala. A very limited number of the posters will also be made available […]

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Polaris 2014 Split Seven-Inch Series Pairings Announced

The Polaris Music Prize’s popular split seven-inch vinyl series is back for another year. Beginning in mid-September, if you purchase any of the 10 albums on the 2014 Polaris Short List through any participating retailer (see list below) you’ll receive a random, free split seven-inch single featuring this year’s Short List artists. In addition to […]

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Holy Shad Explain The Legend Of Cy Borg (Watch & Listen)

Contrary to what the “The Legend Of Cy Borg” title may suggest, the two-song Scion Sessions-sponsored seven-inch collaboration between Shad and Holy Fuck is not a story about a dead Detroit police officer brought back to life by an ominous corporation to serve the public trust, protect the innocent and uphold the law. It is, […]

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WATCH: Whitehorse Covers New Pornographers’ ‘Bones Of An Idol’

The third installment of AUX TV‘s Polaris Cover Sessions has officially been unveiled with 2013 Short-Listed act Whitehorse covering the New Pornographers’ “Bones Of An Idol.” The song from the Pornos’ 2006 Short-Listed album Twin Cinema was recorded by Great Lake Swimmers at Toronto’s Revolution Recording Studios. A version of the song will be made […]

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