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Polaris Salons Announced For Ottawa, Brooklyn, Saskatoon, Victoria, Montreal, Toronto


We here at Polaris Music Prize like to think of ourselves as one big, loving family. But like any family, sometimes we fight.

The difference between us and most families is that we do our fighting in public. And when we do fight, it’s about albums. Specifically the albums on this year’s Polaris Music Prize Short List.

So it’s with a certain amount of gleeful “Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!” schoolyard enthusiasm that we’re excited to announce a number of upcoming Polaris Salons across North America. Taking place between Sept. 9 – Sept. 25 we’ll gather Polaris jurors and knowledgeable friends in Ottawa, Brooklyn, Victoria, Montreal and Toronto for some hearty debate about which album deserves to win the 2014 Polaris Music Prize.

These Polaris Salons are sponsored by the Recording Artists’ Collecting Society (RACS), a division of ACTRA who work to make sure eligible recording artists get the hot cash money they deserve.

See below for more information on each event:

Ottawa, Ontario
National Arts Centre
53 Elgin St.
September 9, 2014

Moderated by Steve Jordan

Ryan Bresee (CKCU 93.1 FM)
Roch Parisien (Rocon Communications)
John Sekerka (CHUO FM)

Doors 7 p.m.
Start 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Note: This event will be held at the NAC’s 4th Stage.

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Brooklyn, New York
Rough Trade Records
64 N 9th St., Brooklyn
September 10, 2014

Moderated by Steve Jordan

J. Edward Keyes (Wondering Sound)
Julianne Escobedo Shepherd (Rookie)
Kyle Anderson (Entertainment Weekly)
Naomi Zeichner (BuzzFeed)
Nick Murray (Rolling Stone)

Start 8 – 9 p.m.

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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Beaumont Records
100-220 3rd Ave. South
September 10, 2014

Moderated by Chris Morin (Planet S, Omnicity)

Alex MacPherson (Verb Magazine)
Stephanie McKay (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)
Craig Silliphant (Planet S, The Feedback Society)
Adrien Begrand (Decibel, Terrorizer)

Start 7 – 9 p.m.
Note: Limited capacity.

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Victoria, British Columbia
Rifflandia HQ
1501 Douglas St.
September 11, 2014

Moderated by Steve Jordan

Mike Devlin (Times Colonist)
Amanda Farrell-Low (CBC)
Alan Ranta (Exclaim)
Gregory Adams (Georgia Straight)

Start 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

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Montreal, Quebec
3450 St Urbain, Pop Montreal
September 17, 2014

Moderated by Marc-André Mongrain (

Anthony Easton (The Singles Jukebox)
Lorraine Carpenter (CultMTL)

Doors 4:30 p.m. Start 5 – 6 p.m.

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Toronto, Ontario
SoHo House
192 Adelaide St. W.
September 25, 2014

Moderated by James Keast (Exclaim)

Julia LeConte (NOW)
Liisa Ladouceur (Encyclopedia Gothica)
Mark Teo (AUX)
Melody Lau (Much)

Start 8 – 9 p.m.
Note: Limited capacity. Those wishing to attend MUST rsvp in advance to

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More details on panelists, further events to come, including an event at Halifax Pop Explosion in October…


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