Hannah Georgas Does Arcade Fire’s “Crown Of Love” For Latest SiriusXM Polaris Cover Session
The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music and produced by Blue Ant Media, has revealed the second SiriusXM Polaris Cover Session for 2017 featuring Hannah Georgas reinterpreting “Crown Of Love” from Arcade Fire’s 2004 album Funeral.
An in-studio performance video of the song is now available via the Polaris Music Prize’s YouTube and Facebook channels. Additionally, an audio stream of it can be found on the official Polaris Soundcloud page. Georgas recorded her version of “Crown Of Love” at Toronto’s Woodshed studio. She also plays all instruments on the song. It was produced and engineered by Holy Fuck’s Graham Walsh.
“It just brings me back to when I first moved to the West Coast. I was going to school in Victoria and my friend and I would just play this record over and over again,” said Georgas in the video. “It brings back a lot of memories and it’s just a really close record to me.”
Georgas’ adaptation is the second of three cover sessions planned for 2017 that will feature past Polaris nominees reinterpreting songs from the “hall of fame” albums that have received Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize designation. Arcade Fire’s Funeral album earned its Heritage Prize designation last year in the 1996-2005 public vote category. Georgas has been nominated for the Polaris Prize twice in the past, making the 2010 Long List for her This Is Good album and again in 2013 for her self-titled record.
The Arcade Fire cover joins Les soeurs Boulay’s take on Kate & Anna McGarrigle’s “Complainte pour Ste-Catherine,” which was the first Heritage Prize adaptation released this past March. The third cover session will be released in August. All three of these cover sessions will then be compiled onto a collectible 10” vinyl record that will be given free to purchasers of 2017 Polaris nominated albums at participating record retail stores in the fall.
Other songs in the cover sessions series, which are also supported by SOCAN and Precision Record Pressing, include Zaki Ibrahim performing Leonard Cohen’s “Show Me The Place,” Whitehorse performing The New Pornographers’ “Bones Of An Idol,” Sarah Harmer performing Caribou’s “Odessa,” Great Lake Swimmers performing Sarah Harmer’s “I’m A Mountain,” Arkells performing Owen Pallett’s “I Am Not Afraid” and Joel Plaskett performing Feist’s “Bittersweet Melodies.”