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Polaris Gala Salon Tour: Edmonton, Ottawa, Saskatoon, Toronto, Montreal, New York

· by Aaron Brophy

We’re less than a month away from the Polaris Gala and Polaris Peep Show happening on Sept. 24. That means it’s time to step up the arguing.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be hosting our patented Polaris Salons with the help of our good friends Rdio in six separate cities — Saskatoon, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and if we can sneak across the border successfully, New York City.

Just like a bat signal flashed from the top of a Gotham skyscraper, these Salons are a call to arms for deep music nerds everywhere. Officially, there’ll be panels made up of Polaris jurors from each city discussing who they think will win the 2012 Polaris Music Prize, but less officially, it’s also a chance for any enthused members of the public to also come down and get involved in the debate. And potentially win prizes for doing so.

Here are all the important details for each event:

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The Two Twenty – The Den
220 20 Street West
Saskatoon, SK
Doors: 7:30 p.m.
Salon begins: 8 p.m.
FREE! 19+

Moderator: Jeanette Stewart (The StarPhoenix)
Chris Morin (Planet S and Ominocity)
Adrian Begrand (MSN Music)
Craig Silliphant (Planet S)

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Monday, September 17, 2012
Wunderbar Hofbrauhaus
8120 101 Street
Edmonton, AB
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
FREE! 19+

Moderator: Sandra Sperounes (Edmonton Journal)
Amanda Ash (Edmonton Journal)
Renato Pagnani (Freelance Journalist)
Adam Thompson (Sonic 102.9 FM)

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Drake Hotel – The Lounge
1150 Queen Street West
Doors: 7 p.m.
Salon begins: 8 p.m.
FREE! 19+

Moderator: James Keast (Exclaim!)
Aaron Brophy (Spinner)
Ben Rayner (Toronto Star)
Denise Benson (The Grid)

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Divan Orange
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Moderator: Erik Leijon (CultMTL)
Brendan Murphy (Montreal Buzz)
Catherine Pogonat (Musique Plus)
Kevin Laforest (Ex-hour)
André Péloquin (Voir)

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Thursday, September 20, 2012
Mercury Lounge
56 Byward Market Sq
Ottawa, ON
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
FREE! 19+

Moderator: Peter Simpson (Ottawa Citizen)
Guillaume Moffet (Voir)
Alan Neal (CBC)
Ryan Bresee (CKCU)

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New York
In participation with the US consulate
Moderator: Steve Jordan
Panelist, venue, date to come


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