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Polaris People For The Week Of April 5: Patrick Watson's Orchestra & Besnard Lakes' Saturation Coverage

· by Aaron Brophy

Hey, have you seen the latest Scion FR-S? You know, its four-cylinder boxer engine generates an impressive 200 horsepower. And, it’s quite a sexy beast.

On an unrelated note, Scion has officially been announced as the new presenting sponsor for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize. They’re legit. Check out their Scion Sessions musical roster.

In other important news, Canadian music watchers should make special note of the following dates:

June 13 – Long List announcement (Montreal)
July 16 – Short List announcement (Toronto)
September 23 – Gala and winner announcement (Toronto)

It’s all happening. Now let’s see what’s going down with our favourite people, the Polaris People.

Over at Consequence Of Sound they believe they’ve cracked the code to what makes former champ Caribou tick with “11 Artists That Influenced Caribou’s Up In Flames.” They forgot “hash and high school calculus.”

In case you haven’t noticed, Toronto Blue Jays fever has flared up among a certain segment of sports fans and two-time Short Listers Metric have been caught in the plague. The band’s “Stadium Love” is the official anthem for the Jays this season (even though two Jays use Drake as their going-up-to-bat music). Also, here’s Emily Haines talking about style and beauty essentials.

Speaking of Drake, everyone knows the 2012 Short Lister is an international superstar, but now he’s also the subject of a peculiar sociological experiment. Namely, the folks at Noisey decided to follow all the same people Drake followed on Twitter to see the social media world the way Drizzy would. Also, no hating. And here’s Drake in another paintball fight:

Apparently feeling guilty because he was terrible in French class, Joel Plaskett went back to his alma matter this week to perform a fundraising show at Halifax West High School.

Continuing with nice hometown news, 2009 Short Listers Elliott Brood got a warm welcome when they returned to Windsor, Ontario recently. They also explained to folks what a banjitar is.

Past Short and Long Listers Holy Fuck appear to have started working on a new record. This’ll be their fourth album.


In the event that you read no music media whatsoever other than this column, two-time Short Listers The Besnard Lakes have released new album Until In Excess Imperceptible UFO. Some of the publications who’ve weighed in on its merits include Pitchfork, Huffington Post Quebec, DIY, Toronto Star, Chicago Tribune, NME, Exclaim, Bande a part, PopMatters and Paste. This is probably all The Dark Side Of The Moon‘s fault.

Continuing our media watch, past Short and Long Listers Tegan And Sara are the big cover stars of the latest issue of The Advocate. Find out more about that here.

If you see some weird-hatted beardy fellow clapping and hopping around in a corner all excited that would probably be former Polaris champ Patrick Watson. It’s just been announced the Watson crew will be performing two shows with Orchestre Symphonique de Québec in Quebec City in November

Finally, British bookmakers have given David Bowie’s The Next Day the nod as early favourite to win the Mercury Music Prize. We’d like to see them have a go at our wildly unpredictable annual event. They’d be lost.

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