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Polaris People For The Week Of August 30: Grimes Gets Covered And Shad Has A Fam Jam

· by Aaron Brophy

By the time you read this we will have successfully invaded London, UK for our first overseas Polaris Salon.

We always thought it went Manhattan, then Berlin, but Whitechapel works, too.

Closer to home we’ve just announced Salons for Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Montreal and Halifax. Not that you should need incentive, but there’ll be prizes on top of the music nerd conversation.

Now let’s see what some of our favourite people, the Polaris People, have been up to.

Polaris Gala co-host Shad has a new video for the song “Fam Jam (Fe Sum Immigrins).” Seeing those aluminum trays packed with food sure makes a person hungry. It’s not just us, right?

Rolling Stone got the scoop on that new power trio Tegan And Taylor And Sara. Taylor Swift is apparently the boss. The current Short List nominees will also be taking a cruise with Paramore.

In the worst kept secrets department, former Polaris champs Arcade Fire have confirmed that the weird “Reflektor” campaign that’s been appearing all over is their fault. Also 9/9/9 is going to be a thing. Or, more likely, #999.

Fucked Up
will be performing at the Art Gallery Of Ontario on September 5 as part of of a “freedom of expression” party featuring a Ai Weiwei video chat. We strongly encourage Damian to treat the whole thing like a surreal tables, ladders and chair match.

In other concert news, current Short Lister Zaki Ibrahim and 2010 Long Listers Zeus will be among the performers at The Junction Music Festival in Toronto on September 21.

Remember when Elliott Brood got everyone in the audience to bang on shit during their performance at the 2009 Polaris Gala? Good times. They’ve been around for a decade now.

This week’s Drake update.

We can only assume that was being buggy because we totally missed The Weeknd‘s exclusive private listening party. Busta Rhymes got his though, so WTF?

Elsewhere, we’re not picking sides or anything, but THIS thing exists and if it motivates you one way or the other, well, you do what you gotta do.

Finally, here’s Franz Ferdinand covering Grimes‘ “Oblivion.” Because why not?


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