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Polaris People For The Week Of August 9: Origins Of Young Galaxy, A Tribe Called Red Idle No More

· by Aaron Brophy

Let us kick off this week’s column with a wee trip into the way-back machine by taking a gander at some of the videos from past Polaris champions.

In a mere 45 days we’ll be adding one more new name to this playlist. It’s all terribly exciting.

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

Our special friends and broadcast partners at AUX TV talked to current Short Listers A Tribe Called Red about their symbiotic connection to the Idle No More movement. You can see the video of that here:

Over at Quick Before It Melts they spent some time contemplating fellow current Short Lister Metric‘s Synthetica album. “A glimmer of optimism still remains.”

Sara Quin, one-half of current Short List twin-pack Tegan And Sara recently discussed the joys of purchasing lime green suede designer sneakers. Her and her sister also teamed up with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at Osheaga.

And our soon-to-be-friends from the just-launched Toronto radio station Indie 88 spoke to 2013 Short Listers Young Galaxy. You can find out the origin of the band’s name here.

In new album news, 2012 Short Listers Yamantaka // Sonic Titan have announced plans for their new album Uzu. It’ll be out on October 29.

You can’t buy former Polaris champ Owen Pallett‘s In Conflict album yet and there’s someone to blame for that… Arcade Fire. Find out why.

Elsewhere, Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs/Divine Fits member Dan Boeckner is planning to release something new as Operators. Apparently it’ll be punky and recall Unwound, Fugazi and Sonic Youth.

Murray Lightburn of The Dears continues to press on with his forthcoming solo project Mass:Light, which comes out August 20. He just made the song “A Thousand Light Years” available for free download and friends of his are trying to make the hashtag #angrydisco a thing.

‘ new album Flourish // Perish also comes out on August 20. They’re teasing that with the release of a new song called “Hossak.”

Lastly, rest in peace to former Blue Rodeo keyboard player James Gray.


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