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Polaris People For The Week Of Feb. 10 ““ K'naan And 50 Cent, Polaris-Juno Crossover, Radio Radio Party Videos And More

· by Aaron Brophy

If it seemed like there were a lot of familiar names when the 2012 Juno Awards nominations were announced on Feb. 7 it’s true. A number of 2011 Polaris Music Prize Short- and Long-Listers also got nods in various categories. These included Arcade Fire, Austra, Braids, D-Sisive, Destroyer, Diamond Rings, Jenn Grant, Tim Hecker, Hey Rosetta!, Malajube, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Ron Sexsmith, Sloan, Colin Stetson and Timber Timbre. To read the full list of Juno nominees go here.

Those weren’t the only Polaris people doings, though. Here’s what some of Canada’s best have been up to:

2007 Short-Lister Feist will be taking 2011 Short-Listers Timber Timbre with her on the “Metals” creator’s upcoming headlining U.S. tour. OMG OMG swoon bonus: Feist will also be playing a special show April 23 in Tucson, AZ with Bon Iver (and his Polaris-nominated sax-playing sideman Colin Stetson).

Tegan And Sara have come out as being firmly Team Lana Del Rey in the greatest debate of our time. The pair, who hit the Short List in 2010 for “Sainthood,” are also on this month’s cover of Curve magazine.

Julien Sagot from 2010 Polaris winners Karkwa has just released a new solo album called “Piano Mal.” To find out more about that album, go here.

Cadence Weapon, the 2006 Short-Lister who’s “making so much music right now,” is going to have to take a break April 18-22 when he headlines the Lawnya Vawnya festival in St. John’s, NFLD. He’ll be joined by fellow Polaris alum Julie Doiron and a heap of other acts.

Two-time Polaris-er K’naan says he makes 50 Cent look like Limp Bizkit and it appears Fiddy took that as a challenge as he’s in Somalia doing charity work.

Jace Lasek of The Besnard Lakes, another double-Polaris nominee, recently had his Breakglass Studios profiled in Exclaim. Read that story here.

Plants And Animals, who scored a nom in 2008 for “Parc Avenue,” debuted “Song For Love” from their forthcoming album “The End Of That” on this week.

Two Hours Traffic, the authors of 2008 Short-Listed album “Little Jabs,” will be making their return at Canadian Music Week. The band will be playing March 24 at Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern with Wintersleep.

This new Radio Radio live video sure looks like fun, doesn’t it?


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