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Polaris People For The Week Of January 11: Besnard Lakes Return, Sir Joel Plaskett And Solo Junior Boys

· by Aaron Brophy

We kissed off 2012 with one last massive collection of Polaris juror Top Ten lists and now it’s time to start looking forward.

Two weeks into 2013 and our regular Polaris Picks segment is rolling (check out our latest lauding Dusted), and more importantly our favourite people, the Polaris People, are back at it doing interesting things again.

Let’s check and see what some of them have been up to:

We were sad to learn our friend The Waldorf Hotel had been sold. Apparently 2012 Short Lister Grimes was upset, too.

Keeping with the 2012 class, YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN were recently in Voir. Check that out.

Two-time Polaris Short Listers The Besnard Lakes have premiered their new song “People Of The Sticks.” It’s from their excitingly titled forthcoming album Until In Excess,Imperceptible UFO. The title has “UFO” in it. Clearly this is a 9/10er.

Remember when former champs Arcade Fire had that secret preview show/party for their new album recently? Well, they’re going to be part of a different sort of party soon to help Haiti and all you need to get in is $175 or so.

It’s just a matter of time until we have to start calling two-time Short Lister Joel Plaskett “Sir” and hope he’ll offer to let us accompany him on holy quests. That’s because he’s just received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

There’s all sorts of inter-connected Polaris-isms about Junior Boys member Jeremy Greenspan’s new single. We, however, most appreciate the familiar artwork he’s been using.

Oh, and did you hear about Casey Laforet of Elliott Brood? His partner Jane Maggs gave birth to Toronto’s first baby of 2013, Wynn Christopher Laforet. That kid knows how to make an entrance.

Now, for some further reading:

R&B hipster you ho, this is all your fault.

Also, everyone’s up-to-date about this, right?

Ireland’s Meteor Choice Music Prize nominees have been announced.

That Wavelength 13th anniversary festival sounds like something (plus, Polaris People!).

Also, fight the power. With music (plus, Polaris People!).

Lastly, a sly shoutout to whoever is’s online urls editor. “Twins Peak.” Wordplay.


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