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Polaris People For The Week Of July 5: Corb Lund Helps Out, Luyas Endorsed By David Byrne

· by Aaron Brophy

That stupid flood that ruined Calgary may have caused the very awesome Sled Island festival to be cancelled, but in true eat-the-hearts-of-our-enemies fashion Albertans are mobilizing in the aftermath. The folks at the CBC are having a block party fundraiser and that’s just one of many events across the country that’s popping up.

Even our favourite people, the Polaris People, are getting in on the action.

Current nominee Corb Lund and proud Edmonton country punks Jr. Gone Wild have officially put everyone on notice. Be there or be square.

In other news, Metric, who stand a chance of becoming the first ever act to make the Short List three separate times when this year’s finalists get announced on July 16, got to meet Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen. They apparently think Metric are very punk.

The Besnard Lakes, another act who’ve got a chance of Short Listing for the third time, were recently declared “Pick Of The Day” in Prairie Dog magazine. We mention this mostly because Regina needs our love, too.

Tegan And Sara would like you to listen to the most depressing song ever. And then banish Courtney Cox from your life.

David Byrne thinks The Luyas are a “great band.” Somewhere Win Butler is in a corner quietly trying to suppress rage tears.

A Tribe Called Red are criss-crossing the country this weekend, doing double-duty at the Halifax Jazz Fest before hitting Calgary for a show. They’re also talking about their alphabetical Polaris advantage and that special feeling you can get from powwow music.

Thank you to Lee Harvey Osmond. Until this very moment we didn’t know battered asparagus was a thing.

In the people doing neat-o stuff department, check out Polaris juror and The Snipe contributor Shawn Connor‘s really nice comic strip about Rita MacNeil (R.I.P.).

In intelligent promoter news, we can already tell this year’s Halifax Pop Explosion, happening October 22-26 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, will be sublime. Because not only will first-rate Polaris person Joel Plaskett be there, but Team Polaris will be, too.

Finally, the folks over at the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame are laying down some bold early predictions about who might win the 2013 Polaris. Some of their guesses: Daniel Romano, Les Soeurs Boulay, Hannah Georgas and Old Man Luedecke. Tweet us who you think will win.


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