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Polaris People For The Week Of June 22 ““ Feist Goes To Calgary, Austra Tattle On Grimes And More

· by Aaron Brophy

Let the debating begin.

There was already a good row the night the 2012 Polaris Prize Long List was announced when the Waldorf Hotel hosted a special Vancouver Polaris Salon.

Now the arguing hits the east side.

On Tuesday, June 26 an panel of Polaris jurors will convene at the Drake Hotel to talk Long List at a Polaris Salon. Then, the next night, we do the same thing all over again in Montreal at Divan Orange with another group of jurors.

Meanwhile, some of our jurors are getting down to the serious business of assessing the Long List in anticipation of submitted their Short List ballot.

Throughout, as always, there remains the Polaris People. Here’s what they were up to this week:

Twice-Short Listed rockers Metric recently shed the synthetics for NPR in a decidedly picturesque setting.

Reigning Polaris champs Arcade Fire and the just-reunited Wolf Parade are totally gearing up for their big Australian tour. In addition, folks looking to learn the secret of Win Butler and crew's success might want to check out this lengthy interview with the band's manager, Scott Rodger.

Current Long Lister and past double-Short Lister Joel Plaskett has had some weird chance encounters with blues great Bo Diddley over the years and he talked about them.

Multi-time past-Polaris nominee Feist (both solo and with Broken Social Scene) displayed both her hard and soft side for hometown press recently.

2012 Long Listers A Tribe Called Red have top billing in a CBC Music story about Aboriginal electronic acts you need to learn about post-haste.

Fellow 2012 Long Lister Drake has figured out the best way to deflect attention away from his alleged participation in an alleged bar brawl allegedly with alleged Chris Brown. And that is to invite what appears to be everybody you know — French Montana, 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Waka Flocka Flame, J. Cole, Busta Rhymes, A$AP Rocky, Mavado, Jim Jones Juelz Santana and Cam’ron — to join you onstage for a mega-show.

2011 Short Listers Austra have totally ratted on 2012 Long Lister Grimes for her apparent love of Marilyn Manson. The beautiful people, yo.

Still on this year's Long List, Manitobans are pleased to have two of their own — John K. Samson and Cannon Bros. — on the list.

And in news that's less “news†so much as it's cosmic inevitability, twice Long Listed, once Short Listed act The New Pornographers have covered Fleetwood Mac. You can hear it here.

Finally, Polaris People are known to be a worldly lot, and here's some proof — the Brits are paying attention to the Long List. However, as illustrated in this in-depth Montreal Gazette piece, the road remains uneven for Quebec acts like former champ Karkwa and past Short Listers Malajube and Galaxie.

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