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Polaris People For The Week Of June 29 ““ Lindi Ortega Likes Bourbon, Rich Aucoin Debates Money, CBC Endorse Gambling

· by Aaron Brophy

We're now only two weeks away from the unveiling of the 2012 Polaris Music Prize Short List.

That means all our jurors are deep in the middle of actually listening to all the albums they were supposed to have already listened to after the first round of voting.

We're not sweating them, though. Their efforts are yielding some bonus results in the form of intense analysis like that found here and here.

While all that's going on our favourite people, the Polaris People, continued to do interesting things this week.

On the 2012 Polaris Music Prize Long List beat we've recently learned that…

Lindi Ortega's pretty hot for cherry bourbon.

Grimes thinks Marilyn Manson's awesome.

Parlovr are looking to get bookings at bachelorette parties.

Rich Aucoin's been getting grief from Weakerthans' Jason Tait about what he'd do with the money if he won the Polaris.

… and A Tribe Called Red have been resonating not just nationally, but internationally as well.

Current Long Lister and two-time past Short Lister Cadence Weapon has been busy. He did a fascinating interview for The Bez, been talking to the A.V. Club peeps, booked some tour dates with Liars, got reviewed on Chromewaves and had his album “Hope In Dirt City†declared one of the best so far this year.

Joel Plaskett, like Cadence Weapon, is also a two-time past Short Lister and current Long Lister. Some folks don't yet know who he is, though, so the peeps at Fredericton's Best Rock, 105.3 The Fox are helping out on that front.

Reigning Polaris champs Arcade Fire apparently gave Emily Blunt an almost case of the vapours. They also, apparently, signed to Merge Records because of the food and won something called a Libera Award.

In the contests we didn't know were contests department, the band Jaunty would like the world to know that they’re more gay than past Polaris nominees Tegan And Sara.

And finally, a little something for the inveterate gamblers amongst our readership — the Polaris Music Prize betting season has officially begun. Thanks CBC, you're a paragon of virtue.

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