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Polaris People For The Week Of March 2 ““ Dears Heart CKUT, Sadies Meet Pinsent, Pallett's Secret Show And More

· by Aaron Brophy

We can now say we’ve officially gone nationwide with our recent four-city “Half Year In Review” Polaris Salon tour. And there’s more coming. Stay tuned for announcements of upcoming Salons in various cities and set your calendars for the next artist-centric Salon when Exclaim’s David Dacks discusses the merits of “The Other Side Of Tomorrow” By The Slakadeliqs in Toronto on March 6.

Now that you’re up-to-date on the latest from Polaris’ debate society, it’s time to check out what other Polaris People have been up to. Here are some of the things:

Katie Lee from 2011 Short List nominees Braids and Natalia Yanchak from 2007 Short List nominees The Dears both took some time to share the love for CKUT and college radio. You can see what they said here.

Meanwhile, Yanchak’s Dears bandmate Rob Benvie has been busy. His long-dormant electro project Camouflage Nights will finally be coming out on April 24 through Sonic Unyon Records. He’s also going to be part of a poetry reading.

Perhaps in anticipation of season two’s debut April 1 on HBO, 2011 Short Listers Timber Timbre and their friends in Ohbijou have taken to playing the Game Of Thrones theme song at house parties.

Two-time nominee K’naan continues his media mastery. He was on Letterman with Nelly Furtado, convinced Bono to be on his new album, will be performing on the live broadcast of the Genie Awards on March 8 and parents are using his music for mind molding their children.

So yeah, 2006 Polaris champion Owen Pallett recently played a secret show at Toronto’s Drake Hotel for what was apparently the birthday party for Dorian Wolf, he of the 2011 Short List-nominated act Austra. Oh, and it was free.

Travis Good from psychedelic outlaws and 2010 Short Listers The Sadies has teamed up with Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor to provide the backing music to the poetry of Companion of The Order of Canada and Fellow of The Royal Society of Canada, Gordon Pinsent. The resulting album, called ‘Down And Out In Upalong,’ is coming out April 10.

Brendan Canning of the double-nominees Broken Social Scene will be releasing an album under the name of his new/old moniker Cookie Duster.

2011 champs Arcade Fire have debuted a new song “Abraham’s Daughter.”

The Weeknd has a new video. Same with Tegan And Sara And Morgan Page. And Elliott Brood were on Q.

Feist is heading home to headline Sled Island in Calgary. Meanwhile, Polkaroo-like phantom Dan Bejar and his Destroyer alter-ego will be touring across North America. And Dan Mangan will be the host of the upcoming Juno Awards Songwriters’ Circle.

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