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Polaris People For The Week Of March 23 – Cadence Weapon, Feist, Shadowy Sadies On A Shadowy Planet And More

· by Aaron Brophy

We’re deep in Canadian Music Week over here in Polarisland. That hasn’t stopped some of our juror-type friends from thinking ahead, however.

Never one to shy from a good debate, CBC Music personality and frequent Polaris host Grant Lawrence has already started soliciting jurors in the lead-up to the June 14 Polaris Long List announcement.

If that article’s any indication, there’s going to be a lot more Dan Mangan and Rich Aucoin in future Polaris People columns.

But not this week.

No, we’ve got other artists to talk about. Namely Arcade Fire, Cadence Weapon, The Sadies and Tegan And Sara.

So yeah, last year’s Polaris champs Arcade Fire have been busy. They’ve been talking about “The Hunger Games” (go Katniss!), joining Bruce Springsteen on stage at SXSW, and talking about music and philanthropy at the University of Texas.

2007 champ Patrick Watson and his band, also titled Patrick Watson, have been busy, too. First, Esquire thought so much of them it gave them SXSW best band honours. Then they released this kooky trailer video for their “Adventures In Your Own Backyard” album.

In more news from former champs, 2010 winners Karkwa recorded a CBC Music Sessions podcast.

Montreal-by-way-of Edmonton rapper and year one Polaris Short Lister Cadence Weapon gave AUX TV the dirt on his forthcoming album “Hope In Dirt City.” The loft party fan will also be part of Kazoo! Fest in Guelph, Ontario in April.

2011 Short Lister The Weeknd recently declared that he’s The Joker. Does that make Drake Batman? Elsewhere, the National Post has documented all the chaos he’s caused since releasing “House Of Balloons” a year ago.

Dallas Good from 2010 Short List nominees The Sadies will be helping out a recently revived Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet. We mention Good’s participation mostly as an excuse to go “YES! Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet are back!”

Tegan And Sara have another installment in their Carpool Confessions video series. If you don’t watch it you’ll never get these two references: swingers club, the need to pee.

If you ever wanted a glimpse into 2007 Short Lister Feist’s not-so-secret punk rock past, U.K. publication The Skinny has unearthed a clip of her old band Placebo in its feature on her. Feist has also announced worldwide tour dates, including a slot at Montreal’s Osheaga Festival.

In other news, Tim Baker of two-time Short List nominees Hey Rosetta! Has some sort of word sickness.


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