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Polaris People For The Week Of September 21: One Last Look At The Short List

· by Aaron Brophy

These are the last days of uncertainty. By this time next week we’ll know who the next Polaris Music Prize champion will be.

We shall shower them with champagne. We will bequeath to them the giant novelty cheque (which will then get broken by CBC’s Vish Khanna, and he’ll then blame Arcade Fire). We will then pillory said act with claims they’re undeserving, too underground, too overground, too arty, or not arty enough.

And it will be glorious.

So let’s take one last look at what the 2012 Short List nominees were doing in the days leading up to the Polaris Gala (being broadcast live on Monday, Sept. 24, exclusively on SiriusXM radio —Sirius channels 151 and 152; XM channel 151 — and CBC Radio 3, with simultaneous Peep Show party going down at Toronto’s Drake Hotel *tickets still available*:

Beck. Nas. Ghostface Killah. The Streets. Daft Punk. This is what builds the stuff that is Cadence Weapon. And his mom thinks you’re biting his styles.

Cold Specks has apparently acquired a Marxophone. We don’t even know what that is, but it sure looks like a prop instrument from the set of HBO’s Carnivale. (P.S., it’s a fretless zither.) (Also, also, we still don’t know what that is.)

Drake is pretty much the most pirated musician in the world right now. That’s a lot of cash money being left on the table, but we suspect he’s still doing OK. Oh, and remember that story about him doing summer school to get his high school diploma? Credit Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari.


Kathleen Edwards
says she’s crashing the cool kids party at the Gala on Monday. Before she does that though, she’s going to be the cool kid in Kingston a couple days earlier.

There is a video where Feist (kinda) dressed up like a dragon. Could a Game Of Thrones cameo be in her future/?

Fucked Up would be keen on the idea of Drake performing with them at the Polaris Gala. Even if he doesn’t join them they’ll be fine, we’re sure. After all, word has it they can bust up a room just fine with only the help of a few fans.

Here are some fancy photos of Grimes.

Let’s revisit this essay on why Handsome Furs should win the prize.

Japandroids are part of a movement that’s proving three’s a crowd. And the folks at New Music Live are mighty keen on them.

YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN have apparently contributed music to a ninja video game. We’re of the mind that their music is the opposite of stealthy, silent ninjitsu, but good for them.

Shout outs to Edmonton Journal, The Scope, Aestheticmag and Open File Ottawa.

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