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Polaris Salons Announced For Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Montreal, Halifax

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It’s time for the critics to fight.

Steve Jordan, Founder and Executive Director of the Polaris Music Prize, today announced a series of upcoming fall UFC (Ultimate Fighting Critics) Polaris Salons for Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Halifax. Additionally, a Salon in London, UK will also be happening.

These Salons will gather some of the best music writers, programmers and broadcasters from across Canada and beyond to answer the question “Who deserves to win the Polaris Music Prize?” All aided by argument fortifying alcohol and the goading of their peers.

London, UK will host its first ever Polaris Salon this Friday, August 30 at Rough Trade. Toronto's Soho House will host a Salon on September 16. Vancouver will be abuzz with their Salon the night of the Polaris Gala on September 23. September 27’s Salon in Montreal will be part of Pop Montreal and October 26’s Salon in Halifax will be a part of the Halifax Pop Explosion.

More information on the Salons is listed below:  

Toronto Salon
Date: September 16, 2013
Time: 7 p.m.
Venue: Soho House
Address: 192 Adelaide St.
Moderator: James Keast, Editor of Exclaim! Magazine
Panelists:
Ryan B Patrick (Exclaim! Magazine)
Frank Yang (www.chromewaves.net)
Anupa Mistry (freelance journalist)

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Ottawa Salon
Date: September 17, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Venue: National Arts Centre: Fourth Stage
Address: 53 Elgin St.
Moderator: Steve Jordan, Founder and Executive Director of the Polaris Music Prize

Panelists:
Alan Neal (CBC-All In A Day)
Ryan Bresee (CKCU)
Peter Hum (Ottawa Citizen)
John Sekerka (Freelance Journalist)

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Vancouver Salon
Date: September 23, 2013
Time: 8 p.m.
Venue: The Cobalt
Address: 917 Main St.
Moderator: Lisa Christiansen, CBC

Panelists:
Francois Marchand (Vancouver Sun)
Gregory Adams (Georgia Straight/Exclaim!)
Christine McAvoy (VancouverIsAwesome.com)
Alan Ranta (Exclaim!)

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Montreal Salon (Part of Pop Montreal)
Date: September 27, 2013
Time: 6:45pm
Venue: Pop Quarters
Address: EBAM: 3450 St. Urbain
Moderator: Steve Jordan, Founder and Executive Director of the Polaris Music Prize

Panelists:
Pierre Landry (Radio-Canada)
Erik Leijon (freelance writer, Montreal Gazette,Cult MTL, Huffington Post)
Christine Fortier (freelance writer, CISM)

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Halifax Salon (Part of Halifax Pop Explosion)
Date: October 26, 2013
Time: 4 PM
Venue: Commons Room, Atlantica Hotel, 1980 Robie St (@ Quinpool)
Moderator: Steve Jordan, Founder and Executive Director of the Polaris Music Prize

Panelists:
Andrew King (Canadian Musician)
James Keast (Exclaim!)
Ryan McNutt (McNutt Against The Music)
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