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SiriusXM Canada Named Radio Broadcaster, Montreal Long List And Salon Details Announced

· by Aaron Brophy

Bright antennas will bristle with the energy now that the Polaris Music Prize has secured SiriusXM Canada as official radio broadcaster for the 2013 Polaris season.

As anyone who’s lost themselves on the SiriusXM Canada “’60s On 6” channel can attest, this is a good get. The SiriusXM Canada folks seem keen, too.

“We’re proud to continue our partnership with Polaris Music Prize and look forward to providing our North American listening audience broadcast performances from the gala event featuring Canada’s favourite bands,” said Jeff Leake, Director, Music Programming, SiriusXM Canada.

SiriusXM Canada will broadcast the 2013 Polaris Music Prize Gala, taking place September 23 at The Carlu in Toronto. The Gala will be heard live on The Verge XM 173 and Iceberg on Sirius 151.

In other very important news, we’ve locked down a number of major details for our big Montreal takeover/2013 Polaris Long List reveal.

First, location. The 40 albums making this year’s Long List will be announced at Centre Phi (407, Saint-Pierre Street) in Montreal on June 13. In a show of wonderful synergy it will be hosted by Andreanne Sasseville of SiriusXM Canada.

Following immediately-ish after the Long List announcement and reception we’ll get to arguing with our first-ever lunchtime Polaris Salon. Moderated by Steve Jordan, Director and Founder of the Polaris Music Prize, along with Melissa Hetu of TFO, the panelists will include other to-be-announced Montreal-based jury members in a knock ’em down, drag out debate about the freshly unveiled Long List.

The Polaris Music Prize awards $30,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year. Judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration of genre or record sales, the prize’s past winners have included Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy (2006).

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