My Polaris Music Prize 2015 Short List Ballot

The Polaris Music Prize short list- that is, the ten albums the final jury will deliberate and select a winner from- will be announced on July 16. I submitted my ballot with the following: 1. Various Artists – Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966–1985 2. Steph Cameron – Sad-Eyed Lonesome… Continue reading My Polaris Music Prize 2015 Short List Ballot

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Polaris Music Prize 2015- My Ballot and the Long List

This year, as I have been for the past many, I am proud to be a member of the Polaris Music Prize jury. “The Polaris Music Prize is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours, celebrates and rewards creativity and diversity in Canadian recorded music by recognizing, then marketing the albums of the highest artistic integrity,… Continue reading Polaris Music Prize 2015- My Ballot and the Long List

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Roots Song of the Week: 2014 Polaris Music Prize Edition

[June 20- Since posting this piece on Thursday, the Long List has been announced.  While I have never seen more than three of my initial ballot choices make the Top 40 list, I don’t know if I’ve previously gone 0 for 5; likely, I have. I don’t get offended by this, but I do scratch my head.… Continue reading Roots Song of the Week: 2014 Polaris Music Prize Edition

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Why Corb Lund’s Cabin Fever Should Win the 2013 Polaris Music Prize

Since I gave up the newspaper column last year, I haven’t had too many opportunities for ‘high’ (or, even low) profile writing gigs, but the folks at the Polaris Music Prize gave me the assignment of writing a treatise on why I believe Corb Lund’s Cabin Fever should not only make the Short List (to… Continue reading Why Corb Lund’s Cabin Fever Should Win the 2013 Polaris Music Prize

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J. R. Shore- State Theatre review & the Polaris Music Prize

It is getting to that time of the year when I must finalize my Polaris Music Prize Top 5 albums of the year. For those who are unfamiliar with the Polaris Music Prize, its mission statement reads thusly: “A not-for-profit organization that honours, celebrates and rewards creativity and diversity in Canadian recorded music. Polaris recognizes… Continue reading J. R. Shore- State Theatre review & the Polaris Music Prize

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Polaris Music Prize Long List 2012

Announced ealier today, and I am pretty excited. If memory serves, I’ve never before helped three albums make the list. From the Polaris site http://www.polarismusicprize.ca/article/416/the-2012-polaris-music-prize-long-list-is-here/ “The 2012 Polaris Music Prize Long List is (in alphabetical order): A Tribe Called Red – A Tribe Called Red Marie-Pierre Arthur – Aux alentours Rich Aucoin – We’re All… Continue reading Polaris Music Prize Long List 2012

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My Polaris Ballot 2011, Round Two

 I had a hard time determining my final ballot for this year’s Polaris Music Prize. As I assume do the other jurors, I take my responsibility as a Polaris juror seriously and hate to think that any ballot is just five names entered at random or on a whim. After the ‘long list’ was revealed… Continue reading My Polaris Ballot 2011, Round Two

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My Polaris Music Prize Ballot 2011…for now

I feel honoured to be part of the Polaris Music Prize jury. All year-long I listen to some of the finest Canadian music released and each June I am asked to narrow these down- for the initial ballot- to five. I’ve spent the last several days finalizing my list, re-listening to albums I previously considered, and catching up on a few I… Continue reading My Polaris Music Prize Ballot 2011…for now

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My Polaris Ballot

Along with 200+ writers, broadcasters, and bloggers, I’ve spent recent days and weeks narrowing my list of ‘best’ Canadian albums for this week’s deadline. For more information on the Polaris Music Prize, visit http://www.polarismusicprize.ca/. Each of the members of the jury independently submit a list of our five favourite albums. The results are tabulated and… Continue reading My Polaris Ballot

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