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Polaris Podcast

Exploring the rich and intriguing stories behind the Canadian albums nominated for the Polaris Music Prize. Featuring artist interviews & in-depth juror analysis.

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Ep.19 - Jeremy Dutcher Wins

Jeremy Dutcher has won the 2018 Polaris Music Prize for the album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa. In this episode we speak with Dutcher about how he felt when he won, who the album was made for and what his name means. We also check in with Matt Carter, the Polaris Grand Juror who was tasked with speaking on behalf of Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa at the 2018 Polaris Gala.

41mins

22 Sep 2018

Rank #1

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Ep.18 - 2018 Short List Discussion

The 10-album 2018 Polaris Music Prize Short List has arrived. To document this important occasion we gathered three jurors — Ian Steaman, Laura Stanley and Marc-André Mongrain — to weigh in on each album.

25mins

3 Aug 2018

Rank #2

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Ep.17 - 2018 Long List Discussion

On June 14 we released the 40 album 2018 Polaris Long List based on ballots submitted by 203 Polaris jurors. For this episode we got three of those jurors — Michael Rancic, Erin Lowers and Christine McAvoy — to analyze what trends they saw in this year's list, what albums they voted for, and what album they think will win the whole thing this year.

22mins

4 Jul 2018

Rank #3

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Ep.16 - Ask Polaris Anything

Now that #Polaris2018 season is in full swing we did an Ask Polaris Anything with founder and executive director Steve Jordan. Topics included: what makes a good or bad juror, how an act can get nominated, best Gala performances and more.

27mins

11 Jun 2018

Rank #4

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Ep.15 - Live In Hamilton

The Polaris Podcast traveled to Hamilton, Ontario for this live taping event at Jillard Guitars featuring jurors Jamie Tennant (CFMU), J.C. Villamere (villamere.com) and Biljana Njegovan (Cut From Steel) talking records with Steve Jordan. Topics included Arkells, Junior Boys, Caribou as well as speculation about which album should win #Polaris2018.

23mins

10 May 2018

Rank #5

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Ep.14 - k-os and Feist

Feist's 'Let It Die' and 'Joyful Rebellion' by k-os are the albums we focus on for this Polaris Podcast episode thanks to their recent Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize hall of fame designations. We'll hear expert analysis of these albums from expert Polaris jurors Karen Bliss and Tabassum Siddiqui. 

18mins

13 Mar 2018

Rank #6

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Ep.13 - The Tragically Hip & Eric's Trip

The Tragically Hip's 'Fully Completely' and Eric's Trip's 'Love Tara' albums are the focus of this Polaris Podcast episode thanks to their recent Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize hall of fame designations. We'll hear expert analysis of 'Love Tara' from veteran East Coast arts reporter Stephen Cooke before checking in with Michael Barclay, author of the forthcoming book 'The Never-Ending Present: The Story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip.'

25mins

6 Mar 2018

Rank #7

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Ep.12 - Glenn Gould & Harmonium

Glenn Gould's 'Bach: The Goldberg Variations' and Harmonium's 'L'Heptade' albums are the focus of this Polaris Podcast episode thanks to their recent Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize hall of fame designations. We'll hear expert analysis of the Gould record from CBC Radio's Katherine Duncan and then speak with Harmonium's Louis Valois to discuss the album some people call Quebec's 'Dark Side Of The Moon.'

22mins

17 Jan 2018

Rank #8

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Ep.8 - 2017 Short List

With the help of CBC's Raina Douris, we assembled a panel of Polaris jurors including Adrian Lee, Jill Krajewski and Chaka Grier to predict what would make the 2017 Polaris Music Prize Short List. Then, once the list got announced, we got their reactions to it.

41mins

15 Aug 2017

Rank #9

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Ep.5 - Buffy Sainte-Marie & Tanya Tagaq

Past winners Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tanya Tagaq discuss their new collaborative song, “You Got To Run (Spirit Of The Wind).” Recorded in fall 2016 with producer Jon Levine (Nelly Furtado, K’naan, Drake) and mixed by Howie Beck (Feist, Hannah Georgas, Jason Collett), the song is inspired by champion dogsled racer George Attla, who competed in the first-ever Iditarod dog sled race in 1973 and was the subject of the 1979 film, Spirit Of The Wind.

23mins

15 Feb 2017

Rank #10