On Tuesday night, the National Arts Centre hosted the Polaris Music Prize Panel at the Fourth Stage. The panel was moderated by Polaris founder, Steve Jordan and the panelists this year had Alan Neal of CBC’s All In A Day, Ryan Bresee of Whatever’s Cool With Me, Catherine Pogonat of Radio-Canada and Julie Ledoux of Voir.
This year is unique as the panel brought a juror from Montreal and brought some female representation to it. As usual, the panel discussed how the jurors picked their long and shortlist albums. Some had a difficult time putting a particular album on the list and what was considered a strong album to be on it. Another topic brought up was Francophone content being emphasized and recommended. Since Karkwa winning the prize in 2010, there’s been less recommendation for Francophone albums.
There was a good turnout for the panel compared to last year.
As this is a Summer entry, season 11 of the blog hasn’t started yet. For a refresher of sorts, here’s the short list for Polaris;
Alvvays – Alvvays
BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah – Sour Soul
Braids – Deep In The Iris
Caribou – Our Love
Jennifer Castle – Pink City
Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon
The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers
Buffy Sainte-Marie – Power In The Blood
Viet Cong – Viet Cong
The Gala will be held on September 21st at the Carlu in Toronto. It’s most likely I will be attending the event and look out for coverage from it through my social media.
Lastly, you can check the photos over at Flickr by clicking HERE.