Polaris Prize

Haitian-Canadian Kaytranada Wins 2016 Polaris Music Prize

CP | David Friend | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada Living

This is one of Canada's most prestigious music prizes.

Viet Cong Is Dumb Art, Not an Argument for Taboos

David Psutka | Posted 09.22.2016 | Canada Music
David Psutka

The problem with this particular group of guys isn't that they invoked the Vietnam War at all, it's that they did it for a really shitty reason. To suggest that any subject matter be restricted to any artist is a low-key expression of censorship and should be resisted. Politically sensitive, controversial imagery needs to be available; to declare it off-limits infantilizes the role of music and art, and our expectations from it.

Buffy Sainte-Marie Takes Home Polaris Music Prize

The Huffington Post Canada | Jessica Chin | Posted 09.22.2015 | Canada Living

"I really am surprised."

Tanya Tagaq: I Was Racially, Sexually Harassed In Winnipeg

CP | Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada Music

WINNIPEG - A prize-winning throat singer says she was sexually harassed and called "a sexy little Indian" while in the Manitoba capital recently.Tanya...

Tanya Tagaq: Being An Aboriginal Woman Is Like Being Scared At A Horror Movie. All The Time

Huffington Post Canada Music | Sarah Kurchak | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada Music

Part way into a discussion of environmental issues, Tanya Tagaq, fuelled by a mix of frustration at the current state of the Canadian government, pass...

Tanya Tagaq: 'My Daughters Are 4 Times More Likely To Be Murdered Than Your Daughters'

The Huffington Post Canada | Jason MacNeil | Posted 09.29.2014 | Canada Music

When Tanya Tagaq won the 2014 Polaris Prize a week ago, Tagaq made international headlines with two words she uttered during her acceptance speech: F-...

PETA Responds To Tanya Tagaq's Polaris Slam: She Should 'Read More'

The Huffington Post Canada | Jason MacNeil | Posted 09.23.2014 | Canada Music

People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals hit the headlines following Polaris Prize winner Tanya Tagaq's acceptance speech last night in Toronto -- ...

Tanya Tagaq's 'Animism' Wins Polaris Prize, Blasts PETA

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.23.2014 | Canada Music

Tanya Tagaq's album "Animism " won the 2014 Polaris Music Prize. The Inuit throat singer beat high-profile albums by Drake and Arcade Fire to lay clai...

LIVE STREAM: Watch The Polaris Prize Gala Right Here

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada Music

The eighth annual Polaris Music Prize is happening tonight, Sept 22, and we will be streaming the 2014 Polaris Prize live beginning at 7pm with the pr...

Polaris Music Prize Short List (And Host) Revealed

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Music

The eighth annual Polaris Prize has revealed it's 2014 short list for the best Canadian album of the past year. The 10 nominated artists range fro...

Drake, Arcade Fire, Chromeo Make Polaris Prize Long List

The Huffington Post Canada | Jason MacNeil | Posted 06.19.2014 | Canada Music

This year's Polaris Music Prize Long List was announced this morning in Calgary with some newcomers and some old pros vying for this year's award. ...

Besnard Lakes Talk Music And LSD

The Huffington Post Canada | Vish Khanna | Posted 12.28.2013 | Canada Music

There’s a certain connotation with the music that Montreal’s Besnard Lakes make. The Polaris Music Prize-nominated rock band are often described a...

Ten Best Things At POP Montreal

HuffPost Canada Music | Melody Lau | Posted 10.01.2013 | Canada Music

Now entering its 12th year, POP Montreal has solidified its status as a well-rounded festival and, at times, a weird one. Featuring an eclectic bill o...

Want to Win an Award? Become a Canadian Musician

Danko Jones | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada Music
Danko Jones

How do you procure distinctions if you only have a modicum of talent? Join the Canadian music biz. I honestly can't tell you the exact number of distinct music award ceremonies there are in Canada because I lost count at 33. I've watched almost every person I know snag one. It's almost like when each kid gets a prize at a children's birthday party.

Godspeed, Polaris and the Art of Saying No

Liisa Ladouceur | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada Music
Liisa Ladouceur

And so now we have an even bigger story. Godspeed "slams" Polaris! My social media, full of music biz people, is awash with arguments about whether or not the band's position is respectable or bullshit. Many call them hypocrites, dicks, fake anarchists, for accepting a prize if they don't agree with what it represents. Some people seem very angry about the whole thing. I am not.

Hypocrisy, Thy Name Is Godspeed!

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada Music
Joshua Ostroff

Unfortunately, Godspeed You! Black Emperor's rant about Polaris' corporate hypocrisy (given its claim to be about recognizing "artistic merit") undercut the coolest thing about their win. Their Constellation records label boss (who does have Godspeed's dreaded "gov't. culture-money in his pockets") accepted on their behalf and said they'd be using their $30,000 winnings to fund musical instruments and musical education for Quebec prisons.

Polaris Prize Winner Godspeed You! Black Emperor Slam Polaris Prize

HuffPost Canada Music | Posted 09.24.2013 | Canada Music

Music-lovers and the Canadian music industry came together at the Polaris Music Prize Gala to celebrate and reward the best Canadian album of the past...

WATCH: Live Stream The Polaris Music Prize Gala

HuffPost Canada Music | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada Music

The Polaris Music Prize, celebrating the best Canadian album of the past year, throws itself a huge annual party with nominee performing while the Gra...

Who Will Win The 2013 Polaris Prize?

HuffPost Canada Music | Posted 09.20.2013 | Canada Music

The Polaris Music Prize, a not-for-profit organization celebrating the best Canadian album of the past year, is gearing up to reward one Canadian act ...

A Tribe Called Red Member Convinces Nepean Redskins To Change Name

HuffPost Canada Music | Jason MacNeil | Posted 09.20.2013 | Canada Music

After "Deejay NDN" Campeau, of Polaris Prize nominees A Tribe Called Red, recently filed a complaint with the the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, the ...

Native Musician Files Human Rights Complaint Against Redskins Football

HuffPost Canada Music | Jason MacNeil | Posted 09.04.2013 | Canada Music

A Tribe Called Red member Ian "Deejay NDN" Campeau has tried to get the name of a local football team in Ottawa changed for over two years. Now he's t...

WATCH: Tegan And Sara Sing With Taylor Swift

Huffington Post Music Canada | Jason MacNeil | Posted 08.21.2013 | Canada Music

Taylor Swift invited a couple special guests to her sold-out show Tuesday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles: Tegan and Sara. Swift brough...

Polaris Prize Short List Revealed

HuffPost Canada Music | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 07.17.2013 | Canada Music

The Polaris Prize short list was revealed today in Toronto, with ten releases up for Canada's critic-voted best album music prize and a chance to win ...

'Please Stop' Wearing Redface To A Tribe Called Red Shows

HuffPost Canada Music | Trevor Risk | Posted 07.13.2015 | Canada Music

Most of the professional difficulties that Ian Campeau (AKA Deejay NDN) of First Nations DJ crew A Tribe Called Red faces aren’t that of the usual s...

D-Sisive Cracks MuchFact's Music Video Code, Kinda

HuffPost Canada Music | Aaron Brophy | Posted 07.12.2013 | Canada Music

When MuchMusic compiled its Top 200 videos of 2012 list, sitting rather unobtrusively at number 77 was gloom-rapper D-Sisive's "Don't Turn The Lights ...