A whirlwind trip to the 2011 Polaris Prize Gala

This year’s Polaris Prize Gala was especially neat for me. Not only was I able to correctly predict the winner after five years of failing miserably at playing fortune teller (congrats, Arcade Fire!), but I also got a chance to attend the grand affair for the first time on Monday. Unlike the Toronto-based Polaris jurors, … Continue reading

Eyes on the Prize: My picks for this year’s Polaris long-list

Come June 7, jurors like myself will have submitted their top five nominations for this year’s Polaris Prize. It’s not an easy task, whittling away the seventeen Canadian albums you’ve had on repeat for the past year down to a meagre handful, but I’ve managed to narrow things. Hooray, indeed, but my heart breaks for … Continue reading

My Polaris Prize picks

Last night at midnight was the deadline for all Polaris Music Prize  jurors to submit their Top 5 album choices for the 2010 award. I’ve been a juror since 2007, and compared to past years, this round proved to be the toughest. There were about ten albums neck-and-neck, vying for a shot at the Long … Continue reading

The future of Canadian music

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to talk to youth involved The Cultch’s IGNITE! Mentorship Program about media relations in the arts. I sat on a panel with Janet Smith, arts editor at the Georgia Straight, and Rebecca Sharma, media coordinator for The Cultch. Collectively, we chatted about the steps one needs to take in … Continue reading

The CanCon Queen returns to “Duncan’s Donuts” on CiTR

Today I had the pleasure of co-hosting “Duncan’s Donuts” on CiTR 101.9 FM with Duncan McHugh. Here’s the mp3 of the show if you missed the fun. Oh, and in case you don’t know who the CanCon queen is, it’s me. I earned the title last time I co-hosted with Duncan because I brought so … Continue reading

The prairies are alive with the sound of home

Hello, Edmonton! I’m back for the next couple of days to visit family for Thanksgiving. Although I’d hardly call this cold, barren city a relaxing vacation destination, it’s nice to be back in the place where I grew my roots, especially as a music journalist. I have so many fond music memories here: shows at … Continue reading

There must’ve been something in the water (feat. The Falklands)

Last week, I got an e-mail from an old friend from junior high. Mark Budd and I haven’t spoken in nearly 10 years, but I still vividly remember his awesome Chuck Taylors and Mad Bomber Society t-shirts. From what I remember, Budd was a huge music junkie so it was no surprise to hear that … Continue reading

And the winner is … Fucked Up

There you have it, folks. The 2009 Polaris Music Prize winner is Fucked Up‘s The Chemistry Of Common Life. As you probably already read on my previous Polaris post, the Toronto-based pop-core band weren’t my number one choice. Actually they weren’t even on my radar. I was upset when they were announced as the winners … Continue reading

CBC Radio 3 is borrowing my blogging soul

Hello gentle readers, I will be interning at CBC Radio 3 for the next two weeks. Part of my job involves blogging about all the awesome indie music tidbits I come across, so this page might be a bit bare over the next little while. I’ll try to cross-post as often as I can. In … Continue reading

Melissa McClelland, you’ll be in my heart while I “Jerk It”

I’m so bummed. This morning, I was talking to the lovely Emily from Six Shooter Records, and she kindly reminded me that one of my new favorite artists Melissa McClelland will be playing here in Vancouver tomorrow night, April 25, at the Media Club—the SAME night I plan to watch the electro/thrash/power pop duo Thunderheist paint … Continue reading

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