Category Archives: Grayowl Rants & Raves

Why Drake Should Win the Polaris Prize

by Eleni Armenakis Drake’s place on the Polaris short list might be the most contentious nomination this year. While the Polaris is awarded on merit, there’s a strong undercurrent of thought that suggests the prize, and it’s $30,000 reward, are … Continue reading

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Why Shad Should Win The Polaris Prize

by Laura Stanley “Tough topics get hushed and life is often unjust.” – “Y’all Know Me” Shadrach Kabango aka Shad K. aka Shad, is no stranger to the Polaris Music Prize. After co-hosting the gala with Kathleen Edwards in 2013, … Continue reading

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Why Mac DeMarco Should (But Won’t) Win the Polaris Prize

By Jack Derricourt Polaris season is upon us. The long list has become a short list, and soon the short list will become the shortest list possible: one. There are plenty of good Canadians up for the award this year. … Continue reading

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Why Jessy Lanza should with the Polaris Prize

by Elena Gritzan In its eight years of existence, the Polaris Music Prize has only gone to one electronic artist. Caribou took it home with his 2007 album Andorra, but even that was back in 2008. While there have consistently … Continue reading

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Why Owen Pallett should win the Polaris Prize

by Elena Gritzan Michael mentioned in his Arcade Fire essay this week that if the widely celebrated Montreal band were to take home the honour, they would be the first to do so for a second time. It would certainly … Continue reading

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Why Arcade Fire should win the Polaris Prize

by Michael Thomas But they already won the Polaris Prize! – Jaded Polaris Fan #1 This is their weakest album so far, it doesn’t deserve it. – Jaded Polaris Fan #2 These are just two of many (transparently imagined) responses … Continue reading

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Norther Than Easterly: What Does It All Mean?

By Jack Derricourt “Don’t worry about it. Just enjoy yourself” – The Editor 21/06/14 I got a clear mandate from Grayowl’s grand inquisitor, Michael Thomas, at the start of NXNE. While I was stressing out about combinations of bands, and … Continue reading

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NXNE: Who to see

by Michael Thomas Tomorrow the insanity of NXNE begins anew, and as usual, there are so many great acts playing that finding the “right” ones can be a daunting task. Here are some of my picks for this year’s festival, … Continue reading

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Most People’s Top Canadian Records of 2013

Most People are one of our favourite bands. They captured our hearts with their live show around Toronto and the playful atmospheric pop of their debut record has our full support. We asked Brandon Gibson-DeGroote and Paul McEachern to share … Continue reading

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snoqualmie’s Top 10 Canadian Albums of 2013 (and one from 2012)

Our friends snoqualmie (in all of their lower-case glory) have graciously offered up their top 10 Canadian albums of the year list to us for the second year in a row. Joining Blake Enemark this year is the band’s current … Continue reading

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