Category Archives: Grayowl Rants & Raves

Why Basia Bulat Should Win The Polaris Prize

by Chris Wheeler  On the evening of the 21st of September, 2013, following an in-store performance at the smaller of Rough Trade’s two London locations, I found myself sitting on the stoop of a stereotypically British townhouse with my phone … Continue reading

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Why Tanya Tagaq Should Win The Polaris Music Prize

“It seems that everybody wants to conform, to follow the same rhythms, four bars, and a chorus. I find that boring.” – Tanya Tagaq in Exclaim “[...] I know music is changing. Inuit music is changing. And there’s no stopping … Continue reading

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Why Timber Timbre Should Win the Polaris Prize

by Michael Thomas A mere three years ago, Timber Timbre was in the running for the aptly-named Creep on Creepin’ On. It brought an expansion to the band’s previously sparse sound and may have single-handedly birthed the “creep-folk” genre. And then, … Continue reading

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Why YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN Should Win the Polaris Prize

by Jack Derricourt It’s a bleak time for rock and roll. It always ebbs and flows, this guitar music of the soul, between the charts and the trash can; right now, there are guiding lights, but the air feels stale, like … Continue reading

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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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