Polaris Prize Salon announced for Saskatoon

Ominocity’s Chris Morin to moderate music nerd brawl on September 10

One of the best things that the Polaris Music Prize does is incite national discussion on Canada’s best new music.

Although discussion might be too tame a word for it. In fact, a precursory glance on social media following any sort of long-list/short-list announcement reveals that there are those out there who are willing to snark-fight about who the musicians behind the “real” best album really are.

So, with that in mind, the Polaris Prize Salons are a forum – blood arena if you will – for the jurors to argue with one another over the merits of the short-listed candidates, who missed out, and who they are keeping their collective eyes on for next year.

Even better, we are letting audiences in on the music-merits thumbwrestling.

In addition to events happening across Canada, Saskatoon will be hosting its own Polaris Prize Salon on Wednesday, September 10 at Beaumont Records. The event starts at 7pm and runs until 9pm. Also, don’t dawdle as there is limited space available for this event.

Also, some kind of delicious foamy beverages. Maybe. We’re working on it.

Ominocity’s Chris Morin will be moderating the event, which will feature a Saskatoon dream-team of Polaris jurors including Craig Silliphant (Ominocity, Planet S, The Feedback Society), Alex MacPherson (Verb Magazine), Adrien Begrand (Decibel, Terrorizer) and Stephanie McKay (Saskatoon StarPhoenix), who will be featured on this year’s Grand Jury during the 2014 Gala event in Toronto on September 22.

There’s a Facebook event for the Salon HERE.

The Polaris Prize unveiled their short-listed albums way back in July, which was selected by over 190 critics and broadcasters from across the country – sadly, there were (once again) no Saskatchewan artists on the list.

For those not in the know, the Polaris Music Prize is a music award annually given to the best full-length Canadian album-based on artistic merit, regardless of genre, sales, or record label.

The winner of this year’s Polaris Music Prize will be announced at the gala event on September 22.

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These Polaris Salons are sponsored by the Recording Artists’ Collecting Society (RACS), a division of ACTRA who work to make sure eligible recording artists get the hot cash money they deserve.