Haviah Mighty Finds $50K Polaris Prize on 13th Floor

Judges for the 2019 Polaris Music Prize decided to honour women in rap by presenting Brampton’s Haviah Mighty with the $50,000 cheque for her album 13th Floor. Her work was chosen by 11 people and announced at the annual gala held as usual at The Carlu in Toronto attended by about a thousand. The album was deemed a mightier work than the other nine shortlisters: Dominique Fils-Aimé’s Stay Tuned, Elisapie’s The Ballad of the Runaway Girl, FET.NAT’s Le Mal, Jessie Reyez’s Being Human in Public, Les Louanges‘ La nuit est une panthère, Marie Davidson’s Working Class Woman, PUP’s Morbid Stuff, Shad’s A Short Story About a War, and Snotty Nose Rez Kids’ Trapline. For being shortlisted, these nine each received a cash prize of $3,000. This was the 14th installment of the prize which began in 2006.

Tenille Townes Cleans Up at the 2019 CCMA Gala

Grande Prairie, Alberta’s Tenille Townes took Calgary by storm during the city’s hosting of the 2019 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) awards tonight. The gala was co-hosted by Dallas Smith and American achy breaky man Billy Rae Cyrus. Tenille’s #1 country radio hit “Somebody’s Daughter” took both Single of the Year and Video of the Year. And for this Top 30 US country hit, Tenille and her co-writers snatched the Songwriter(s) of the Year award. Townes picked up a fourth trophy for Female Artist of the Year. Find all award recipients below.

“Somebody’s Daughter” has picked up more than 2.3 million views.

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Paul Brandt
Dean Brody
Tim Hicks
Brett Kissel
Dallas Smith (Winner)

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
The Fall – Dallas Smith
Feels Like That – The Reklaws (Winner)
The Journey BNA Vol. 2 – Paul Brandt
Love A Girl – Tebey
New Tattoo – Tim Hicks
State Of Mind – Hunter Brothers

FANS’ CHOICE
Gord Bamford
Paul Brandt
Dean Brody
Tim Hicks
Hunter Brothers
James Barker Band
Brett Kissel (Winner)
The Reklaws
Dallas Smith
Guylaine Tanguay

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Lindsay Ell
Jess Moskaluke
Meghan Patrick
Guylaine Tanguay
Tenille Townes (Winner)

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
High Valley
Hunter Brothers
James Barker Band
The Reklaws
The Washboard Union (Winner)

INTERACTIVE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Lindsay Ell (Winner)
Aaron Goodvin
James Barker Band
Brett Kissel
Nice Horse

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Paul Brandt
Dean Brody
Tim Hicks
Brett Kissel
Dallas Smith (Winner)

RISING STAR
Shawn Austin
Jade Eagleson (Winner)
Eric Ethridge
JoJo Mason
Sons of Daughters

ROOTS ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion – Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion
Both Ways – Donovan Woods (Winner)
Heart Of Glass – Jessica Mitchell
Juliet – Dan Davidson
What We’re Made Of – The Washboard Union

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Criminal – Lindsay Ell
Dive Bar – Gord Bamford
Good Together – James Barker Band
Somebody’s Daughter – Tenille Townes (Winner)
Walls Come Down – Meghan Patrick

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR

Brett Kissel, Seth Mosley, Brad Rempel
Song: Cecilia (Performed By: Brett Kissel)

Gord Bamford, Bart Butler, Brice Long
Song: Down (Performed By: Gord Bamford)

James Barker, Todd Clark, Gavin Slate, Travis Wood
Song: Keep It Simple (Performed By: James Barker Band)

Corey Crowder, Jess Moskaluke, Jared Mullins
Song: Save Some Of That Whiskey (Performed By: Jess Moskaluke)

Barry Dean, Luke Laird, Tenille Townes
Song: Somebody’s Daughter (Performed By: Tenille Townes) (Winner)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Camouflage – Jess Moskaluke
Criminal – Lindsay Ell
Feels Like That – The Reklaws
Somebody’s Daughter – Tenille Townes (Winner)
Walls Come Down – Meghan Patrick

Shawn Mendes Wins a Pair at the 2019 VMAs

Canadian recording artist Shawn Mendes picked up a pair of MTV Video Music Awards last night at the ceremony in the US state of New Jersey. The trophies were for the music video for “Senorita” with Cuban singer Camila Cabello in the Best Cinematography and Best Collaboration categories. The MV has accumulated more than half a billion views and shows Mendes in a Fonzarelli outfit on a motorcycle and Cabello in Terminator waitress attire. The two performed the song at the gala, while Mendes also performed his Yvonne Elliman namesake “If I Can’t Have You”. “You Need to Calm Down” by US singer Taylor Swift was named Video of the Year. Since the annual gala’s launch in 1984, only one Canadian has won the latter award: Neil Young for “This Note’s for You” (1989).

The number of viewers of the VMAs has plummeted from a peak in 2011 of 12.4 million to only 2.25 million in 2018 with this year’s numbers not yet released. The yearly Much Music Video Awards (MMVAs) in Toronto were not held in 2019, and it is unclear whether they have been put to permanent rest.

The Polaris Prize Short List For 2019 Is Out Now

Stay Tuned! Quebec’s Dominique Fils-Aimé heralds the slate alphabetically with her R&B album. It is one of 10 Canadian records that have been shortlisted for the annual Polaris Music Prize, a cash reward of $50,000 presented to the disc of music deemed by judges to have the most artistic merit. Dominique’s provincial cohorts Elisapie and FET.NAT join her with singer-songwriter disc The Ballad of the Runaway Girl and alternative album Le Mal respectively.

Ontario’s Haviah Mighty caught the judges’ ears rapping on the 13th Floor. Also from the province of black flies and horseshoe falls is R&B JUNO winner Jessie Reyez who gets the nod for Being Human in Public.

The CMB’s pick of the batch is Les Louanges‘ alternative LP La nuit est une panthère. Working Class Woman Marie Davidson follows with another alternative effort. Both artists hail from Montreal. Toronto alt-rock outfit PUP attracted attention with some Morbid Stuff. Well-known rapper Shad, a JUNO winner, is shortlisted for A Short Story About a War. Finally, BC’s Snotty Nose Rez Kids make the grade with Trapline, another rap album.

Unlike the past couple of years, there is no clear frontrunner for the 2019 award. Any of these could find themselves 50 grand richer. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Toronto on September 16.

CCMA Announces Nominations for 2019 Country Music Awards

The annual CCMA Awards takes place this year in our 4th largest city – Calgary – on September 8. Two performers have thus far been announced – Alberta’s Tenille Townes (pictured above) and Old Dominion. Local lad Paul Brandt will be receiving a humanitarian award. The Canadian Country Music Association has unveiled the artist nominees, and they are as below. Find musician, radio, and industry nominees at the CCMA website. You can vote for the Fans’ Choice award here.

The gentlemen rule in most categories, while the ladies fare better in the Single of the Year and, most especially, Video of the Year sets.

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Paul Brandt
Dean Brody
Tim Hicks
Brett Kissel
Dallas Smith

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
The Fall – Dallas Smith
Feels Like That – The Reklaws
The Journey BNA Vol. 2 – Paul Brandt
Love A Girl – Tebey
New Tattoo – Tim Hicks
State Of Mind – Hunter Brothers

FANS’ CHOICE
Gord Bamford
Paul Brandt
Dean Brody
Tim Hicks
Hunter Brothers
James Barker Band
Brett Kissel
The Reklaws
Dallas Smith
Guylaine Tanguay

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Lindsay Ell
Jess Moskaluke
Meghan Patrick
Guylaine Tanguay
Tenille Townes

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
High Valley
Hunter Brothers
James Barker Band
The Reklaws
The Washboard Union

INTERACTIVE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Lindsay Ell
Aaron Goodvin
James Barker Band
Brett Kissel
Nice Horse

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Paul Brandt
Dean Brody
Tim Hicks
Brett Kissel
Dallas Smith

RISING STAR
Shawn Austin
Jade Eagleson
Eric Ethridge
JoJo Mason
Sons of Daughters

ROOTS ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion – Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion
Both Ways – Donovan Woods
Heart Of Glass – Jessica Mitchell
Juliet – Dan Davidson
What We’re Made Of – The Washboard Union

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Criminal – Lindsay Ell
Dive Bar – Gord Bamford
Good Together – James Barker Band
Somebody’s Daughter – Tenille Townes
Walls Come Down – Meghan Patrick

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR

Brett Kissel, Seth Mosley, Brad Rempel
Song: Cecilia (Performed By: Brett Kissel)

Gord Bamford, Bart Butler, Brice Long
Song: Down (Performed By: Gord Bamford)

James Barker, Todd Clark, Gavin Slate, Travis Wood
Song: Keep It Simple (Performed By: James Barker Band)

Corey Crowder, Jess Moskaluke, Jared Mullins
Song: Save Some Of That Whiskey (Performed By: Jess Moskaluke)

Barry Dean, Luke Laird, Tenille Townes
Song: Somebody’s Daughter (Performed By: Tenille Townes)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Camouflage – Jess Moskaluke
Criminal – Lindsay Ell
Feels Like That – The Reklaws
Somebody’s Daughter – Tenille Townes
Walls Come Down – Meghan Patrick

2019 Polaris Music Prize Long List Includes Laurence-Anne, Shay Lia,…

Slayers Carly Rae Jepsen, Jean Leloup, Loud, and Shawn Mendes find their albums longlisted for 2019’s Polaris Music Prize, a smattering of 40 great Canadian albums. The prize looks at both LPs and EPs released between May 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019. In fact, 19 are 2018 albums and 21 are 2019 works. The list includes 10 JUNO award winners plus nine nominees. Unlike last year, there is no clear frontrunner in this year’s batch making for an exciting run to the cash award of $50,000. The jury of 199 members considered a mere 233 albums. The Short List of 10 albums will be unveiled on July 16 and the winner announced at the annual gala in Toronto on September 16. Find the longlisted albums below.

TITLE ARTIST GENRE
Inscape Alexandra Streliski Classical
Dedicated Carly Rae Jepsen (JW) Pop
Shape of Your Name Charlotte Cornfield S-S/Folk
Do You Drive? Clairmont the Second (JN) Rap
Heaven Dilly Dally (JN) Alternative
Baby Teeth Dizzy (JW) Alternative
Nameless Dominique Fils-Aimé R&B
Ballad of the Runaway Girl  Elisapie (JN) S-S/Folk
Le Mal FET.NAT Alternative
Dose Your Dreams F–d Up (JN) Punk
13th Floor Haviah Mighty Rap
L’étrange pays Jean Leloup (JW) S-S/Folk
Being Human in Public Jessie Reyez (JW) R&B
Grenades Kaia Kater (JN) S-S/Folk
X Marks the Swirl Kimmortal Rap
La Force La Force Alternative
Dark Beings LAL Alternative
Premiere apparition Laurence-Anne Alternative
Mohawk Lee Harvey Osmond (JN) S-S/Folk
The Steal City EP Lee Reed Rap
La nuit est une panthere Les Louanges Alternative
Tout ça pour ça Loud (JW) Rap
Working Class Woman Marie Davidson Alternative
Radiant Dawn Operators Alternative
Pony Orville Peck Alternative
Morbid Stuff PUP (JN) Alternative
Les choses exterieures Salome Leclerc S-S/Folk
In Another Life Sandro Perri Alternative
A Short Story About a War Shad (JW) Rap
Shawn Mendes Shawn Mendes (JW) Pop
Dangerous Shay Lia R&B/Soul
Trapline Snotty Nose Rez Kids (JN) Rap
999 sydanie  Rap
The Gumption Tanika Charles (JN) R&B/Soul
Master Volume The Dirty Nil (JW) Rock
Forever Overhead Tim Baker S-S/Folk
Still TOBi  Rap
The Wake Voivod (JW) Metal
In the Land Of Wintersleep (JW) Alternative
The Same but by Different Means Yves Jarvis Alternative

Drake Receives Seven US Grammy Nominations

Yesterday morning, Alessia Cara, the first Canadian ever to win a Best New Artist US Grammy award, joined fellow Canuck Shawn Mendes, American singer Janelle Monae, and Apple Music host Zane Lowe to announce nominations for the 2019 installment of the annual gala. Californian rapper Kendrick Lamar leads with eight nods, while Canada’s Drake comes in second place with seven. Cara did not receive any nominations this year but Mendes was given a pair. Not having released any new music this year per se, Justin Bieber is not up for a trophy. Though his EP topped the US album chart and one of its tracks cracked the Top 5 there, The Weeknd was snubbed by the recording academy this season. Vocal jazz superstar Diana Krall, however, received two nominations for her collaborative efforts with New York’s Tony Bennett. Rising R&B star Daniel Caesar was given a thumbs up via his feature in H.E.R.’s “Best Part” (Best R&B Performance).

Several Canadians are up for awards in classical music: Marc-André Hamelin, James Ehnes, Peter Oundjian and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Gerald Finley, and Les Violons du Roy. Canada’s Boi-1da is up for the Producer of the Year, Non-Classical award and a couple of Canadian artist albums receive nominations for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical – discs from Bahamas and Chromeo.

Drake, who has already won three Grammy awards, was left off the slate last year because he did not submit album More Life for consideration stating in an interview that he was tired of being pigeonholed as a rapper. With his seven nominations this year, he has obviously patched things up with the American recording academy. The 2019 gala will determine whether he takes home the trophies for Best Rap Performance (“Nice for What” and, as a featured artist, “Sicko Mode”), Best Rap Song (“Sicko Mode” and “God’s Plan”), Record of the Year (“God’s Plan”), Song of the Year (“God’s Plan), and Album of the Year Scorpion.

Shawn Mendes’ nominations are for Song of the Year (“In My Blood”) and Best Pop Vocal Album (Shawn Mendes). Diana Krall (with Tony Bennett) receives the honours for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (“S Wonderful”) and Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album (Love Is Here to Stay).

New Brunswicker Jeremy Dutcher Wins 2018 Polaris Prize

As we predicted, Jeremy Dutcher was awarded the $50,000 Polaris Music Prize for his album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, a work recorded in his First Nations language of Wolastoq. The disc was made following a research project on archival recordings of traditional Maliseet songs at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in an attempt to preserve the music, culture, and language of his people. The announcement of his victory was made last night at Toronto’s Carlu following performances by eight of the 10 short-listed nominees. The nine others will be receiving monetary prizes of $3,000 each.

2018 CCMA Awards Winners List

The 2018 Canadian Country Music Association awards took place in Hamilton Sunday, September 9, a gala hosted by double diamond superstar Shania Twain who was presented with the Generation Award by Alessia Cara. The evening was packed with inspiring speeches and of course powerhouse performances. Below is a list of nominations with award winners in red, bold type.

FANS’ CHOICE AWARD

Gord Bamford
Dean Brody
Chad Brownlee
Tim Hicks
High Valley
James Barker Band
Brett Kissel
Jess Moskaluke
Dallas Smith
Shania Twain

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Country Music Made Me Do It – Meghan Patrick
Past The Past – Jess Moskaluke
The Project – Lindsay Ell
We Were That Song – Brett Kissel
What We’re Made Of – The Washboard Union

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Lindsay Ell
Madeline Merlo
Jess Moskaluke
Meghan Patrick
Shania Twain

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Gord Bamford
Chad Brownlee
Brett Kissel
Dallas Smith
Bobby Wills

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR

High Valley
Hunter Brothers
James Barker Band
The Reklaws
The Washboard Union

ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

The Lovelocks
Jessica Mitchell
Lindi Ortega
The Washboard Union
Donovan Woods

RISING STAR

Dan Davidson
Aaron Goodvin
Hunter Brothers
Leaving Thomas
The Reklaws

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

Chills – James Barker Band
Country Music Made Me Do It – Meghan Patrick
Drive Me Away – Jess Moskaluke
Lonely Drum – Aaron Goodvin
Side Effects – Dallas Smith

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

The Bad Guy – Meghan Patrick
Drive Me Away – Jess Moskaluke
Hometown Kids – The Reklaws
Sky Stays This Blue – Dallas Smith
We Were That Song – Brett Kissel

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR

Dean Brody, Matt Rovey
Song: 8th Day (Performed By: Dean Brody)

Dan Isbell, Meghan Patrick, Jeremy Stover
Song: Country Music Made Me Do It (Performed By: Meghan Patrick)

Zach Abend, Corey Crowder, Jess Moskaluke
Song: Drive Me Away (Performed By: Jess Moskaluke)

James Barker, Gavin Slate, Travis Wood
Song: It’s Working (Performed By: James Barker Band)

Alexander Black, Aaron Goodvin, Cathy Gravitt
Song: Lonely Drum (Performed By: Aaron Goodvin)

INTERACTIVE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

Tenille Arts
Hunter Brothers
Brett Kissel
Leaving Thomas
Nice Horse

2018 MMVAs: Shawn Mendes Wins Four Trophies

The 2018 MMVAs went down tonight in the 6-million strong metropolis, home of the Argos. It took eight days for the stage to be built and 35 tractor trailers to truck in the stage gear. The spectacle was put together by 955 people. Tyler Shaw and Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine engaged in pre-show moves, the latter duo winning the award for Best New Canadian Artist.

Shawn Mendes, who won four awards (Best Pop Artist or Group, Artist of the Year, Fan Fave Video, and Fan Fave Artist) opened the two-hour show with “Lost in Japan” and closed it with “In My Blood”. He was quick to thank fans who have been with him since his Vine-swinging beginnings when the press was christening him with appellations like “the second coming of Ed Sheeran”, “the new Bieber“, “Shawn Desman Junior” and the like.

Meghan Trainor promoted her upcoming party album with the performance of a couple of its tracks. Halsey also performed more than one song, and Bülow her latest hit “Not a Love Song”. Alessia Cara showed some “Growing Pains” and collected the trophy (a charcoal-black cuboid) for her work with Logic and Khalid; “1-800-273-8255” won the coveted Video of the Year award.

Bebe Rexha declared “I’m a Mess” and joined Albertan country star Brett Kissel (filling in for Florida Georgia Line) for “Meant to Be”. Bebe and FGL won for Best Collaboration. A medley of songs was sung classily by 98 Degrees. Guangzhounese Vancouverite Kris Wu took home the trophy for Fan Fave New Artist and performed several of his hits. 5 Seconds of Summer, repping the land down under, promoted its forthcoming album with a performance of “Youngblood”. Marshmello & Anne-Marie took the stage next, the former winning Best EDM/Dance Artist or Group and Fan Fave Single (“Wolves” with Selena Gomez). The Beaches slayed with a “T-Shirt”, currently #1 at rock radio.

Other awards were as follows: Best Director – Drake – “God’s Plan” (Director Karena Evans), Best Rock/Alternative Artist or Group – Imagine Dragons, Best Hip Hop Artist or Group – Drake, Song of the Summer – Loud Luxury (featuring Brando) – “Body”, and Fan Fave Duo or Group – BTS.

A slew of presenters appeared on stage through the broadcast which we won’t bother listing here. The event was hosted by New York’s Awkwafina (Nora Lum). The Much Music Video Awards, traditionally taking place on Fathers’ Day, was pushed to the end of August this year.

MMVAs 2018: What Stars Are Coming?

More performers at the 2018 Much Music Video awards to take place August 26 have been announced:

Alessia Cara (Canadian)
Anne-Marie (British)
The Beaches (Canadian)
Bebe Rexha (American)
Brett Kissel (Canadian)
Bulow (Global)
5 Seconds of Summer (Australian)
Halsey (American)
Kris Wu (Chinese)
Marshmello (American)
Meghan Trainor (American)
98 Degrees (American)
Shawn Mendes (Canadian)

This year’s co-host is American rapper, television personality, and actress Awkwafina. Presenters will include the following:

Alexandra Shipp (American actress)
Ashlee Simpson (American actress and recording artist)
Chrissy Metz (American actress)
Colton Haynes (American actor)
Derek Hough (American dancer and actor)
Evan Ross (American actor)
Gus Kenworthy (British American skier)
JWoww (American TV personality)
Kristin Cavallari (American TV personality)
Prince Michael Jackson
Sonequa Martin-Green (American actress)
Tyra Banks (American TV personality, former model)

Find all the nominees here: https://mmva.muchmusic.com/nominees/

Alvvays, Dutcher, Kwenders Up for Polaris Prize

Polaris Music Prize groupies are drooling, wringing hands, cringing, laughing, cheering, scratching heads, spewing forth opinionated commentary like tar suckers blow out smoke, and analyzing the blazes out of the recently released Short List. The award is for the musically most artistic album of the year (which is not necessarily the best). Of the 10 contenders, three artists are from Ontario, three from Quebec, two from New Brunswick, one from BC, and one is an American.

Alvvays, Antisocialites

Daniel Caesar, Freudian

Hubert Lenoir, Darlène

Jean-Michel Blais, Dans ma main

Jeremy Dutcher, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa

Partner, In Search Of Lost Time

Pierre Kwenders, MAKANDA…

Snotty Nose Rez Kids, The Average Savage

U.S. Girls, In A Poem Unlimited

Weaves, Wide Open

Country Music Association Announces 2018 Award Nominees

Nominations for the 2018 CCMA Awards have been announced. This year’s gala will take place September 9 in Hamilton and is to be hosted by double-diamond megastar Shania Twain. There is marked improvement in the slate of potential female winners this year.

The 10 nominees for this year’s Fans’ choice award include two female artists which is … two more than last year. They are Jess Moskaluke and Shania Twain.

Three of the five Album of the Year nominees are from women: Jess Moskaluke, Lindsay Ell, and Meghan Patrick! Meghan and Jess are also up for Single of the Year and Video of the Year. View the nominations below. For musician and radio nominations, visit the CCMA website here.

FANS’ CHOICE AWARD

Gord Bamford
Dean Brody
Chad Brownlee
Tim Hicks
High Valley
James Barker Band
Brett Kissel
Jess Moskaluke
Dallas Smith
Shania Twain

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Country Music Made Me Do It – Meghan Patrick
Past The Past – Jess Moskaluke
The Project – Lindsay Ell
We Were That Song – Brett Kissel
What We’re Made Of – The Washboard Union

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Lindsay Ell
Madeline Merlo
Jess Moskaluke
Meghan Patrick
Shania Twain

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Gord Bamford
Chad Brownlee
Brett Kissel
Dallas Smith
Bobby Wills

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR

High Valley
Hunter Brothers
James Barker Band
The Reklaws
The Washboard Union

ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

The Lovelocks
Jessica Mitchell
Lindi Ortega
The Washboard Union
Donovan Woods

RISING STAR

Dan Davidson
Aaron Goodvin
Hunter Brothers
Leaving Thomas
The Reklaws

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

Chills – James Barker Band
Country Music Made Me Do It – Meghan Patrick
Drive Me Away – Jess Moskaluke
Lonely Drum – Aaron Goodvin
Side Effects – Dallas Smith

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

The Bad Guy – Meghan Patrick
Drive Me Away – Jess Moskaluke
Hometown Kids – The Reklaws
Sky Stays This Blue – Dallas Smith
We Were That Song – Brett Kissel

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR

Dean Brody, Matt Rovey
Song: 8th Day (Performed By: Dean Brody)
Dan Isbell, Meghan Patrick, Jeremy Stover
Song: Country Music Made Me Do It (Performed By: Meghan Patrick)
Zach Abend, Corey Crowder, Jess Moskaluke
Song: Drive Me Away (Performed By: Jess Moskaluke)
James Barker, Gavin Slate, Travis Wood
Song: It’s Working (Performed By: James Barker Band)
Alexander Black, Aaron Goodvin, Cathy Gravitt
Song: Lonely Drum (Performed By: Aaron Goodvin)

INTERACTIVE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

Tenille Arts
Hunter Brothers
Brett Kissel
Leaving Thomas
Nice Horse

Polaris Music Prize Unveils 40 Long Listed Albums

The folks over at the Polaris Music Prize have unveiled their 2017-18 Long List of “nominees” which consists of 40 albums in contention. A jury of 203 whittled down 225 discs to reach the batch of 40. The next stage will be paring down this list to the so-called Short List of 10 on July 17. The winner, announced September 17, will receive a cash prize of $50,000 at a gala in Toronto’s The Carlu. The nine runners-up will receive $3,000 each.

No pop, jazz, dance, or country albums made this year’s Long List which includes albums from artists who are not Canadian citizens and a couple of EPs. The broad alternative genre accounts for 15 of the 40. The split between 2017 and 2018 releases is 22 and 18 respectively. Ontarians make up half of the batch with Quebeckers at 11. Half of the nominees have received JUNO nods with six winning a trophy and 14 nominated but not yet winning one. There are 13 male soloists, 11 female, 11 groups, and 5 duos.

Understanding what tickles the fancy of the Polaris collective, we would say that Jeremy Dutcher’s remarkable Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa is the heavy favourite on the conduit to the prize.

Below is the Long List.

Nightshade, allie
Antisocialites, Alvvays
Everything Now, Arcade Fire
Earthtone, Bahamas
Queens of the Breakers, The Barr Brothers
Puff: In the Air…, Bernice
Lush Life, Bonjay
Weekend Rocker, Booji Boys
Cadence Weapon, Cadence Weapon
Stone Woman, Charlotte Day Wilson
Lil Mont from The Ave, Clairmont the Second
Freudian, Daniel Caesar
Both Ways, Donovan Woods
Try, Faith Healer
Basic Behaviour, Frigs
Introduce Yerself, Gord Downie
Darlène, Hubert Lenoir
The Fight Within, Iskwé
Dans ma main, Jean-Michel Blais
Angels of Death, Jennifer Castle
Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, Jeremy Dutcher
The Siren’s Song, Kacy & Clayton
Une année record , Loud
Premier Juin, Lydia Kepinski
Radyo Siwèl, Mélissa Laveaux
Deception Bay, Milk & Bone
In Search of Lost Time, Partner
Le silence des troupeaux, Philippe Brach
Makanda…, Pierre Kwenders
La Science du coeur, Pierre Lapointe
Victory Lap, Propagandhi
12, Sloan
The Average Savage , Snotty Nose Rez Kids
New Mistakes, Terra Lightfoot
In A Poem Unlimited, U. S. Girls
Part-Time Woman, Vivek Shraya & QSO
The Weather Station, The Weather Station
Wide Open, Weaves
Dirt, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan
The Secret Life of Planets, Zaki Ibrahim

Canada Represented at ACM Awards

Canadian country is beginning to infiltrate the United States, and one of the more recent signs could be seen at the 2018 Academy of Country Music Awards which went down tonight. Albertan duo High Valley was nominated for an award – New Vocal Duo or Group of The Year. Although HV lost out to Midland, the duo’s song “She’s with Me” is big news in the Republic, reaching #7 at US Country Airplay. The song is from album County Line released way back in 2014. Amazingly, then, it took four years for the song to make it big in the States. The MV has over 4 million views.

Calgary’s Lindsay Ell was not nominated; however, she was present at the gala with her #1 Canadian Country hit “Criminal” at #20 Stateside. Lindsay revealed major news – that she will be featured in a track on Keith Urban’s upcoming album. She will be playing Canadian arenas with the Kiwi slayer in the fall.