Kaytranada wins 2016 Polaris Music Prize

This week the 2016 Polaris Music Prize was presented to Kaytranada for his debut album, 99.9%.  Last year’s winner, Buffy Sainte-Marie made the announcement at the Polaris Music Prize Gala at the Carlu in Toronto.

Kaytranada accepts the 2016 Polaris Music Prize

“For me, it’s crazy to get this award,” said Kaytranada. “It’s really, truly, a big honour. It’s amazing. Ceci est pour Montréal, tous mes Montréalais. Shout outs to all of y’all.  I want to thank the judges and everybody for voting for me. It’s an honour man, I don’t know what to say.”

From the short list of 10 albums, the Polaris Jury of 11 members of Canada’s music media selected 99.9% to receive the $50,000 prize. The other 9 finalists; Black Mountain, Basia Bulat, GRIMES, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jessy Lanza, PUP, Andy Shauf, U.S. Girls and White Lung were each awarded $3,000.00, courtesy of Slaight Music.

The Gala, hosted by Amanda Parris, host of CBC Radio 2’s Marvin’s Room and CBC’s Exhibitionists, along with Polaris juristTom Power, new host of CBC Radio One’s q, included performances by Black Mountain, Basia Bulat, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jessy Lanza, Andy Shauf, U.S. Girls and White Lung.  Visit cbcmusic.ca/polarisprize to watch the performances and highlights as well as testimonials from the likes of Finn Wolfhard of Netflix’s Stranger Things, Iggy Pop, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange, actor Amber Tamblyn, and Stanley Cup champion Boyd Devereaux

Kaytranada joins the previous decade of winners of The Polaris Music Prize – Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007), and Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).

For more information on the Polaris Music Prize visit polarismusicprize.ca


Tasting Plates Port Moody – recap

Last night, a hungry hoard descended upon Gabi & Jules bakery in Port Moody to kick off  Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates Port Moody.  The Butcher, the Baker and the Ice Cream Maker were all on the cards for the evening.

TPPortMoody_2016-09-21-18-46-23Tasting Platers picked up their Tasting Plates cards and menus then set out on a flavourful exploration of the suburb starting with the surprisingly quaint Gabi & Jules’ bakery, located in an industrial looking building the pretty interior was matched by their homestyle pies and pasties.  For my tasting pie plate, I choose Raspberry Rhubarb pie with a “Jules” Peach Tea Latte.  The pie really had a nice balance between the sweet and tart fruit in a nicely baked crumbly crust.

TPPortMoody_2016-09-21-19-15-28A trip to Port Moody needs to include a trip to Brewer’s Row.  First up was the three month old Parkside Brewery for a flight of 4 of their craft brews – Dawn Pilsner, Dusk Pale Ale, Murray Mild and Beauregarde Blueberry Wit, all made nice sips while sitting in the garden patio.

TPPortMoody_2016-09-21-19-18-59Down the row, Moody Ales also offered a foursome flight of their Vienna Lager, Hardy Brown Ale, Affable IPA and BC Fresh-Hopped Red Ale. Bumping into a local friend and his Jenga playing family, enforcing the family-friendly reputation of the local breweries.

TPPortMoody_2016-09-21-20-39-18What goes better with beer than pizza? Spacca Napoli Pizzeria fired up their stone oven to serve a Tasting Plate of their rustic Italian fare. The Port Moody hot spot was bustling even without the Tasting Platers and we could see why from the quartet they serviced. Pizza from the wood-fired brick oven, dense meatballs, rigatoni bolognese and Frittelle (similar to a fried doughnut).

TPPortMoody_2016-09-21-20-19-28Next door, Meat Craft Urban Butchery had the barbecue going to cook up a choice of their smokies. Served atop a fresh, light Apple slaw and a zesty potato salad, it was a great ‘tailgate’  plate for the last evening of summer. I must admit the baskets of pepperoni and salami on the counter got the best of me, I had to take a selection home with me.

TPPortMoody_2016-09-21-20-03-29The renowned Rocky Point Ice Cream showed why they’re gaining a reputation for great ice cream treats.  A trio of mini desserts; strawberry ice cream with basil and balsamic reduction in a chocolate cup, a Sweet Georgia Brown sundae and a ginger-molasses and pumpkin spice ice cream sandwhich made a welcome way to wrap up Tasting Plates Port Moody.

TPPortMoody_2016-09-21-20-49-46If these sounded tasty to you, consider taking part in Vancouver Foodster’s next taste adventure; Taco Crawl on September 28th and Tasting Plates Yaletown on Oct 19th.




Picks of the Week – September 21, 2016

Like a blink of an eye, Summer is over and the Fall is upon us, let’s see what the Picks of the Week have to offer;

tastingplate_PortMoody_Food: Tonight, Tasting Plates takes a journey to Port Moody to explore the flavours of that community.

Trap: Aussie rockers The Temper Trap hit the stage at the Commodore Ballroom Wednesday night.

Bard: This is the last few days of the 2016 season of  Bard On The Beach before it closes on September 24th.

Folk: Friday night, British folk singer Laura Marling plays The Imperial

Symphony: The classic video game comes to life at The Legend of Zelda Symphony of the Goddess with a live symphony playing the games soundtrack at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Friday

Kicks: As the end of the MLS Season draws near, Whitecaps FC return to BC Place to host Colorado Rapids

Echo: New Wave icons, Echo & the Bunnymen bring their sound to Commodore Ballroom

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company’s season gets underway with a farcical whodunit, Baskerville, at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until October 9th.

Walk: Sunday afternoon the AIDS Walk to Thrive brings activity, awareness and community spirit along the 5.5km walk from Roundhouse Community Centre to Malkin Bowl

Lunch: Sunday the 9th Annual Celebrity Dim Sum supporting AIDS Vancouver takes place at Four Seasons Vancouver




Interior Design Show Vancouver opens this week

Since 2004, Interior Design Show Vancouver (formerly IDS West) has grown to become Western North America’s premier residential interior design showcase.

Last year, over 35,000 visited the public showcase at Vancouver Convention Centre to view 275 exhibitors from the design world. This year’s show is open to the public this Thursday evening for the Party on Opening Night and on Saturday and Sunday.  Friday is a Trade Only day.

Interior Design Show Vancouver highlights the cutting edge of design, technology and decor.  Speakers, workshops, panels, demonstrations and hands-on participation ensures the Show is educational as it is inspirational.  Some of the featured events & speakers include: Dutch Exchange: Eindhoven – a showcase of designers from The Netherlands, Pitch Tank – a Dragon’s Den style event, designers Emily Henderson, Barbara Barry, architect Chris McVoy, contractor Rasmin Khachi and many more design professionals throughout the weekend.

The Interior Design Show Vancouver Party On Opening Night takes place Thursday September 22nd, open to trade and public, tickets are on sale now, $35 online.  The Public is also welcome Saturday and Sunday September 24 – 25, weekend passes $18 online.

Baskerville – A Sherlock Holmes Mystery at The Arts Club

The Arts Club Theatre Company’s 53rd season opened last week with the farce Baskerville – A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.

Based on the Arthur Conan Doyle classic The Hound Of The Baskervilles, Baskerville maintains the core of the mystery but delivers it as a fast-paced farcical comedy.  As with most Holmes Mysteries, the story is narrated by the character of Dr Watson. played by Mark Weatherley, with Holmes played by Alex Zahara. Along with Holmes and Watson the play has 40 other characters, played by just 3 actors; Lauren Bowler, Kirk Smith and Mike Wasko. Whether planned or not, the play earned laughs when it let the audience see the imperfections in the rush to change from character to character. Reminiscent of The Carol Burnett Show’s “Went With The Wind”, the play didn’t quite deliver on the brilliance of that famed cast, that’s a hard legacy to follow, but Baskerville did elicit plenty of laughs from the audience throughout the performance.

Baskerville – A Sherlock Holmes Mystery runs until October 9th at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, then goes on tour through the autumn.

Timber Gastropub Patio

Timber_img_8256While there is just officially one week left of summer, we know that Vancouver can have some amazing weather days all through the year.  Therefore, there’s never a bad time for a patio, Vancouverites love to take their dining outside as soon as the sun comes out at any temperature.

Timber_img_8261Timber Gastropub in the West End recently debuted their brand new patio.  The east facing patio, catches a good portion of the midday sun, perfect for sipping a sunny caesar and people watching.  Located on the wide sidewalk along Jervis Street at Robson, the patio is away from the bustle of traffic and doesn’t feel the crush of pedestrians but you can still watch the comings and goings of Robson.

Timber_img_8258Since it opened last year, Chef Chris Whittaker’s Timber has become known for it’s new take on Canadian comfort food and events; Long Table Canadian Suppers, Canadian Supper & Cask, Happy Hour and great cocktail specials.  Pull up a patio seat, take in the midday sun, and enjoy burger, a beer and the atmosphere.

Timber Gastropub is located at 1300 Robson at Jervis
Open Weekdays Noon – Late / Weekends 11am – Late
Reservations are not accepted

2016 Polaris Music Prize Shortlist Revealed.

Polaris_400x400Last week, the 2016 Polaris Music Prize shortlist was announced. The top 10 artists vying for the title of the best Canadian album of the year are Andy Shauf, Basia Bulat, Black Mountain, Carly Rae Jepsen, Grimes, Jessy Lanza, Kaytranada, Pup, U.S. Girls and White Lung.

This year marks the highest number of female/female-fronted acts ever to have made the short list, with seven. For the only the second time in Polaris history the short list does not include any R&B or rap artists however, Kaytranada’s 99.9%  features both rap and R&B artists. While this year’s long list boasted some of the country’s biggest names in the genre, including Drake, and the Weeknd, among others, none of them made it to the top 10.

There are six artists on the 2016 short list that are newcomers; Andy Shauf, Carly Rae Jepsen, Kaytranada, Pup, U.S. Girls, White Lung.  The remaining four are returning short list nominees;  Basia Bulat, Black Mountain, Grimes and Jessy Lanza.

The Polaris Music Prize gala takes place September 19th in Toronto to be hosted by CBC Radio 2 Morning’s Tom Power, and Amanda Parris, of CBC Radio 2’s Marvin’s Room and Exhibitionists on CBC TV. The event will be live streamed on CBCMusic.ca/polarisprize.

The list was adjudicated by 194 journalists, broadcasters and music bloggers across Canada. A smaller group of 11 grand jurors will now be selected to convene on the night of the Polaris gala to vote for the winner. The Polaris Music Prize winner takes home a $50,000 grand prize and the other nine nominees will each receive $3,000.

Visit the polarisprize.ca for more information on the short listed artists and the Music Prize Gala.  While you’re there check out the great new posters created for each of the nominees, like those above by Ally Jaye Reeves for Carly Ray Jepsen and Jonathan Dyck for Andy Shauf.  

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