Monday night at Bell Media’s Masonic Temple, Concert Hall Studios in Toronto a gala concert was held to celebrate the 2012 Polaris Music Prize Short List and announce the winner of the prestigious prize. Short list nominees, Cadence Weapon, Cold Specks, Kathleen Edwards, Fucked Up, Grimes and Yamantaka // Sonic Titan performed for the live and streaming audience. The Polaris Prize is presented annually to the best Canadian album of the year based on “artistic merit without regard to genre, sales history or label affiliation”. This year’s Grand Jury of 11 music media professionals; Gregory Adams (Georgia Straight), Michael Barclay (Maclean’s, Radio Free Canuckistan), Chris Bilton (The Grid), Ryan Bresee (CKCU 93.1fm), Lisa Christiansen (CBC Radio 1), Shawn Conner (The Snipe News), Melissa Hetu (TFO), Kevin Laforest (Freelance, ex-Hour), Ryan B. Patrick (Freelance), Tabassum Siddiqui (Freelance) and Nicole Villeneuve (AUX TV) came from the original Polaris jury of 200 Canadian writers, editors, broadcasters and DJs. The 11 jurists were tasked with selecting the winner from the 10 short list nominees and Feist’s Metals came out on top. Members of 2011 Polaris Prize winners Arcade Fire made the announcement and presented Feist with her $30,000 award. All other nominees received $2000 for making the Polaris Short List. Highlights from Monday night’s gala, hosted by CBC Radio 3’s Grant Lawrence and MuchMusic’s Lauren Toyota will be telecast September 29th on MuchMusic.
Saturday Sept 15 – BC Lions take on Toronto Argonauts at BC Place – listen to some amazing music and support at great cause with Sarah McLachlan’s Voices In The Park concert – F*cked Up play an early show at Fortune Sound Club – the Queen of Bounce, Big Freedia is bringing the funk to The Richshaw Theatre – Hot Chip play the first of two nights at The Commodore Ballroom – Junction Pub welcomes Carlotta Gurl for her Absolut’ly Drag-u-lous Saturday night show – Oasis is peachy keen with Peaches and DJs Kasha Kennedy & Kasey Riot
Thursday Sep 6th – on day 2 of a two week run Dancap Productions brings Broadway’s Jersey Boys to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre until Sep 23rd – Vancouver’s Fashionistas and fashion fans can join cities across the world and participate in a night of events, sales and shopping on Fashion’s Night Out – The Hives cross the globe from Sweden to the Commodore Ballroom – Swans take the stage at Venue with Xiu Xiu – Across town the Waldorf has Kishi Bashi with guests The Last Baron – Thursday nights at Oasis On Davie means 90?s tunes and sexy shadow dancers for Escapade – first Thursday of the month means Latin Night at Junction Pub
Friday Sep 7th – get your laughs on as Jerry Seinfeld stands-up at the Orpheum Theatre for three shows, tonight and tomorrow. – Girl Talk is at the Commodore Ballroom – icon Joe Walsh is on at the Red Robinson Theatre at Boulevard Casino – Celebrities’ Stereotypes Friday has DJ and remixer extraordinaire Morgan Page – Oasis Ultra Lounge has Symone’s Dressing on The Side followed by DJ Adam Dreaddy’s #Ff – Socielle Friday at Ginger 62 this week has Those Twins plus Seta – Sneaky Sound System are live at Five-Sixty
Saturday Sep 8th – BC Lions play return host to Montreal Alouettes on the return leg last weeks loss in Montreal. – the long running male revue Chippendales is at River Rock Casino’s Show Theatre – Chelsea Wolfe + Crypts are at Biltmore Cabaret – B You Saturday at Celebrities presents Max Vangelli – Junction Pub welcomes Carlotta Gurl for her Absolut’ly Drag-u-lous Saturday night show – Oasis is peachy keen with Peaches and DJs Kasha Kennedy & Kasey Riot – Hustla celebrates the night’s first anniversary at Cobalt
Thursday Aug 23 – Vancouver Canadians are home at Nat Bailey for a weekend of baseball against Boise Hawks – rock out at Venue with Winger (yes, that Winger) and guests Kick Axe – L.E.D Bar #FFWDWKND has No_ID performing but don’t forget your ID. – PNE Summer Night Concerts welcome Our Lady Peace to the stage – Thursday nights at Oasis On Davie means 90’s tunes and sexy shadow dancers for Escapade – it’s Dirty Thursday at Junction Pub
Friday Aug 24 – pack your gear and head up the Sea To Sky and get ready for Live At Squamish music festival getting underway for three great days of music in a beautiful setting. – Rock icons Metallica will look to raise the roof at Rogers Arena for the first of two nights – 80’s pop star Rick Springfield looks for Jessie’s Girl at the PNE – Socielle Local Love at Ginger 62 has Zak Santiago and Meesh – Celebrities’ Stereotypes Friday has Adventure Club – Oasis Ultra Lounge has Symone’s Dressing on The Side followed by DJ Adam Dreaddy’s Fag Friday
Thursday Aug 16 – Vancouver Canadians take on Everett Aquasox on the first of a three game homestand at Nat Bailey – Italian singer-songwriter/rapper Jovanotti is on the Commodore Ballroom stage – Polica plus guests take on the Biltmore Cabaret – DJ/Producer Gareth Emery is spinning at Caprice – – Chocolate Milk! Vancouver’s classic house and dance night is Thursday nights at Shine – Thursday nights at Oasis On Davie means 90?s tunes and sexy shadow dancers for Escapade – it’s Dirty Thursday at Junction Pub
Friday Aug 17th – it’s sold out but if you can get a ticket, The Beat Beach Ball looks to be a great time as K’naan, Shawn Desman, Raghav, Dirty Radio and Stef Lang hit the Commodore Ballroom. – pop duo Teengirl Fantasy hit the Waldorf Hotel with Gatekeeper and Thunderhorse – Portland’s mini orchestra Pink Martini are onstage at Orpheum Theatre as part of MusicFest – Wymond Miles is at Biltmore Cabaret – Socielle Local Love at Ginger 62 has DJ’s Harvard Law and Christian Alvarez – Celebrities’ Stereotypes Friday has Lucky Date + Dank
Thursday Aug 9th – Dead Can Dance are at the Orpheum Theatre – The ‘ska-mazing’ English Beat are at Rickshaw Theatre with Los Furios – The Rocking River Music Fest starts 3 days of music for country fans featuring headliners like; Aaron Pritchett, Dwight Yoakam, Randy Bachman, Blue Rodeo and George Canyon – the final weekend of Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver brings arts, crafts and music to the North Shore – pop over to Biltmore Cabaret for Ping Pong Club Night – Chocolate Milk! Vancouver’s classic house and dance night is Thursday nights at Shine – Thursday nights at Oasis On Davie means 90?s tunes and sexy shadow dancers for Escapade – it’s Dirty Thursday at Junction Pub
Thurs July 26th – Vancouver Canadians wrap up a long home stand against Eugene Emeralds – Price is Right Live with Jerry Springer moves on to Coquitlam’s Red Robinson Show Theatre at Boulevard Casino – Fighting Chances Productions’ RENT is raising money for Friends For Life with tonight’s performance at Waterfront Theatre – Neon Trees are on stage at the Commodore Ballroom – Steam Whistle Brewing, Georgia Straight & Solidarity Rocks presents the Unsigned Indie Music Series at Biltmore Cabaret – Chocolate Milk! Vancouver’s classic house and dance night is Thursday nights at Shine – Thursday nights at Oasis On Davie means 90?s tunes and sexy shadow dancers for Escapade – it’s Dirty Thursday at Junction Pub
Fri July 27th – at Ginger 62 it’s Friday Socielle – the fabulouse Symone glams up Oasis on Davie for some drag, dinner and Dressing On The Side followed this week by the return of DJ Adam Dreaddy’s Fag.Friday in it’s new home. – this weeks Stereotypes at Celebrities has Lazy Rich & Hershee.