2019 Polaris Music Prize Short List Revealed.

The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music, recently revealed the 10 albums Short List-nominated albums live on air on CBC Music’s Drive with special host Raina Douris. One nominated album was revealed every half-hour, with each album receiving expert analysis from CBC guests and Polaris jurors.

“This year’s Short List offers a mix of returning Polaris nominees and new voices in a terrific range of genres. As always, thanks to the jury for the care they take to come up with a Short List that represents what’s currently exciting in Canadian music. No matter what your taste, I think you’ll find something to love here,” said Polaris jury foreperson Katherine Duncan.”

The 2019 Polaris Music Prize Short List is:

  • Marie Davidson – Working Class Woman
  • Elisapie – The Ballad of the Runaway Girl
  • FET.NAT – Le Mal
  • Dominique Fils-Aimé – Stay Tuned!
  • Les Louanges – La nuit est une panthère
  • Haviah Mighty – 13th Floor
  • PUP – Morbid Stuff
  • Jessie Reyez – Being Human In Public
  • Shad – A Short Story About A War
  • Snotty Nose Rez Kids – Trapline

The 2019 winner will be determined at the Polaris Music Prize Gala. The event, which will be held at The Carlu in Toronto on September 16, will be hosted by Douris and live-streamed globally at cbcmusic.ca/polaris.

The Polaris Music Prize awards $50,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year, judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre or record sales. Additionally, the nine other nominated acts whose albums made the 2019 Short List will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music.

Albums eligible for 2019 Polaris Music Prize consideration must be released between May 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019. An independent jury of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada determine the Long List and Short List. Eleven people from the larger jury pool are then chosen to serve on the Grand Jury. This Grand Jury convene on the night of the Gala to select the Polaris Music Prize winner.

The 2019 winner of the Polaris Music Prize will join past winners: Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), 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).

The Lady In Red Ball Returns to Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

While the ghostly Lady In Red haunts the upper levels of the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, patrons will be celebrating the second Lady in Red Ball in the Pacific Ballroom. Kicking off Pride Week, July 25th, the Lady In Red Ball benefits Dr Peter AIDS Foundation. 

Lady In Red Ball Host & Fairmont Pride Ambassador Kendal Gender

Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar winner and Fairmont Pride Ambassador, Kendall Gender, hosts the evening’s events, including a show-stopping drag performance with Vancouver’s premiere girl-gang, The Brat Pack.

The evening will also feature a live musical performance by singer/songwriter Stephen Scaccia, DJ-ing by Man About Town Entertainment, will keep the dance floor filled, watch for pop-up performances by stilt-walkers and acrobats, as guests peruse and bid on silent auction prizes, sip cocktails and nibble canapes.

Partial proceeds from The Lady In Red Ball support the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation. The Dr. Peter Aids Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises funds to support innovative health care at the Dr. Peter Centre, British Columbia’s only HIV day health program and 24-hour nursing residence. The only program of its kind in Canada, the Dr. Peter Centre is a leader in HIV care, particularly for individuals with multiple medical conditions and social barriers.

After a successful debut year, The Lady In Red Ball looks forward to building on that momentum to fill the Pacific Ballroom and be able to grow its support of the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation. 

The Lady In Red Ball takes place, Thursday, July 25 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Pacific Ballroom from 7pm – 10pm.  Tickets are on sale now $89 per person, + GST (must be 19+ years to attend). To purchase tickets online, visit notch8-dining.com/store/event/lady-in-red-pride-ball/

Kick off Pride Season with The Lady In Red Ball

The Vancouver Pride season is almost upon us, to kick-off the festivities the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is hosting the first Lady In Red Ball, on July 27th.

Benefitting the Dr Peter AIDS Foundation, the inaugural Lady In Red Ball will be hosted Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar 2017 winner, Kendall Gender.  The host will also delight attendees with a special performance with Vancouver’s drag troupe, The Brat Pack.  Taking place at The Roof (15th Floor) of the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, guests will relive the heydays of the dinner & dances of the famed hot spot, the Panorama Roof.   Instead of the Dal Richards Orchestra performances of old, additional entertainment will come as Ballet BC leaps to the floor showcasing a specially choreographed work celebrating Pride.   Vancouver country music artist Patrick Masse will perform live, and a DJ will keep the party going into the evening.  Perhaps the Hotel Vancouver’s infamous ghost of the lady in red will also make an appearance to dance the night way?

Guests will find light reception fare at food stations around The Roof, tickets also include three beverages from the bar, additional drinks are available for purchase.  Partial proceeds from The Lady In Red Ball support The Dr Peter AIDS Foundation.  The Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation raises funds to support innovative health care at the Dr. Peter Centre in Metro Vancouver. The Centre is British Columbia’s only HIV/AIDS Day Health Program and 24-hour specialized nursing care Residence.

The Lady In Red Ball takes place from 7pm – 10pm on July 27, 2018. Guests must be 19+years of age to attend. Tickets are just $99 per person and available for purchase online at Eventbrite (fees extra)

Picks of the Week – October 18, 2017

The late October is upon us, the picks of the week are filling with more and more hauntingly good fun.

Tastes: Tonight, explore the new flavours of Chinatown as Tasting Plates explores the historic neighbourhood.

Pop: Hard to believe but the trio of brothers, Hanson, are celebrating their 25th Anniversary with the Middle Of Nowhere Tour stopping at The Vogue Theatre on Wednesday

Books: The 30th Annual Vancouver International Writer’s Festival is now underway on Granville Island until October 22nd.

Beer: Raise your stein and cheer as #dasoriginal Oktoberfest continues for a final weekend at Vancouver Alpen Club.

Lookout: Elevate your experience with Vancouver Heritage Foundation takes at The Lookout at Harbour Centre’s Perspectives series of Talks, October 19th is Historic Crime: Early Forensic Investigations

Jedi: Laugh yourself to another world at Vancouver Theatresports League with Improv Wars: The Laugh Jedi, sharing the Improv Centre stage until November 18.

Diwali: Part of Diwali in BC, The Cultch presents Encounter by Navarasa Dance Theatre until October 22nd and The Firehall Arts Centre presents Happy Place until October 29th.

Rail: There’s an Alien Invasion going on in Stanley Park at the 2017 Ghost Train, running until October 31st

Broom: Hops on your broom and pick up your diploma from Broomelda’s academy at Fly Over Canada until Halloween

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photo: Emily Cooper

Music: Friday night, the Gateway Theatre 2017-18 season opens with A Little Night Music, running until October 21st.

Benefit: The final David Foster Miracle Gala and Concert brings a star studded roster to the stage at Rogers Arena on Saturday

Pigskin: The BC Lions take the field at BC Place to host Edmonton Eskimos on Saturday evening

Scene: Saturday night, Broken Social Scene play the Commodore Ballroom

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company sets the table for Thanks For Giving running at the Granville Island Stage until November 4th and King Charles III starts in previews this week at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

Fright: The 2017 Fright Night at Playland spooks the patrons with houses of horror and thrilling rides until Halloween

 

Picks of the New Year : What’s On NYE 2017

As 2016 ticks to a close, lets find some ways to send it on its way and welcome the new year with a hearty cheer!

There’s plenty of club parties and dinner specials seatings around the city to help say so long to 2016.

Here’s 5 events to inspire your NYE 2017 celebrations

Concord’s NYE Vancouver : Vancouver’s Official New Year’s Eve celebration began last year with a bang, becoming Canada’s largest New Year’s Eve event. This year kicks up the activities, in addition to the free events; 9pm and midnight Fireworks, live music and entertainment, the event expands along Canada Place Way to Jack Poole Plaza and Vancouver Convention Centre West, with a second stage. Inside the Centre, True North – Vancouver Official NYE Party welcomes The Sheepdogs, Yukon Blonde, Dehli 2 Dublin and more.

NYE 2017 @ Telus World of Science
Twisted Productions, Hollywood Promotions, and John Donnelly & Associates present a stellar 19+ event welcoming 1200 people to Science World with 2 rooms of music on 2 floors, 6 top DJs, 5 licensed bars, and spectacular lights and sound.

Patrick Maliha’s 4th Annual Naughty Little New Year’s Eve at the Rio Theatre
A variety show like no other as comedian MC Patrick Maliha welcomes headliner Christina Walkinshow stand-up comic, live Acro-Yoga Performers, Burlesque from Burgundy Brixx, Glow Dancing with Barbara Beal, Magician James Hanson and the Gentlemen Hecklers; Eric Fell, Shaun Stewart and Maliha.

NYE 2017 Waterfront Gala Ball
Grey Goose and Fairmont Waterfront host an extravagant gala where you can dress to the nines for the red carpet welcome then sip exclusive Grey Goose cocktails and dance the night away in two ballrooms with top DJs.  For a truly luxurious New Year’s Eve, book in for night with a New Year’s Eve on Fairmont Gold package; including a room on the Fairmont Gold Floor, viewing of Concord’s NYE fireworks from the Gold Terrace, festive refreshments at midnight and live music in case you want a break from the Gala down in the ballrooms.

Waldorf Hotel NYE 2017 
Space + Time presents an All-Access Hotel Party. Five-Rooms each with their own themes from different DJs and producers. From surprise headliners in The Trap Basement,  funk and fun in the Tiki Bar, Khalifa Lounge with hooka den and more. There’s no chance for boredom as you roam from room to room to ring in 2017

The BCRFA Hall Of Fame Introduces BC Restaurant Awards

BCRFA_HoFGalaThe BC Restaurant & Food Services Association (BCRFA) is introducing the provinces newest BC restaurant awards.

In 2004 the BCRFA debuted their Hall of Fame, the only restaurant Hall of Fame in Canada.  On February 4, 2017, the BCRFA brings a new dimension to the annual Hall of Fame Gala with the introduction of the Restaurant Awards.

While 100+ individuals have been inducted to the Hall of Fame in the last 12 years, the BCRFA recognizes the industry has changed and evolved. In these days of social media and consumer-generated content, branding is in the forefront, so the BCRFA is expanding their recognition to include restaurants themselves.  Saluting British Columbia’s restaurants for excellence and contribution to their community and the province’s dynamic restaurant and food culture. To help with this expanded mandate, the BCRFA is reaching out to the public for their input to nominate individuals and restaurants from every corner of BC.

Individuals will be inducted into the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame in three categories:

Active Restaurateur Award
Celebrates the exceptional restaurateur who is currently active in the BC restaurant industry

Supplier Award
An individual who, through their work as a supplier partner, has consistently supported BC’s restaurant industry.

Friend of the Industry Award
This special recognition award is presented from time to time to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the hospitality industry in British Columbia, but who may not otherwise qualify for induction into the Hall of Fame such as media, educator or politician.

The new BC Restaurant Awards will be presented in the following categories:

Social Responsibility Awards
Recognizing restaurants in two separate categories – independent and multi-unit. Acknowledged for their commitment to activities that balance profit with the benefit to society. Restaurants will be judged based on environmental, people (employees, suppliers, guests and general public) and charitable support (financial and in kind).

Most Creative
Recognizes the restaurant that is renowned for thinking and behaving “outside the box”. This will be reflected in food, restaurant design, promotions, human resources, charitable involvement, etc.

Best New Restaurant
Any restaurant that has opened in the 12 months ending August 31, 2016 are eligible.

Best Restaurant
Any established restaurant open more than 1 year, two categories, multi-unit & independent.

Nomination forms can be found on bcrfahalloffame.com, deadlines are open until November 15, 2016

The BCRFA Hall of Fame and Awards Gala supporting Breakfast Club of Canada, takes place February 4, 2017 at Vancouver Convention Centre. Tickets are on sale now for $300 per person.

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.

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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