CONTEST: The Shipment Opens The Firehall Arts Centre Season.

The Firehall Arts Centre launches its 37th anniversary season with SpeakEasy Theatre’s powerful and provocative comedy, The Shipment, opening Wednesday, September 25th. 

The Shipment is written by award-winning Korean-American playwright Young Jean Lee.  The play is a subversive modern minstrel show about Black identity meant to wake the world to the ridiculous narratives in dominant media. Five Black actors – Andrew Creightney, Chris Francisque, Omari Newton, Adrian Neblett, and Kiomi Pyke – play a roster of characters that reads like a bad b-list of Black iconography: Video Ho, Crackhead John, Bad Cop, Standup Comedian, Drug Dealer Mama, Grandma from Heaven, and Record Company Executive, to name just a few. The brazen mash-up of these stereotypes with clichés, distortions, and brilliant sleights of hand all force us to go beyond the lampoon and shift the lens through which we perceive race in order to confront our own bias.

Speakeasy Theatre Company – The Shipment
photo: Jens Kristian Balle

“Young Jean Lee is one of America’s most fearless and exciting playwrights,” says Firehall Arts Centre’s Artistic Producer, Donna Spencer. “In her writing, she is not afraid to tackle difficult subject matter and does so with humour and intelligence. When SpeakEasy Theatre first produced The Shipment, I was privileged to sit in a sold-out performance and watch the audience shift in their seats, uncomfortably, and then laugh out loud a few moments later. The work engaged them and made them consider. I am proud to share this playwright’s work and this talented company of artists with Firehall audiences.”

The original production received five Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards nominations and a Best Actor win for Omari Newton, The Shipment is biting satire at its very best, and is set to shake up your perceptions of the subject matter.  The Shipment runs September 25 to October 5, 2019 at The Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova Street. Tickets are available online at firehallartscentre.ca

CONTEST

The kind folks at Firehall Arts Centre want you to witness this cutting-edge comedy for yourself, so they are giving a lucky reader a pair of tickets to to join us on Opening Night of The Shipment on September 25th at 7:30pm 

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Contest entries will be accepted until Noon on Monday, September 16, 2019. 
One winner will be chosen at random. 

Speakeasy Theatre Company – The Shipment photo: Ryan McDonald

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 2018 Polaris Music Prize Short List Is Revealed

This week, the Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music, has unveiled the 10 albums on the 2018 Short List.

 

Selected from the previously announced 40 album Long List, the 2018 Polaris Music Prize Short List is:

  • Alvvays – Antisocialites
  • Jean-Michel Blais – Dans ma main
  • Daniel Caesar – Freudian
  • Jeremy Dutcher – Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa
  • Pierre Kwenders – MAKANDA at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time
  • Hubert Lenoir – Darlène
  • Partner – In Search Of Lost Time
  • Snotty Nose Rez Kids – The Average Savage
  • U.S. Girls – In A Poem Unlimited
  • Weaves – Wide Open

Polaris Music Prize Short List Albums

“Many jurors expressed their difficulty narrowing down their ballots. The diligence that went into their listening and consideration produced an incredible Short List,” said Polaris jury foreperson Katherine Duncan. “These 10 titles traverse language and culture and highlight the beauty and richness of Canada’s musical life in 2018.”

The announcement took place at CBC Broadcasting Centre in Toronto, ON and was announced by CBC Music Morning host and Polaris juror Raina Douris. Douris will also host the Polaris Music Prize Gala, which will be held at The Carlu in Toronto in September.

The Polaris Music Prize awards $50,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year, (released between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018), judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre or record sales. Additionally, the nine other nominated acts whose albums make the 2018 Short List will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music. The Grand Jury, consisting of eleven music journalist, bloggers & broadcasters, convenes on the night of the Gala to select the Polaris Music Prize winner, watch the show and winner announcement live-streamed at cbcmusic.ca/polaris on September 17, 2018.

Polaris Prize Reveals the 2017 Winner – Lido Pimienta

Monday night at The Carlu in Toronto the Polaris Music Prize was awarded to Lido Pimienta (left) for the album La Papessa.

The annual prize awards $50,000 to the Canadian Album of the Year, based solely on merit, regardless of genre, or sales numbers.  A Grand Jury of independent music journalists, broadcasters, and bloggers determine a long list of albums,  released between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017 before narrowing it down to the short list of 10 albums.

To determine the Album of the Year, the Grand Jury is also reduced to a short list of 11 jurists who then award the Polaris Prize.
In addition to the $50,000 awarded to the winner, the remaining 9 finalists each receive $3000 from Slaight Music.

The 2017 runners-up include;
A Tribe Called Red – We Are The Halluci Nation
BADBADNOTGOOD – IV
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
Gord Downie – Secret Path
Feist – Pleasure
Lisa LeBlanc – Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?
Tanya Tagaq – Retribution
Leif Vollebekk – Twin Solitude
Weaves – Weaves

The Polaris Gala was hosted by CBC Radio 2 morning host and Polaris juror Raina Douris and featured performances from 6 of the Top 10 finalists; including include Lido Pimienta, Weaves, Leif Vollebekk, Tanya Tagaq, Feist and Lisa Leblanc.  The evening also featured the exclusive worldwide debut of Leonard Cohen’s new video for “Leaving the Table,” directed by Christopher Mills.  To watch highlights and more music from the Polaris Prize Gala visit cbcmusic.ca/polarisprize

Lido Pimienta joins the illustrious list of Polaris Prize Winners; 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).

 

 

 

CONTEST: Win a Night at Oktoberfest Vancouver

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Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest Munich starts tomorrow, September 16th bringing thousands of visitors to another edition of the world’s largest volksfest.   If you can’t make it to Germany, the Vancouver Alpen Club is the place to celebrate Oktoberfest right here at home.

OktoberfestFor over 30 years, Vancouver Alpen Club has been the city’s main Oktoberfest celebration.   Starting Friday, October 6th, 2017, festivities take place every Friday and Saturday for the next three weekends.   Live music from The Continentals as well as a DJ mixing tunes encourages the masses to kick up their heels.
OktoberfoodTraditional Bavarian cuisine, like spätzle, schnitzel, and sausage fills bellies while mugs are filled with German ale.  Vancouver Alpen Club Oktoberfest cooperates with the German breweries Krombacher, Erdinger, and for the first year Hofbraeuhaus Muenchen bringing centuries of brewing history to the kegs in Vancouver.  Over the course of the three weekends of Oktoberfest, over 7000 litres of beer will be served to 400+ daily visitors.

Oktoberfest at Vancouver Alpen Club is giving a reader & a friend the opportunity to come out and raise a mug with us!

The prize package includes: two tickets to the cheer on the October 6th opening night of Oktoberfest at Vancouver Alpen Club including two classic Schnitzel Meals to top off the German Oktoberfest experience.

To enter:

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Contest entries will be accepted until Noon on Monday, October 2, 2017. One winner will be chosen at random. Please note, you must be 19 years or older to enter; Vancouver Alpen Club will require photo ID to access Oktoberfest.

 

2016 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize Albums

The eight winning albums for the 2016 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize have been announced.

The winners were chosen from four Short Lists, each representing a different musical era (1960-75, 1976-85, 1986-95, 1996-2005), and were curated by juries of music historians and music media. Two winners for each era were chosen from the 10 album Short Lists — one by public vote and one by the juries.

Sloan’s Chris Murphy helped reveal the winning albums via live broadcast on the Polaris Music Prize Facebook page. Sloan’s Twice Removed album won the Heritage Prize last year in the 90s category.

The winning albums are:

1960-75
Public: Neil Young – After The Gold Rush
Jury: Leonard Cohen – Songs Of Leonard Cohen

1976-85
Public: Rush – Moving Pictures
Jury: Kate & Anna McGarrigle – Kate & Anna McGarrigle

1986-95
Public: Blue Rodeo – Five Days In July
Jury: Mary Margaret O’Hara – Miss America

1996-05
Public: Arcade Fire – Funeral
Jury: Lhasa – La Lloronapolaris_slaight_2016

Gary Slaight, President and CEO of Slaight Communications, commended the winners, saying, “Congratulations to all the winning artists. I appreciate all the hard work and dedication that goes into creating these memorable recordings and am pleased to celebrate your achievement in receiving this recognition.”

Gilbert Li, who curated the 2016 Polaris Music Prize posters and the posters for the 2015 Heritage Prize, will return to select eight new artists to pay tribute to the winning records. The 32 records that did not get selected as winners will remain on each of their respective era’s Short Lists for the 2017 Heritage Prize. Two more records from the period, selected by the jury, will then be added to the coming year’s Prize.

For full details of the Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize Albums visit polarismusicprize.ca

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