Saturday, November 8 on Citytv
Not Your Average Music Award Show!
(Toronto – October 29) Calling all REAL music fans! Join Citytv for an hour of exciting and eclectic Canadian music as talented artists compete for the coveted Polaris Music Prize. Tune in for 10 diverse and must-see performances building up to the announcement of this year’s $20,000 dollar Polaris Music Prize. Expand your cultural horizons and get to know so some of the best in Canadian music, Saturday, November 8 on Citytv.
Citytv Toronto Saturday, November 8 at 7pm ET
Citytv Winnipeg Saturday, November 8 at 7pm CT
Citytv Calgary Saturday, November 8 at 7pm MT
Citytv Edmonton Saturday, November 8 at 7pm MT
Citytv Vancouver Saturday, November 8 at 7pm PT
The prestigious Polaris Music Prize is awarded to the best Canadian album regardless of genre. The award gala was held September 29 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto.
Note: this is NOT your average music competition show. No amount of 1-800 calls or texting determine the winner. Potential candidates were judged by a jury of 178 members of the music media; journalists, broadcasters and bloggers, who narrowed down the competition to a short list of 10 albums. The works of these 10 artists, released between June 1, 2007 and May 31, 2008, were then debated by the 11-member Grand Jury. At the end of the night, their selection for the 2008 Polaris Music Prize was awarded.
This year’s performers included Vancouver’s Black Mountain, London, Ontario city mates Shad and Basia, Toronto’s Holy Fuck, Ottawa’s Kathleen Edwards, Montréal’s Plants and Animals, and Charlottetown’s Two Hours Traffic. Fellow nominees Stars from Montréal, Caribou from Dundas, Ontario and The Weakerthans, Winnipeg, Manitoba were represented by exclusive live video performances.
The 2008 winner was Ontario’s own Caribou. Andorra, Caribou’s fourth full-length album, was heralded by critics as not just an electronic album, but as a pop masterpiece deemed “a beautifully choreographed mess” by Rolling Stone Magazine. Caribou is solely Dan Snaith. The Dundas, Ontario native currently resides in London, England. Sales of the record increased 400% immediately after the announcement of his win.
Catch all of the highlights and the exciting musical performances of some of Canada’s greatest talents when Rogers Presents the Polaris Prize premieres Saturday, November 8 on Citytv.
About the Polaris Music Prize
The Polaris Music Prize is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours, celebrates and rewards creativity and diversity in Canadian recorded music by recognizing and marketing the albums of the highest artistic integrity, without regard to musical genre, professional affiliation, or sales history, as judged by a panel of selected music critics. For further information, including rules, jury and sponsors, please visit www.polarismusicprize.ca.