The 2014 Polaris Music Prize Short List that were revealed this morning in Toronto and our good friend Shad was nominated for a third time (2008, 2010, 2014). Shad joins the VERY short list of Arcade Fire, Owen Pallett, and Metric to be nominated for a third time. Drake is listed this year for Nothing Was The Same which some disagree with as Polaris is supposed to be supporting “indie” artists. Do you agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments section.
2014 Polaris Music Prize Short List
Arcade Fire — Reflektor
Basia Bulat — Tall Tall Shadow
Mac DeMarco — Salad Days
Drake — Nothing Was The Same
Jessy Lanza — Pull My Hair Back
Owen Pallett — In Conflict
Shad — Flying Colours
Tanya Tagaq — Animism
Timber Timbre — Hot Dreams
YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN — UZU
The 2014 winner will be determined by an 11-member Grand Jury during the Polaris Gala at The Carlu in Toronto on September 22. The Grand Jury will be selected from the larger pool of nearly 190 music journalists, broadcasters and music bloggers from across Canada who make up the Polaris jury.
The eligibility period for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize runs from June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014. The Polaris Music Prize awards $30,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year, judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration of genre or record sales. Last year’s winner was Godspeed You! Black Emperor for Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! Past winners include Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy (2006).
Manifesto is currently accepting submissions for the 2014 festival in the areas of: Music, Visual Arts, Dance, Freshest Goods and Volunteers. The Application deadline has been extended to Sunday July 20th 11:59PM. Apply right now!
Manifesto Community Projects is a non-profit organization working to unite, inspire and empower diverse communities of young people through arts & culture. We aim to provide a platform and the resources needed to advance the growth of the arts as a tool for positive change on the individual, community and city level.
Through art exhibitions, dance competitions, workshops, free outdoor concerts, film screenings, networking opportunities,
seminars, festivals, a pop-up arts market, and much more, Manifesto creates powerful and engaging experiences, and provides opportunities for young artists to grow.
Manifesto’s point of origin lies in hip hop culture – in its spirit of ingenuity, raw creativity, and people power, but we strive to stay out of boxes and create a platform with the potential to act as a catalyst for cross-pollination, collaboration, and the growth of new forms in this city of wildly talented people.
The #BETawards took place last night in Los Angeles at the Staples Centre. I must say this was the first I caught an awards show from the beginning and set my alarm to watch and it wasn’t that bad. My favourite part is Chris Rock who hosted the awards and was poking fun at everyone from Paris Hilton getting her Kardashian on to Mike Tyson not knowing how to write. I’ve put together the complete list below and there is a video playlist of all the performances. Chris Brown performed his first TV appearance since his release, Usher had a killer set and BET surprised us with a throwback 90′s R&B set.
BEYONCÉ – BEST FEMALE R&B/POP ARTIST
PHARRELL – BEST MALE R&B/POP ARTIST
YOUNG MONEY – BEST GROUP
BEYONCÉ F/ JAY-Z – DRUNK IN LOVE – BEST COLLABORATION
DRAKE – BEST MALE HIP HOP ARTIST
NICKI MINAJ – BEST FEMALE HIP HOP ARTIST
PHARRELL WILLIAMS – HAPPY – VIDEO OF THE YEAR
HYPE WILLIAMS – VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
AUGUST ALSINA – BEST NEW ARTIST
TAMELA MANN – BEST GOSPEL ARTIST
LUPITA NYONG’O – BEST ACTRESS
CHIWETEL EJIOFOR – BEST ACTOR
KEKE PALMER – YOUNGSTARS AWARD
12 YEARS A SLAVE – BEST MOVIE
Hit the jump to watch the video performances!
Less than 24 hours after releasing his new record “Often,” The Weeknd has announced that he will be hitting the road again this fall for four exclusive shows. Joined by Jhené Aiko and ScHoolboy Q, the “King of the Fall” tour begins September 19th at Barclays Center in New York as well as stops at other major venues across North America including The Molson Amphitheatre in his hometown of Toronto on September 21st. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 11th through the Live Nation Mobile APP and www.livenation.com. Fans can go to www.spintaz.com/weekndsignup to sign up for presale access to tickets. Check out the full tour dates below.
The Weeknd “King of the Fall” Tour Dates 2014:
9/19 New York, NY Barclays Center
9/21 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
10/9 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
10/10 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
BIG NEWS. The Extremities (separately known as Fresh Kils and Uncle Fester) are about to release a new album, Instruments, and in anticipation of its release, they’ve put together another fabled routine, this time blending Adele and Deltron 3030 to create “Adeltron.” In lieu of another cliche introduction into their music and what this all means, allow me to set the scene by retelling my first encounter with The Extremities, and in the process, prove why you should NOT sleep on anything they’re involved with.
Check out the track listing and continue reading after the jump. Watch the video below.
No, it’s not a rap battle. However, YMCMB members Drake and Lil Wayne have announced the official “Drake Vs. Lil Wayne” tour happening this summer. Beginning on August 8th in Buffalo, the tour will visit 31 cities across the United States including Chicago, New York, Miami, LA, and more before coming to end on September 27th in Houston. Tickets for all shows will be available online starting on June 21, while pre-sale tickets go on sale starting June 17. Lil Wayne’s the Carter V coming soon. Check out the full list of tour dates below.
“Drake Vs. Lil Wayne” 2014 Tour:
Attention: Due to a few technical difficulties we will be re-scheduling our interview with SeT. Time and date to be announced tomorrow!
We have an exciting one for you tonight! Tonight we sit down for a live interview via Youtube with SeT from SmashMouth Music Group. His highly anticipated project AuRA is due out next month and we can’t be more excited to sit down and discuss that, along with a ton of other things. SeT has dropped three singles so far if you haven’t heard them yet; “WhatchaMeCallIt”, “Bounce” and the recent video “AuRA”.
Tune in tonight around 8 PM EST and be sure to subscribe to our Youtube channel to stay updated on this event!