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Bry Webb & Polaris long list & Ken Smith

- June 14th, 2012

Somewhere, Ken Smith is smiling — Bry Webb is on the Polaris Music Prize long list.

Ken was a (seemingly) crusty Free Press photographer & ace gardening correspondent . . . & just about the world’s No. 1 Constantines’ fan. In part because his grandson, Bry Webb, was the lead singer & guitarist. That is how I came to know him & realize how passionate & caring he was about life & joy.

Now, Ken is gone — he died last October. He’s happy, though & cheering, I bet. Bry Webb’s solo album Provider was just announced as being on the Polaris long list. It’s a great list this year (same as every year). Best album in Canada TBD.

Right now, I am smiling for Bry & Ken & all those love them. Great news. Best wishes.

Here is the official Polaris announcement, thanks to ace media person and Fanshawe MIA grad Beth Cavanaugh:

VANCOUVER, BC – Thursday, June 14, 2012.

 

 

The 2012 Polaris Long List was announced today at The Waldorf Hotel in Vancouver, BC. The Long List is sponsored this year by the Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada (MROC). Broadcast live on SiriusXM Canada and CBC Radio3, previous Polaris nominees Veda Hille, Dan Mangan and Hannah Georgas and jury member Francois Marchand (Vancouver Sun) were on hand to reveal the list. Vancouver music industry and media were in attendance for the late morning event.

 

“The year’s list deliciously illustrates the burgeoning sense of community in our jury. Almost half of the selections on this list were the direct result of passionate recommendations made by individual members to their peers. We hope the ultimate result of this dialogue will likewise inform the taste of adventurous music lovers from Canada and the world,” said Steve Jordan, Founder and Executive Director of the Prize.

 

Now in its seventh year, The Polaris Music Prize awards $30,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year. It is judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration of genre or record sales. Past winners have been Arcade Fire, Karkwa, Fucked Up, Patrick Watson, Caribou and Final Fantasy.  The eligibility period for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize runs from June 1, 2011 to May 31, 2012.

 

 

The 2012 Polaris Music Prize Long List is (in alphabetical order):

A Tribe Called Red – A Tribe Called Red

Marie-Pierre Arthur – Aux alentours

Rich Aucoin – We’re All Dying To Live

Avec pas d’casque – Astronomie

Azari & III – Azari & III

Bahamas – Barchords

The Barr Brothers – The Barr Brothers

Blackie And The Rodeo Kings – Kings And Queens

Cadence Weapon – Hope In Dirt City

Kathryn Calder – Bright And Vivid

Cannon Bros – Firecracker / Cloudglow

Coeur de pirate – Blonde

Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas

Cold Specks – I Predict A Graceful Expulsion

Rose Cousins – We Have Made A Spark

Mark Davis – Eliminate The Toxins

Drake – Take Care

Kathleen Edwards – Voyageur

Feist – Metals

Fucked Up – David Comes To Life

Great Lake Swimmers – New Wild Everywhere

Grimes – Visions

Handsome Furs – Sound Kapital

Japandroids – Celebration Rock

Dan Mangan – Oh Fortune

Mares Of Thrace – The Pilgrimage

Ariane Moffatt – MA

Lindi Ortega – Little Red Boots

Parlovr – Kook Soul

Sandro Perri – Impossible Spaces

Joel Plaskett Emergency – Scrappy Happiness

PS I Love You – Death Dreams

John K. Samson – Provincial

Shooting Guns – Born To Deal In Magic: 1952-1976

The Slakadeliqs – The Other Side of Tomorrow

Patrick Watson – Adventures In Your Own Backyard

Bry Webb – Provider

The Weeknd – Echoes of Silence

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan – YT//ST

Yukon Blonde – Tiger Talk

 

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1 comment

  1. Lynne Webb says:

    Thanks James. Yes, I am sure Ken is smiling. We are so proud of our son. Thanks for the mention, Lynne

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