The Polaris Music Prize today announced the Polaris Cover Sessions. Recorded at Revolution Recording in Toronto, and mastered by João Carvalho Mastering, the cover sessions feature previously nominated Short List artists’ reinterpretations of a fellow Short List artist’s song. These Cover Sessions include Great Lake Swimmers doing I’m A Mountain by Sarah Harmer, Sarah Harmer reimagining Odessa by Caribou, and a new version of The New Pornographers’ Bones Of An Idol by Whitehorse (click here for preview). A video for Harmer’s Caribou cover will be released via Aux.tv and AUX’s YouTube on August 19th. The two subsequent cover sessions will be released August 26th and September 2nd. The cover sessions will be pressed into 7”s and available for sale next year on Record Store Day.
“As much as Polaris picks lists and winners, it’s also a community of artists who greatly respect each other’s work. Like our recent Banff Sessions with Shad and Holy Fuck, we hope this kind of mutual love manifests itself on an annual basis,” said Steve Jordan, Polaris Founder and Executive Director.
“All of us at Revolution Recording and Joao Carvalho Mastering are big fans of Polaris and everything it represents. We were honoured to make our facilities available for recording, filming and mastering and to be a part of this initiative. Big fun was had by all,” offered Tanya Coghlan, Studio Manager at Revolution Recording.
The Polaris Gala will be hosted by Jay Baruchel on Monday, September 22nd at The Carlu in Toronto. It will be webcast live on Aux.tv and live audio broadcast on SiriusXM’s Iceberg (Sirius ch. 161) and The Verge (XM ch.173). The eligibility period for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize runs from June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014. An independent jury of nearly 190 music journalists, broadcasters and music bloggers from across Canada determine the Long List and Short List. An eleven person Grand Jury, chosen from the larger jury, will convene the night of the Gala to select the Polaris Music Prize winner.
The Polaris Music Prize awards $30,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year. The runners up from the Short List each receive $2,000 courtesy of Slaight Music. Judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre or record sales, the prize’s past winners have included 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).
We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.
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, then 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. www.polarismusicprize.ca / @polarisprize
About Revolution Recording
Revolution Recording is a superb recording studio located in the heart of Toronto, dedicated to the highest possible standards in music recording. Combining the highest standards in acoustic architecture with distinctive design character, Revolution Recording aims to provide a creative environment for artists, writers and producers, celebrating the joy and work of making music. www.revolutionrecording.com
About João Carvalho Mastering
João Carvalho Mastering’s dedicated group of award winning engineers have created an environment where precision, creativity, passion and skill come together to push sonic boundaries to new heights. Their world renowned mastering facility draws on an extensive state of the art set of customized mastering tools and equipment. At JCM, they can help transform your music so it’s at its finest when it is ultimately presented to the listening world. www.joaocarvalhomastering.com