North By Northeast kicked off in Toronto this week with a musical train rolling into town. The Polaris Prize announced it’s long list, and a Canadian legend was honored in the American Songwriter Hall of Fame. Here are some headlines from this week in the Canadian music industry:
Let the debating and “Should-Have-Made-Its” begin! The Polaris Prize announced it’s long list of 40 nominees from the Waldorf Hotel in Vancouver on Thursday. The Polaris recognizes the top Canadian album of the year, and is based solely on artistic merit (as voted on by a jury of industry pros), regardless of sales.
The nominees include international heavy hitters like Feist, and Drake, Canadian staples like Joel Plaskett and John K. Samson, as well as popular newcomers such as Dan Mangan and Yukon Blonde.
Setting off on June 8th, the train stopped in Jasper, Edmonton, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg to showcase the artists, before arriving in Toronto this week to kick off the NXNE music festival.
Iconic Canadian songwriter Gordon Lightfoot was inducted into the American Songwriters Hall Of Fame this week in New York City. Lightfoot is credited with helping define the folk movement of the 1960’s and 70’s. A native of Orillia, Ontario, he enters the Hall alongside other famous songwriting greats, including Bob Seger and Don Schlitz.