A big week on the awards front with Polaris and the Canadian Country Music Awards announcing their nominations. Check out some of the news making headlines this week in the Canadian Music Industry.
The Polaris Music Prize whittled it’s finalists down to 10, as the short list was announced from the Drake Hotel in Toronto this week. Some of the anticipated artists making the list include Toronto’s Feist, Edmonton’s Cadence Weapon, and Montreal’s Grimes.
Artists like Drake, Cold Specks, and Yamantaka//Sonic Titan have been at the centre of some hearty debate. The winner will be announced at the Polaris gala on September 24th.
Adding to an already tragic summer for Toronto music festivals, a 19-year-old female fan passed away at the Van’s Warped Tour Toronto stop.
The girl was found unconscious in front of the festival stage and paramedics were unable to resuscitate her. A medical condition is believed to have caused her death.
The Canadian Country Music Association announced it’s nominations for the CCMA’s. Fan favourites Doc Walker, Corb Lund, and Gord Bamford are up for Album of the Year, along with Terri Clark and Dean Brody.
Johnny Ried leads the pack with eight nominations, while Brody and Bamford follow with seven and six, respectively. The awards will be announced Spetember 10th.
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