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Polaris Heritage Prize

The Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize honours Canadian albums
of the past from four distinct time periods: 1960-75, 1976-85, 1986-95 and 1996-05.
Like the Polaris Music Prize, winners and nominees for the Heritage Prize are albums
of the artistic distinction, without regards to sales or affiliations.
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2018 Heritage Prize Winners:
1960 – 1975
Jean-Pierre Ferland – Jaune
Neil Young – Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

Bruce Cockburn – Stealing Fire
Rush – 2112

Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill
Dream Warriors – And Now the Legacy Begins

Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It In People
Kid Koala – Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Check out below for info on the poster designers/artists.

Jean Pierre Ferland is a French Canadian singer from Montreal, Quebec.
He began his career as an accountant with Radio-Canada before learning guitar and writing his first songs in 1959.
In 1996 he was made Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition for his 30 albums and over 450 songs.
His Critically acclaimed album ‘Jaune’ was released in 1970 and is considered a Quebec/Canadian classic.

As a child, Estee Preda was read Hans Christian Andersen and
Brothers Grimm fairy tales every night by her mother who escaped the iron curtain.
She lived across the hall from her grand-mother who was prone to night terrors.
She would watch out the window from her Québec city home as one season would slowly turn into another.
The world that her art exists in lies somewhere between those ephemeral seasons, night terrors and folk tales.

Neil Young is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician that has been creating music since the 60’s.
He was in bands Buffalo Springfield, Cosby Stills & Nash, and Crazy Horse before going solo.
Along with his signature voice Young also played guitar, piano, and harmonica.
In the album ‘Everybody Knows This is Nowhere’ Young experimented with a rawer voice and
many of the songs were written in a single day during a fever.
Even still the album went platinum.

Gracia Lam is an illustrator born in Hong Kong and raised in Toronto.
Her work aims to reinvent everyday objects and mundane environments.

Bruce Cockburn is a Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist.
Many of his songs touch on political or environmental issues as well as human rights.
He has made more than 33 albums spanning over 40 years.
Before going Solo Cockburn was in numerous bands such as
The Esquires, The Flying Circus, Olivus, and 3’s a Crowd.
He made his first solo album in 1970. His single “If I Had a Rocket Launcher”
from his ‘Stealing Fire’ album became a hit on US charts.

Paige Bowman is an illustrator born in Victoria, BC and based in Vancouver.
She has studied illustration at both Emily Carr University of Art & Design and Sheridan College.
She loves dogs, wine, family, hip hop, and indian food after 2am.

“Rush burst out of Canada in the early 1970s with one of the most powerful and bombastic sounds of the decade.
Their 1976 magnum opus 2112 represents progressive rock at its grandiose heights,
but just a half decade later they had the guts to put epic songs aside in favor of shorter (but no less dynamic)
tunes like “Tom Sawyer and “The Spirit of Radio” that remain in constant rotation on radio to this day.
Absolutely uncompromising in every conceivable way, the trio has spent the last 40 years cultivating
the largest cult fan base in rock while still managing to sell out arenas around the globe.”

“Art/drawings, stuff like that.”
Jamiyla Lowe was born in Montreal, Quebec and attended Ontario College of Art and Design’s

Alanis Morissette began her career in Canada in the early 1990s.
In 1995 she released her most acclaimed album, Jagged Little Pill. She had 8 albums in total.
With sounds of aggressive pop/rock and grunge this album won 5 Grammy Awards and
quickly topped the charts world wide. 

Jenn Woodall is an award-winning illustrator and comics creator who dwells in Toronto, Ontario.
She has a Bachelor of Design from OCADU in Illustration as well as a BDes in Fashion Design.
She self-publishes her own comics and also has her work distributed and published through Silver Sprocket.

Dream Warriors is a Toronto based Hip Hop Duo with artist King Lou (Louis Robinson) and Capital Q (Frank Allert).
They were formed in 1988 with their first collaborated single “Can’t Repress the Cause” release in 1990.
Their jazz influenced hip hop album ‘And Now the Legacy Begins’ dropped in 1991 and
was critically acclaimed in Canada and the UK.

“Pencil on Paper and Digital Colour”
Jesse DeNobrega is near Toronto, Canada.
Works in comics, printmaking, painting, animation, music, and video games.

Broken Social Scene is a musical collective that fluctuates between 6 to 9 members.
It was originally formed by Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning.
It is an experimental musical project with many famous Toronto artist,
with past members from bands like Metric, Feist, Stars Jason Collett to name a few.
The collaboration often creates unique sounds like in their popular album ‘You Forgot The People.’

Cameron McKague – “I’m an independent graphic designer and art director with over a decade of experience.
Most recently, I was Senior Designer at Toronto’s Underline Studio for 4+ years and
worked at House of Radon in Stockholm, Sweden and Free Agency Creative in Vancouver, Canada.
I currently live and work in Toronto, Canada.”

“Kid Koala is a world-renowned scratch DJ, music producer, film composer,
video game composer and award winning graphic novelist.
He has released six solo albums, the most recent being Music To Draw To: IO featuring Trixie Whitley.
He has also released two graphic novels: Nufonia Must Fall and Space Cadet.
He has also been involved in collaborations such as Gorillaz, Deltron 3030, and The Slew.”

Raz Latif is a freelance illustrator, designer and artist living in Toronto.
His work focuses on editorial, book, marketing, and advertising illustrations.
He enjoys painting, working on murals, and interesting projects!
Bachelor of Design, Illustration, OCAD University.

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Polaris Music Prize 2018

If you have been following our blog you are up to date on this years wonderful polaris music prize performers!
There are 10 Canadian performers matched with 10 Canadian artists to create these beautiful band posters.
This years winner is Jeremy Dutcher!

You can purchase any one of these posters at our store or online, as well as the event, happening
September 17th at The Carlu. Posters sell for $40 each.
Here is a sum up of this years Polaris Prize Artists!

BAND: Jean Michel Blais, Designed by Mathieu Larone, 5 Colour

BAND: Alvvays, Designed by Aaron Rinas, 2 Colour


BAND: Daniel Caesar, Designed by Matt & Clea, 1 Colour

BAND: Jeremy Dutcher, Designed by Alena Skarina 4 Colour

BAND: Pierre Kwenders, Designed by Kellen Hatanaka, 4 Colour

BAND: Hubert Lenoir, Designed by Cecile Gariepy, 5 Colour

BAND: Partner, Designed by Brandon Celi, 5 Colour

BAND: Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Designed by Dylan Darwin, 4 Colour

BAND: U.S. Girls, Designed by Mariel Rutherford, 3 Colour

BAND: Weaves, Designed by Chris Pecora, 3 Colour



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Polaris Prize – Weaves

Today’s Feature – Band: WEAVES, Artwork By: CHRIS PECORA

A band from Toronto, Ontario, Weaves is a well known artist with a unique sound.
A band that is always beating to the sound of there own drum.
Pervious albums mixed different genres of music, featuring jazz and rock sounds.
This time around their new album ‘Wide Open’ has more of a pop vibe.

Chris Pecora is a graphic designer and illustrator from Calgary, Canada.
He aims to bring thoughtful concepts to life using bold shapes, bright colours,
humour, and a smattering of texture.

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Polaris Prize – U.S. GIRLS

Todays Feature – Band: U.S. Girls, Artwork by: MARIEL RUTHERFORD

U.S. Girls was formed by Canadian-American musician Meghan Remy in 2007.
Before creating U.S.Girls Meghan Remy was in a  punk band.
She started making music in the early 2000’s and has released 6 albums so far.
her latest album ‘In a poem unlimited’ was released February 2018.

‘Mariel is a graduate of the Bachelor of Illustration program at Sheridan College.
Previously she studied the arts in Brussels and London,
where she developed an appreciation for textiles and embroidery.
She is interested in colour, composition and texture.’

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Polaris Prize – Snotty Nose Rez Kids

Todays feature – BAND: SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS, Artwork by: DYLAN DARWIN

Snotty Nose Rez Kids are a hip hop duo out of Vancouver, BC.
They confront slurs and stereotypes of Indigenous people and promote pride.
The 2 members Darren Metz (Young D) and Quinton Nyce (Yung Trybezare)
are from the Kitamaat Village, a Haisla First Nation reserve.

Dylan Darwin is an illustrator and CG generalist from Ontario, Canada.
He went to Sheridan College graduating with a Computer Animation Certificate and an Illustration Bachelors.
His illustration work is a mix of traditional mixed media, digital, and collage.

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Polaris Prize – Partner

Todays Feature – Band: PARTNER, Artwork by: BRANDON CELI

Partner was originally formed in Sackville, New Brunswick.
They were first recognized with their hit “The ‘Ellen’ Page” staring Ellen dancing,
which went viral when Ellen herself posted it.
They came out with a full album in 2017 titled ‘In Search of Lost Time’

Brandon Celi is a Toronto based illustrator.
He graduated from OCAD University and has worked with a variety of clients
including New York Times, Bloomberg Business & Adult Swim.

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Polaris Prize – Hubert Lenoir

Todays feature – Band: HUBERT LENOIR, Artwork By: CECILE GARIEPY

Hubert Lenoir just dropped his debut solo album in february called Darlene.
A mix of raunchy guitar and saxophone, its making headway fast.

Cécile Gariépy is an illustrator based in Montreal. She loves images that tell stories.
Her work is playful and put emphasis on colour, composition and character design.

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Polaris Prize – Pierre Kwenders

Todays Feature – Band: PIERRE KWENDERS, Artwork by: KELLEN HATANAKA

José Louis Modabi is a Congolese-Canadian musician preforming under the stage name Pierre Kwenders.
His first album ‘Le Dernier Empereur’ was out in 2014 and was nominated at the Juno Awards.
His single Sexus Plexus Nexus dropped June 20th and the new album ‘Makanda’ released September 2017.
He is recognized for creating a unique sound blend of African Music with western Pop


Kellen Hatanaka is an artist and designer from Toronto, Canada.
He has worked with a variety of clients including The Wall Street Journal, The Walrus,
The Drake Hotel, Sid Lee, Bruce Mau Design, Frank and Oak and Absolut Vodka.
He was awarded the Governor General’s Award in 2016 along with
Jon-Erik Lappano for their book, “Tokyo Digs a Garden.”

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Polaris Prize – Jeremy Dutcher

Todays Feature – Band: JEREMY DUTCHER, Artwork by: ALENA SKARINA

Jeremy Dutcher is a Toronto-based First Nations singer & pianist.
He is recognized by his unique bilingual narrative music.
In his album titled Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa he sings in his
native tongue Wolastoq. A language only an estimated 600 people know.

Alëna Skarina was born in Siberia, Russia in 1986.
She is a fine artist and illustrator in Toronto, Ontario.
Her style is known for its hyper-precise linework,
hand-done typography and unique graphic sensibility.


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Polaris Prize – Daniel Caesar

Todays Feature – Band: DANIEL CAESAR, Artwork by: Matthew Boyd & Clea Forkert

Ashton Simmonds was born in Oshawa Ontario in 1995.
At only 23 years old he has release 3 albums under his stage name Daniel Caesar.
He has been featured in Rolling Stones ’20 Best R&B Albums of 2014′
His break out single “Get You” has gotten world recognition.
His new album ‘Freudian’ has been nominated for Best R&B Album and
Best Performance from the hit single “Get You” at the Grammy Awards.
It won the Juno Awards ‘R&B Soul Recording of the Year’ & the ‘Recording Engineer of the Year’

Matthew Boyd Is an independent graphic designer and art director based in Toronto, Canada.
He has over 12 years of experience working for large and small clients in many different fields.
Most recently he held the position of Design Director at Concrete.
Previously he was a founding partner of the studio Way Shape Form

Clea Forkert is an independent designer engaged in the creation of books,
catalogues, visual identities, websites, posters and packaging. 

Clea also has 12 years of experience, having worked at communications agency Spencer Francey Peters,
and Underline Studio where she was Associate Creative Director.