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POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE 2019

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.

You can purchase any one of these posters at our store or online, as well as the event, happening
September 16th at The Polaris Gala. Posters sell for $40 each.
Here is a sum up of this years Polaris Prize Artists!


BAND: PUP, Designed by Katie Hicks, 4 Colours
BAND: Dominique Filmmaker Aimé, Designed by Sarah Penina, 5 Colours



BAND: Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Designed by Maya McKibbin, 4 Colours
BAND: ELISAPIE, Designed by Dayle Kubluitok, 5 Colours


BAND: Haviah Mighty, Designed by Alexis Eke, 5 Colours
BAND: Les Louanges, Designed by Mathieu Larone, 5 Colours


BAND: Marie Davidson, Designed by Melanie Garcia, 5 Colours
BAND: Fet Nat, Designed by Matthew Daley, 3 Colours



BAND: Jessie Reyez, Designed by Salini Perera, 5 Colours
BAND: SHAD, Designed by Anson Chan, 5 Colours


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POLARIS – JESSIE REYEZ & SHAD

Today’s Feature:
Band: SHAD & JESSIE REYEZ
Artwork By: ANSON CHAN  & SALINI PERERA

SHAD is a Canadian alternative hip hop artist and broadcaster. Full name of Shadrach Kabango he was raised in London Ontario. He hosted Q on CBC Radio One and hosted the award winning series ‘Hip-Hop Evolution’. He has 6 albums titled, ‘When This Is Over (2005), The Old Prince (2007), TSOL (2010), Flying Colours (2013), Adult Contempt (2016), & A Short Story About a War (2018). 

Anson Chan is a Toronto-based Illustrator. He enjoys visualizing and organizing shapes within abstract and stylized compositions. Anson currently attends Sheridan College studying Illustration with an expected graduation in 2020.

Jessie Reyez is a Columbian Canadian artist born in Toronto, Ontario. She has been creating music since she was a teenager and released her first album ‘Kiddo’ in 2017. Kiddo was released with a short film called ‘Gatekeeper’ addressing sexism and exploitation in the music industry. She won the Breakthrough Artist Award at the Juno Awards in 2018 and then won the RnB/Soul Recording of the Year Award in 2019 for her album ‘Being Human In Public.’

Salini Perera is an illustrator who lives, draws and paints in Toronto, Canada and uses she/her pronouns. She was born in Sri Lanka, raised in Scarborough, and has been making art for as long as she can remember. Salini studied film at Ryerson University and Independent Illustration at Seneca College. She enjoys puttering around the kitchen and her 2 cats Victoria and Albert.

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POLARIS – MARIE DAVIDSON & FET NAT

Today’s Feature:
Band: MARIE DAVIDSON & FET NAT
Artwork By: MELANIE GARCIA  & MATT DALEY

Marie Davidson is a electronic-techno musician from Montreal, Ontario. She is also part of the band ‘Essaie Pas’ which is a minimal wave duo comprised of her and Pierre Guerineau. Some albums include Perte d’identité (2014), Un autre voyage (2015), Adieux au dancefloor (2016), Working Class Woman (2018)

Melanie Garcia loves collage. It was during her BFA in Film Production at Concordia University that she began her work in large-format digital collage. After a period of art gestation her work is now settled into primarily analog mixed media collage concerned with the human body, its biological flaws, perfection, representation, distortion and aesthetics.

Fet Nat is an experimental musical group from Gatineau, Quebec. The band consists of vocalist and lyricist JFNO, guitarist Pierre-Luc Clément, saxophonist Linsey Wellman and drummer Olivier Fairfield. Let Nat released their first album this year titled ‘Le Mal’. Their sound is most commonly categorized as funk-punk.

Matthew Daley is an illustrator and comic artist with a distinct style that combines hand-created textures, stamps and found objects into vector illustrations to create a rugged, painterly look. He is inspired by mid-20th century illustration and design, particularly the work of James Flora and Mary Blair, the playful mayhem of the Dadaists and the aesthetic of Eiji Tsuburaya’s monster designs in Godzilla movies and Ultraman episodes.



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POLARIS – HAVIAH MIGHTY & LES LOUANGES

Today’s Feature:
Band: HAVIAH MIGHTY & LES LOUANGES
Artwork By: ALEXIS EKE  & MATHIEU LARONE

Haviah Mighty is a Canadian Rapper from Brampton, Ontario. Mighty started singing at the age of 4, rapping at 11, and producing at 15. In 2016 Mighty started in a hip hop group called ‘The Sorority’ before her debut album ‘13th Floor’ this year. 13 Floor tells her story of the challenges of being a female black rapper. 

Alexis Eke is an illustrator based in Toronto, Ontario. Inspired by renaissance portraits and traditional Japanese art, she aims to illustrate black women in a contemporary light.

Les Louanges is a Canadian indie pop band from Quebec, Ontario, whose core member is Vincent Roberge. His first album ‘Le Mercure’ released in 2016. Les Louanges most resent album titled ’La nuit est une panthère’ released in September, 2018. He won the Prix Félix-Leclerc at the 2019 edition of Les Francos de Montréal.

Mathieu Larone is an illustrator from Montreal, Canada and is currently enrolled in Bachelor of Design at OCAD. Some Clients include New York Times, Polaris Music Prize, Blue Sky Studios, Dawson College , Static Magazine, Productions Langues Pendues, S.P.A.C.E Exhibit, Ruff Haus Comics, Cartoon Lizard, Short Box Comics.

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POLARIS – SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS & ELISAPIE

Today’s Feature:
Band: SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS & ELISAPIE
Artwork By: MAYA MCKIBBIN  & DAYLE KUBLUITOK

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. Their 3rd album TRAPLINE was released this year in May.

Maya McKibbin’s hopes are to bring a message of modern indigeneity into the contemporary
creative circle in the format of comics, films, stories and illustrations.
They enjoy visualizing stories and working with design, specifically character.
Maya is Ojibwe, Yaqui and Huichol, and grew up on Coast Salish Territory in shíshálh. 

Elisapie is a Canadian singer, broadcaster, documentary filmmaker and activist.
Full name of Elisapie Issac she is half Inuk and was born in Salluit, Quebec.
In 2005 Elisapie collaborated with Alain Auger and produced the album titled Taima
which won the Juno Award of Aboriginal Recording of the Year.
In 2018 she released album ‘The Ballad of the Runaway Girl’

Dayle Kubluitok is an emerging artist from Kangiqliniq (Rankin Inlet) who studies
in Toronto, ON and lives in Iqaluit, NU. She works predominately with graphic arts and
illustration and is also a growing photographer. 


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POLARIS – PUP & DOMINIQUE FILS AIME

Polaris Music Prize honours Canadian musicians & artists from around the country.
The event is this Monday, September 16th at the Polaris Gala.
Keep a lookout cause we will be featuring a new performer everyday
leading up to the day of the event!

Today’s Feature:
Band: PUP & DOMINIQUE FILS AIME
Artwork By: KATIE HICKS  & SARAH PENINA

PUP is a Canadian punk rock band formed in Toronto, Ontario in 2010, originally under
the name Topanga. PUP’s self-titled debut album was released on October 8, 2013.
The bands members consists of Stefan Babcock, Nestor Chumak, Zack Mykula, and Steve Sladkowski.
They have 3 albums PUP (2013), The Dream Is Over (2016), and Morbid Stuff (2019)

Katie Hicks Toronto illustrator interested in cartoons and skeletons and cartoon skeletons.
Katie likes telling stories and drawing colourful pictures to accompany them.

DOMINIQUE FILS-AIMÉ is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Montreal, Quebec. In 2018 she released her 1st album titled ’Nameless’ focusing on the history of African-American music. It was followed up with her 2019 album ‘Stay Tuned!’ Which explores jazz music. She is inspired by soul icons from the 40s and 60’s.

Sarah Penina is located in Montreal, Canada. Sarah paints, draws, produce digital illustrations and dabbles in personal zines. Her work re-visits the aesthetics that surrounded her in childhood, especially the stylized hyper-femininity of 1980s-1990s children’s toys and media. Bringing these inspirations into the present as a way to delight and soothe herself and others. Thematically Sarah’s work touches on nostalgia, memory, and escapism.



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POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE 2017!

Congratulations to this years Polaris Music Prize winner, Lido Pimieta!

We are proud to have been printing the amazing commemorative posters for each shortlist nominated artists since 2006.

These limited edition prints are available for purchase in store as well as online. They retail for $40 each. Don’t sleep, they sell out quickly!


Band: LIDO PIMIETA, Artwork by: OHARA HALE

Band: LEONARD COHEN, Artwork by: YAREK WASZUL

Band: LEIF VOLLEBEKK, Artwork by: DALBERT VILARINO

Band: GORD DOWNIE, Artwork by: WENTING LI

 


Band: LISA LEBLANC, Artwork by: ALEX MACASKILL

Band: FEIST, Artwork by: CRISTIAN FOWLIE

 


Band: BADBADNOTGOOD, Artwork by: STUDIO TIPI

Band: TANYA TAGAQ, Artwork by: BEN TARDIF

 

Band: A TRIBE CALLED RED, Artwork by: JEFF BLACKBURN

Band: WEAVES, Artwork by: JEREMY BRUNEEL

 

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Polaris Music Prize 2014: Basia Bulat

We are very happy to inform you that for another year we had the great pleasure of screen-printing the posters for Polaris Music Prize!

Today’s Gala will reveal the winner of this years Polaris music prize, we’ll be running a series of blog posts for each of the nominees alongside their posters which have been hand crafted by fellow Canadian illustrators and designers!

Toronto local Basia Bulat was nominated back in 2008 and she’s back with a nomination for her 3rd album ‘Tall Tall Shadow’.

Fellow Toronto creative Caitlyn Murphy has created Basia’s poster, 4 colour print on bright white coverstock.

Available to buy here at Kid Icarus from September 22nd
$35.00, 18″ x 24″ 4 colours on white coverstock.

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Polaris Music Prize 2013: Purity Ring

Purity Ring are a Canadian electronic music duo originally from Edmonton, formed in 2010. The band consists of Megan James and Corin Roddick. Shrines is the debut album for Purity Ring, released in July of 2012, the album reached number 100 on the UK Albums Chart.

Poster design by Andrew Kolb, an illustrator/ designer currently working out of Kitchener Ontario.

2 colour, 18″ x 24″ on cougar cover. Posters are available through the Polaris Music Prize website for $30.00.

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Polaris Music Prize 2013: Whitehorse

Whitehorse is a Canadian folk rock band, whose core members are Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland. The duo have released two albums and an EP on Six Shooter Records. They are currently based in Hamilton, Ontario.

Poster design by Fish Bone Prints, the studio alias of Alex MacAskill, born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

5 colour, 18″ x 24″ on cougar cover. Posters are available through the Polaris Music Prize website for $30.00.

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