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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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Today’s Feature:

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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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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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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Today’s Feature:

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 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:

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 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.
Click HERE to purchase online.

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.’