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The Polaris Podcast explores the rich and intriguing stories behind the Canadian music albums of distinction that have been nominated for the Polaris Music Prize and its related Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize. Through interviews with the artists behind these albums as well as in-depth analysis from expert Polaris jurors, the podcast shines a light on the magical music that informs the Polaris universe.
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Polaris Podcast Episode 2: Kaytranada Wins
Welcome to episode two of the Polaris Podcast.
In this episode we're going to take an in-depth look at Kaytranada's '99.9%,' the album that won the 2016 Polaris Music Prize this past September.
The first thing we'll do is talk to someone who was right there beside Kaytranada, literally banging his hands on the stage at Toronto's Carlu, when the Montreal producer's name was announced as the winner — BADBADNOTGOOD bassist Chester Hansen. BBNG played on '99.9%,' contributing to the song "Weight Off," and Hansen will tell you how it felt to be part of the big moment.
Next, we'll talk to CBC Music's Del Cowie, who was the Polaris Grand Jury member who spoke on behalf of '99.9%' that night at the Polaris Gala. He'll tell you what he loved about the album as well as share the argument for '99.9%' that he presented to the rest of the Polaris Grand Jury.
Finally, we'll get head over to the Red Bull Music Academy where Polaris juror Anupa Mistry had an in-depth conversation with Kaytranada shortly after his Polaris victory. In this segment we'll get special insight into the Montreal piu piu scene where Kaytranada got his start as a beatmaker.
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The Polaris Podcast explores the rich and intriguing stories behind the Canadian music albums of distinction that have been nominated for the Polaris Music Prize and its related Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize.
We acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada’s private radio broadcasters.
Thanks to Steve Jordan, Claire Dagenais and Meghan Borthwick from Polaris, Tim Jones, Indie88, Blue Ant Media, Red Bull Music Academy and Kelly and Kelly Creative.
The Polaris Podcast theme song is "Work" by The Deadly Snakes (rip).