Category Archives: On the Stage

How To Become a Household Name in Canada

Last week, artist and performer Tanya Tagaq won the Polaris Music Prize which is an award given out each year that, “celebrates and rewards creativity and diversity in Canadian recorded music.” The reward is $30,000 cash and that’s about all I’ve ever known about it.  Unless you’re a serious musician or have your finger on the pulse of the Canadian music scene (I don’t) or listen to CBC radio regularly, most Canadians don’t know what the Polaris Music Prize is, much less heard of any of the bands or artists that have been nominated for it.  If you think the Juno awards fly faintly on the radar of recognition, just mention Polaris to someone and watch their brows furrow as they try to recall if that’s a new drug for erectile dysfunction or an insurance company provider. Continue reading

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