Friday, June 18, 2021

GOOD LUCK! 2021 Polaris Music Prize Long List (incl local artists)


From the Polaris Music Prize website:

In total, 204 albums were considered for the Long List by the 199 member jury.

This year’s Long List was unveiled in a video broadcast via the Polaris Facebook page and YouTube channels

The 10 album Short List will be unveiled live on July 15 as part of a two-hour special during Drive on CBC Music. An encore broadcast of the special will be available on CBC Music, Sunday, July 18 at 10 p.m. The 2021 Polaris Music Prize-winning album will be revealed in the fall via CBC Music. More details on this will be announced in the coming weeks. Leading up to the reveal of the Short List, CBC Music will have a retrospective special on Sunday, July 11 at 10 p.m.

The Polaris Music Prize awards $50,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year, judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre or record sales. Additionally, the nine other nominated acts whose albums make the 2021 Short List will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music.

Below is the Long List Reveal video

Links: Polaris Music PrizeMore Polaris Stories, Video above courtesy of polarismusicprize

Complete list (local artists are bolded)


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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

CONGRATS! 1st Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Award Winners (incl local artists)

On June 12, 2021, the inaugural Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards were handed out at an online ceremony (shown below).

Links: SSIMA, More SSIMA Stories, Video above courtesy of Summer Solstice 

Below is a complete list of winners. Local acts are bolded.


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Monday, June 14, 2021

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CONGRATS! Hamilton Arts Award Winners

From the Hamilton Arts Awards website:

The City Hamilton is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 City of Hamilton Arts Awards, presented in a series of eleven online podcast-style episodes that aired from June 3 to 12 as part of 2021 Hamilton Arts Week.

Here's the complete list of winners. Music-related ones are bolded.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Tom Wilson

More Tom Wilson Stories

Arts Champion

Creator Awards

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Happy Portugal Day! Videos by Tony Gouveia, Banda Portuguesa de Hamilton, Amália Rodrigues


Please join us in celebrating our founder/blogger Lou's ethnic background!

Tony Gouveia is from Kitchener



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Below is a video featuring the late Amália Rodrigues, one of the biggest names in Portuguese music.



Monday, June 7, 2021

CONGRATS! More 2021 Juno Winners

The televised 50th Juno Awards were broadcast on June 6, 2021. During the streamed opening night gala, a number of local artists brought home awards. Click here for our report on that.

You can view the show below.

Video above courtesy of CBC Music

Below is a complete list of winners from the broadcast.

Video Highlights

The Band's Robbie Robertson from Six Nations wished the Junos a happy 50th


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Feist and the surviving members of the Tragically Hip perform.



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Saturday, June 5, 2021

CONGRATS! 2021 Juno Opening Night Winners (incl local artists)


A few area artists took home Juno Awards during the opening night virtual festivities on June 4, 2021.

Here is the full opening gala:




Below is a complete list of winners. Local acts are bolded.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

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