(Photo: Dustin Rabin/Polaris Music Prize)
Canada's indie darling songstress Feist took home the Polaris Music Prize last Monday, to the surprise of some. However, there was no surprise that the live performances at the gala were stunning again this year, including Yamantaka // Sonic Titan who certainly took the prize for “Blowing Minds” to those who had never heard them before. Be sure to catch the video highlights over at MuchMusic.
In other awards news, the Western Canadian Music Awards were handed out last night in Regina in conjunction with BreakOut West Festival. Walking home with a bag full of awards was Dan Mangan, taking Independent Album of the Year, Rock Recording of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year (“Post-war Blues”). Congrats also go to Mint Records for taking home the prize for Independent Record Label of the Year.
It might be a strange pairing, but Céline Dion and Arcade Fire have teamed up for a special benefit concert tonight in Montréal. Proceeds will go towards supporting the family of Denis Blanchette, the technician who was shot to death outside the Parti Québecois election night celebration last month. Those lucky enough to grab a ticket for the show will also be treated to opening sets from Patrick Watson and Coeur de pirate. Don't Win and Céline make a cute couple?
In awkward news, the Beach Boys 50th anniversary reunion tour wrapped up over the weekend with gigs at Royal Albert Hall and Wembley Arena in London, but news broke last week that certain members would not be invited to continue on afterwards. Mike Love (owner of the rights to the Beach Boys name) stated publicly that he'd be touring without original members Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks. One can only imagine why this decision would come before finishing off the tour but those who didn't catch the reunion tour (myself included) are definitely kicking themselves now.
Even more awkward was Justin Bieber's performance in Phoenix last week, where he had to pause to spew mid-way through his set. The culprit? Too much pre-show milk according to a tweet after the show. That's just adorable.
Finally, Raylene Rankin sadly passed away at 52 years of age on Sunday. The Nova Scotian finally succumbed to cancer but not before leaving a huge musical legacy that includes bringing Cape Breton Celtic music to the mainstream with her siblings in The Rankin Family.