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All the band members who were conscious on Monday (maybe half?) were very happy to see that OES had managed, again, not to make the Polaris long list.

The Polaris Music Prize is “Canada’s first juried award for creative artistic achievement in recorded music.”  Aside from that fact that “recorded music” and OES go together like oil and vinegar, the band is clearly far too hot for the Prize.  OES is certainly not in the business of being judged by jurors.

The chances of us making the short list, to be announced 7 July, are probably somewhat reduced by the fact we didn’t make the long list.  But you never know.

We understand and applaud the efforts of other hot Toronto bands that have made the list, and are especially proud of their efforts given that OES owns the title of hottest Toronto band.  Long list Toronto band nominees and their albums include:

  • Arkells – Jackson Square / Hamilton (close enough)
  • Bruce Peninsula – A Mountain Is A Mouth / Toronto
  • D-Sisive – Let The Children Die / Toronto
  • Elliott Brood – Mountain Meadows / Toronto
  • F*cked Up – The Chemistry Of Common Life / Toronto (this is a “family-friendly” blog – ha!)
  • Great Lake Swimmers – Lost Channels / Toronto
  • Junior Boys – Begone Dull Care / Hamilton (close enough)
  • K-OS – YES! / Toronto
  • K’NAAN – Troubadour / Toronto
  • Metric – Fantasies / Toronto
  • One Hundred Dollars – Forest Of Tears / Toronto
  • Charles Spearin – The Happiness Project / Toronto
  • Timber Timbre – Timber Tiimbre / Toronto

Congratulations to all the long-listers above!  If OES ever retires (perhaps sooner than you think), perhaps they’ll be up for the hottest band title.

ROCK ON! – Serge

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