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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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I don’t know if any of you music types have heard of this, but there’s a website out there called “MySpace” that allows you have a nifty profile page that lists everything about your band, and even upload pictures and (if you’re so inclined) music.  Pretty cool, huh?  I wonder if it will catch on.

Anyway, once you have a “MySpace” music profile you can then contact other musicians and ask ’em if they want to be friends.  I know, I know … pretty cool.  I’m proud to announce that OES has been befriended by the hot toronto band “Toronto Drug Bust”.

Toronto Drug BustWhat’s not to like about this fabulous Toronto band from Slovenia? Not only is there this hottest of CD covers (CD release happening in September), but their founding member is Sir Izak K.O.  I wish I had coined that name.

They’re more than their MySpace page:  check out their website.

Toronto Drug Bust Web Site

Alright, maybe you want to check out their website in a little while.

In the words of the immortal Andrew Gold (I actually had to look his name) “Thank You for Being a Friend.”  While they can’t yet claim to be the hottest Toronto band (we all know who that is), they’re pretty damned hot, and OES is honoured to be among their 250 MySpace friends (who are these “White Stripes” guys and this “David Bowie” guy in their top eight?).

Be sure to check out the Toronto Drug Bust on MySpace and, of course, ROCK ON!

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