The Polaris Prize honors Canada's best full-length album "judged solely on artistic merit, without regard to genre or record sales." It's sort of like Britain's Mercury Prize, without the accent. The $20,000 prize was awarded in Toronto this week to the artist Caribou for his record Andorra
. Nominees included Holy Fuck, Black Mountain, Stars, The Weakerthans, Plants and Animals and more. Be sure to check out the CBC Radio 3 podcast from the event to catch some live performances from the nominees.
In a blatant attempt to attract the banjo demographic, Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley stars in a new Obama radio ad airing in Virginia. (Thanks, Daily Swarm
The Federation of Students and Nominally or Unemployed Artists hit the streets with its Instant Grant Program, giving out anywhere between ten to 60 bucks to help people's creative endeavors. (Thanks, Wooster Collective