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Polaris Prep 2015: Alvvays

Alvvays’ debut self-titled album came out at the perfect time; its mid-summer release-date in July 2014 meshed perfectly with the band’s washed out tracks and lively indie-pop sensibilities. By the time Alvvays was released, the band had already been dominating the indie airwaves. The band itself, consisting of Molly Rankin (daughter of John Morris Rankin of …

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Polaris Prep 2015: Caribou

Editor’s note: This is part of an ongoing series in preparation for the 2015 Polaris Music Prize. Visit CanCulture in the weeks leading up to the prize to see each of the 10 short-listed Canadian albums highlighted. Make sure to view the awards on September 21, 2015. One-time winner and three-time Polaris Prize nominee Caribou …

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Polaris Prep 2015: BADBADNOTGOOD

Editor’s note: This is part of an ongoing series in preparation for the 2015 Polaris Music Prize. Visit CanCulture in the weeks leading up to the prize to see each of the 10 short-listed Canadian albums highlighted. Make sure to view the awards on September 21, 2015. In an age where rap seems like nothing …

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Polaris Prep 2015: Viet Cong

Editor’s note: This is part of an ongoing series in preparation for the 2015 Polaris Music Prize. Visit CanCulture in the weeks leading up to the prize to see each of the 10 short-listed Canadian albums highlighted. Make sure to view the awards on September 21, 2015. Viet Cong, the self-titled debut album from the …

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Creating the rap persona: Keffaleng

The Toronto hip-hop scene has seen a reemergence in recent years with artists like Jazz Cartier; OVO affiliates Devontée, Majid Jordan, and Jimmy Johnson; and XO affiliate Derek Wise among the next group of young rap superstars fit for their run at celebrity. The success of Drake had never before been seen in Toronto. Working …

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