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With the Polaris Music Prize 2011 gala fast approaching, everyone is talking about what records they think should win, which records they think were unfairly left off the list, and which records don't deserve it at all. No other music prize in the country seems to create this much discussion, and that suits Steve Jordan, Founder and Executive Director of the Polaris Prize, fine.

A former radio DJ and record executive, Steve started the Polaris Prize in 2006. Since then, the Polaris has increased in stature every year, developing a reputation for daring and surprising winners, and infuriating a lot of people along the way.

Steve and I are headed to Chew Chew's Diner in Toronto's historic Cabbagetown neightbourhood, where I'm hoping to get his take on all the craziness surrounding the prize every year. 

I know a lot of blog listeners have been vocal about their opinions of how the Polaris operates, so maybe today I'll have some answers for you!

What are YOU having for breakfast?

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RADIOGRAHAM: The Breakfast Club with Steve Jordan of the Polaris Music Prize

With the Polaris Music Prize 2011 gala fast approaching, everyone is talking about what records they…

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MikeV
#1 posted by
MikeV
on Aug 25, 2011

Good Morning Breakfast Fans! 

I can't wait to hear some Polaris dirt! 

Breakfast today will be my usual yogurt, toast, and coffee. 

StephRamsahai
#2 posted by
StephRamsahai
on Aug 25, 2011

Morning! 

I haven't left for work yet but I am shortly! Just wanted to say that I'm pretty excited for this show! Polaris dirt! Wooo! Hehe!

Breakfast today will be granola and coffee, I think....

 

K, be back soon!

TheIceman
#3 posted by
TheIceman
on Aug 25, 2011

Good Morning folks. The usual Oatmeal with fruit, and egg.

TheIceman
#4 posted by
TheIceman
on Aug 25, 2011

Lyrics in Gore Vale.

taggy666
#5 posted by
taggy666
on Aug 25, 2011

hey! this should be a very interesting Breakfast Club! I'll be listening (while catching up on the backed-up work from my sick days...oh cruel fate!)

breakfast? where we are going we don't need breakfast...

taggy666
#6 posted by
taggy666
on Aug 25, 2011

OVERLOAD!! :O

tb3
#7 posted by
tb3
on Aug 25, 2011

Steve Jordan is one of my favourite people in the whole wide world.

What he has done for Canadian music makers with the Polaris Music Prize is nothing short of awesome. What he has done for fans of Canadian music is also that fantastic.

Every September since the Prize has been in play, there has been an amazing engaged, and equally passionate conversation about the music we love all thanks to Steve and his Polaris vision.

While the award a single winner every year, the real winner is the music itself, and the fans who love it so. 

TheIceman
#8 posted by
TheIceman
on Aug 25, 2011

I thought I was one of your favourite people in the whole wide world. :(

tb3
#9 posted by
tb3
on Aug 25, 2011

You are.

TheIceman
#10 posted by
TheIceman
on Aug 25, 2011

Right back at you Slim!

TheIceman
#11 posted by
TheIceman
on Aug 25, 2011

For anyone in the Toronto, Mississauga surrounding area: Basia Bulat is playing a free show at the Mississauga City Centre (Celebration Square) this Friday. The opener Sean Pinchin starts at 7:30 PM, Basia should be on at 8:30. It would be nice to see a good turnout for her show. 

jessbecuzz
#12 posted by
jessbecuzz
on Aug 25, 2011

captain crunch cereal.  good morningggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg cbcr3

Benoit from Ottawa
#13 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Aug 25, 2011

Article containing pictures of Gaddafi's looted palace. Messy, not for everyone perhaps; informative.

jessbecuzz
#14 posted by
jessbecuzz
on Aug 25, 2011

morning benoit!

taggy666
#15 posted by
taggy666
on Aug 25, 2011

excellent! the sugar rush of cereals! yay!

Benoit from Ottawa
#16 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Aug 25, 2011

Moi, coffee only for starters (after orange juice). Eggs and cantaloupe to follow. Or, conceivably, cantaloupe and eggs.

I try hard for variety.

Um, you call Cap'n Crunch a cereal??? Isn't it morning candy?

;)

jessbecuzz
#17 posted by
jessbecuzz
on Aug 25, 2011

@taggy666 & benoit - considering the 4.5 we had at 1:07am this morning, i couldnt quite get back to sleep after that.  Plus with the hurricane heading in my direction i still got work and we got to do hurricane prep there ontop of my actual house needing hurricane prep

Benoit from Ottawa
#18 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Aug 25, 2011

Lockheed Martin Introduces the Giant Flying Butt of the Future

(Couldn't resist the headline, but the pictures are interesting.)

Shonica
#19 posted by
Shonica
on Aug 25, 2011

Good morning all.

I am listening earlier than I usually do today to hear the Steve Jordon interview.

Today and pretty much everyday coffee first while reading the newspaper, then 12 grain toast, yogourt and fruit. 

Benoit from Ottawa
#20 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Aug 25, 2011

Probably just an aftershock. That said, it sure gets your attention, huh?

I, me, didn't feel yesterday's bigger shock; after checking the time, I found I would have been driving. That would cover (or camouflage, or damp) any noise and vibrations. Totally unaware.

All the best for the upcoming hurricane -- may it veer Northward and hit New York! (Hey, I'm really dispelling fate by talking about it!)

taggy666
#21 posted by
taggy666
on Aug 25, 2011

how I love thee

Benoit from Ottawa
#22 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Aug 25, 2011

I also like lots. I don't at all mind the way her voice reams the auditory nerves.

jessbecuzz
#23 posted by
jessbecuzz
on Aug 25, 2011

@benoit-  right now we are experiencing winds and its like super cloudy out.  they say we will experience the weather the next couple of days.  I already told my boss i dont do hurricane weather so if on saturday its super windy dont expect me in work

taggy666
#24 posted by
taggy666
on Aug 25, 2011

I love her voice! it's something different :) i dont find it annoying at all really...even Pat Jourdache, who is quickly rising to be one of my very most favorite artists, has a singing style that could be described as "grating" or annoying, but i just see it as raw emotion coming through in their singing. same with Sunset Rubdown. I know...i like weird music.

I'm weird.

it's awesome!

MoniSki
#25 posted by
MoniSki
on Aug 25, 2011

I shouldn't be awake... but I think I'll have some oatmeal this morning. 

 

good morning guys :)

jessbecuzz
#26 posted by
jessbecuzz
on Aug 25, 2011

morning moniski!

Benoit from Ottawa
#27 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Aug 25, 2011

BRAIDS is like a piece of really good sour candy.

 

 

 

 

 

What I like is that, unlike club music, BRAIDS' electronic sounds are controlled live by 3 or 4 people (sometimes only 2); for that reason, their sound envelope avoids too much repetition and, most importantly, contains that hands-on artistry which makes all the difference between interesting musicality and boring, machine-made sounds.

StephRamsahai
#28 posted by
StephRamsahai
on Aug 25, 2011

What I don't like is that when I imported their album into iTunes it called them "The Braids". Sounds so dumb. Haha!

Shonica
#29 posted by
Shonica
on Aug 25, 2011

Question for Steve Jordan, Will the Polaris Gala ever be held in a different city?

Benoit from Ottawa
#30 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Aug 25, 2011

Heh.

Seriously, poor Steve Jobs' probably not with us for very long. The guy who helped make Apple what it is not once, but twice (2nd time around 1992). (You've heard of course that he's just stepped dowen as CEO.)

taggy666
#31 posted by
taggy666
on Aug 25, 2011

I don't trust "i" anything :P

rdickie
#32 posted by
rdickie
on Aug 25, 2011

Oatmeal. Thick enough to stop a bullet.

Benoit from Ottawa
#33 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Aug 25, 2011

There's another city but Toronto?

jessbecuzz
#34 posted by
jessbecuzz
on Aug 25, 2011

i may end up making oatmeal

StephRamsahai
#35 posted by
StephRamsahai
on Aug 25, 2011

Yeah, it's very sad. :( He's an incredible man! He's so nice and even though he could easily be that "scary" business man, and do things just to get rich, but he doesn't and it's wonderful.

MoniSki
#36 posted by
MoniSki
on Aug 25, 2011

I have to use up stuff in my pantry before I move.... instant oatmeal seems to be the easiest thing to make in their right now. I no longer have a can opener... so I can't eat anything else! 

Shonica
#37 posted by
Shonica
on Aug 25, 2011

Ok who would pay $103.50 to see Justin Bieber's girlfriend? Just announced Selena Gomez is playing at MTS Centre Oct 21. 

jessbecuzz
#38 posted by
jessbecuzz
on Aug 25, 2011

anyone else think mother nature is out to get me?  i swear this year has been my unlucky year with it

jessbecuzz
#39 posted by
jessbecuzz
on Aug 25, 2011

@shonica- ewwwwwww.  the last band i paid that much to see live was the Who.  and they were worth it

StephRamsahai
#40 posted by
StephRamsahai
on Aug 25, 2011

I'M IN!

TheIceman
#41 posted by
TheIceman
on Aug 25, 2011

You just want to get up close and personal with the Beib!

StephRamsahai
#42 posted by
StephRamsahai
on Aug 25, 2011

You think he's gonna be there?!?!? Omg omg omg omg omgo mogomgomg!

marie_curious
#43 posted by
marie_curious
on Aug 25, 2011

the rich parents of rich preteens.

StephRamsahai
#44 posted by
StephRamsahai
on Aug 25, 2011

Are gonna do really well, I think. :) 

Benoit from Ottawa
#45 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Aug 25, 2011

I was about to comment, a while back, on how generally yogurt-and-fruity people around here are. Fresh and fruity.

 

Jess, 38, no, it's just out to scare the bejeezus outta you. Nature has no trouble killing when it "wants" to...

What you say is true though (about you, this year). I've been keeping an eye on Virginia via weather maps and such ever since your first brush with a tornado, this year, and so I'm aware of the many, many strong storms that have bedevilled Virgina and neighboring States (and that you mentioned above).

taggy666
#46 posted by
taggy666
on Aug 25, 2011

this comment amused me

Benoit from Ottawa
#47 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Aug 25, 2011
TheIceman
#48 posted by
TheIceman
on Aug 25, 2011

Ur cracking me up!

Shonica
#49 posted by
Shonica
on Aug 25, 2011

It has been a strange weather year here too. First the flooding of so much property in the spring and then no rain at all this summer. It has been the hottest August in something like five decades.

jessbecuzz
#50 posted by
jessbecuzz
on Aug 25, 2011

@shonica- my first night as a manager we had a tornado outside my job.  was super scary.  then the second night we had another one, almost got hit with lightenin.  My classroom was deemed unsafe today in an inspection due to the damage from the earthquake.  =/  The guy said it would cost over 10,000 to fix all the damage.  FML

TheIceman
#51 posted by
TheIceman
on Aug 25, 2011

Wil we see a Graham appearance today?

Shonica
#52 posted by
Shonica
on Aug 25, 2011

@jessbecuzz -Wow stay safe down there.

StephRamsahai
#53 posted by
StephRamsahai
on Aug 25, 2011

I just found out about an amazing festival happening in my hometown, Kitchener, ON, on Sept. 17th (my birthday)!! I already have London plans (which is killing me right now) but if you're in the area you should check it out!!!!

http://koimusicfestival.com/schedule.php

THE PLANET SMASHERS WILL BE THERE! OMG!

TheIceman
#54 posted by
TheIceman
on Aug 25, 2011

Q. Has a purely instrumental album ever won the Polaris?

jessbecuzz
#55 posted by
jessbecuzz
on Aug 25, 2011

i cant wait for sept 10th!!  im going to the Virgin Mobile Free Fest

taggy666
#56 posted by
taggy666
on Aug 25, 2011

hands down some of the most interesting, out of the box and just plain weird music I have ever listened to (if you like him, check out Jay Crocker. he is pretty awesome, and amazing live). I'm not sure if I actually like his music yet, as i have only given the album a few listens. it's not something you can just put on anytime and jam to, that is for sure. but it has a certain depth...and I keep wanting to listen to it more to see if I can kinda dig down and decode what the music is saying

taggy666
#57 posted by
taggy666
on Aug 25, 2011

no concerts for me until Halifax POP Explosion in October (we are too busy/poor with the wedding creeping up). I am deff seeing the RAA, Braids, Timber Timbre and Meligrove band. excited!! :D

MikeV
#58 posted by
MikeV
on Aug 25, 2011

I agree! It's music that makes you stop in your tracks and forces you to dig deeper into it. 

marie_curious
#59 posted by
marie_curious
on Aug 25, 2011

I've only heard a couple Colin Stetson tunes (I hesitate to call these songs). They both grate on my nerves pretty heavily. Power to those who can "dig deeper" into this stuff, you must have a really strong resolve.

Benoit from Ottawa
#60 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Aug 25, 2011

This prime American weather site shows very, very strong winds in Canada in some 3 days. From that hurricane.

jessbecuzz
#61 posted by
jessbecuzz
on Aug 25, 2011

@benoit- same here but at the moment i think the military base next to us will do more damage.  they just did a continuous bombing that lasted 15 minutes, i lost 5 frames =(  Time for work now folks.  so ill see yall later

mandypants
#62 posted by
mandypants
on Aug 25, 2011

It's funny,  I have never really liked horns, especially the saxaphone.  I never really even liked Jazz either but I love that song :) I'm kinda hoping he wins.  Something different.

Benoit from Ottawa
#63 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Aug 25, 2011

Blame the gays

Well, one thing is clear, and it isn't the one claimed.

Benoit from Ottawa
#64 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on Aug 25, 2011

"they just did a continuous bombing that lasted 15 minutes, i lost 5 frames" Jess in 61

Holy moly, considerations this non-military Canadian who doesn't live near a base (where they don't do 15 minute bombings anyway) had no idea about and finds disconcerting.

Shonica
#65 posted by
Shonica
on Aug 25, 2011

This might make you smile.

Muppets: Green Album - 12 classic songs made famous by Kermit, Miss Piggy and the muppets covered by Ok Go, Weezer, Andrew Bird, My Morning Jacket and others.

http://www.npr.org/2011/08/24/139882043/the-muppets-still-pulling-strings-in-the-music-world

kathyjean
#66 posted by
kathyjean
on Aug 25, 2011

I rarely get to comment on this show, as I'm usually getting ready for work but I'm just about to leave in a few minutes!

I will be on the LCHI with Craig at 8, and will be there to comment, but I might be a few mins late! <3

kathyjean
#67 posted by
kathyjean
on Aug 25, 2011

But soon, in like 20 mins... whatever time that is in your part of the country! :)

kathyjean
#68 posted by
kathyjean
on Aug 25, 2011

Been missing hearing you lately!

Shonica
#69 posted by
Shonica
on Aug 25, 2011
taggy666
#70 posted by
taggy666
on Aug 25, 2011

great show!

Crissi Cochrane
#71 posted by
Crissi Cochrane
on Aug 25, 2011

I had homemade bread for breakfast! :)

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