If you’re a Canadian music wonk, your attention this week was likely monopolized by the Polaris Music Prize.
That’s the nature of the award. As much as a $30,000 art prize, it’s a conversation (or more accurately, argument) starter (even if that's not by design), but after a noticeably glitzier gala in its new home at Toronto’s Carlu, the night ended in anti-climax with a win by Montreal post-rockers Godspeed You! Black Emperor, who were conspicuously absent. [READ MORE]
…and then the shit hit the fan. The morning after winning the prize, Godspeed! released a statement accepting the award with one hand, decrying it as “lazy money patting itself on the back” with the other, and redistributing it to Quebec prisons’ music programmes with the other (they’re a sprawling collective; they can have three hands). [READ MORE]
If you weren’t paying attention to Polaris, there was another major event in Canadian music. Toronto’s love/hate relationship with Drake resurfaced with the official release of the local colour (and spelling) heavy Nothing Was The Same, which revealed Drake’s own self-sabotaging love/hate relationship with hip-hop. [READ MORE]
If all Drake cares about is money and the city that he’s from, he should hope his new record sells a shitload of copies. This week, the annual Forbes list of highest paid rappers came out and Drake falls a full ten spots lower than top-earner Diddy. But now that he has Ma$e on his side, who knows?
Kanye West's “rap feud” with Jimmy Kimmel may or may not be a hoax a la “Worst Twerk Fail EVER” but it least it gifted Twitter with #NODISRESPECTTOBENAFFLECK and #ALLDISRESPECTTOJIMMYKIMMEL, which should keep everyone busy until the next Bieber thing.
And excellent news for Danny Brown's frustrated northerly fans. After getting turned away at the Canadian border time and time again for old drug charges, the Old rapper finally appeared to throw in the towel earlier this month, ending a dejected Twitter stream with defeat:
I know I'm not trying again .. It's a wrap on Canada bruh bruh
— Danny Brown (@XDannyXBrownX) September 10, 2013
But according to Toronto promoters Embrace, he’s apparently had a change of heart. “IT'S OFFICIAL!” they wrote on their Facebook page. “Danny Brown will be performing live on Tuesday, October 1 at the Danforth Music Hall.” Call me a skeptic, but I won’t believe it until I see some irrefutable, Ghostface-style proof: