PUP, TANYA TAGAQ, DANIEL CAESAR AND SAFIA NOLIN
TO PLAY LONDON’S TRAFALGAR SQUARE ON JULY 1
TORONTO, ON – Friday, May 12, 2017
The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music and produced by Blue Ant Media, is going to London, England.
More specifically, 2014 Polaris Prize winner Tanya Tagaq, 2016 Short Listers PUP and 2016 Long List nominees Daniel Caesar and Safia Nolin will be going to London to perform at historic Trafalgar Square on Saturday, July 1 as part of a special Canada Day celebration in partnership with the High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom.
The live performances will cap off a day of activities, food and fun in the very heart of the U.K.’s capital. It is open to the public and free.
“We were honoured to be asked to curate the musical performances for Canada Day in Trafalgar Square this year. Though this lineup is only a partial representation of the vastness of music brilliance represented by our history of nominees, we hope it successfully projects four very different but vital versions of the Canadian sound,” commented Steve Jordan, Polaris Founder and Executive Director.
High Commissioner Janice Charette said: “We are thrilled to be working with Polaris to bring music that celebrates the creativity and diversity of Canada’s music scene today. We look forward to giving the Polaris artists a warm welcome here in London on this very special Canada Day.”
More about the acts playing Trafalgar Square:
The opportunity to see Toronto punk rock band PUP live is not something to be missed. As documented on the 2016 Polaris Short List-nominated album The Dream Is Over, due to health issues in the band their musical journey could end at any moment. Considering PUP also made the 2014 Polaris Long List with their self-titled debut album, even if they burn out there’s little chance of their musical legacy fading away.
Hailing from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut in Canada’s far north, Tanya Tagaq’s avant-garde reimagining of traditional Inuit throat singing is spellbinding. A past Polaris Music Prize winner in 2014 for her album Animism, Tagaq has collaborated with the likes of Björk, Kronos Quartet and Mike Patton.
A standard-bearer for the post-Drake, post-Weeknd Toronto music scene, Daniel Caesar has wooed both contemporary and classic R&B/soul fans alike with his signature single “Get You.” Caesar’s Pilgrim’s Paradise album made the Polaris Long List in 2016.
A funny thing happened when Quebec City-born outsider folk singer Safia Nolin released her debut album, Limoilou. It turns out there were a lot of people who identified with Nolin’s intensely personal songs, earning her a SOCAN Songwriting Prize for the song “Igloo” and a 2016 Polaris Long List nomination.
About the Polaris Music Prize
The Polaris Music Prize is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours and rewards artists who produce Canadian music albums of distinction. A select panel of music critics judge and award the Prize without regard to musical genre or commercial popularity. polarismusicprize.ca
About CBC Music.ca
CBC Music is Canada’s free digital music service connecting Canadians with the very best in Canadian and international music. Simple and easy to navigate, CBC Music gives music fans access to over 60 web radio stations, available on your smartphone or tablet, plus content from the most knowledgeable music personalities and programmers from across the country. CBCMusic.ca
About Blue Ant Media
Blue Ant Media is a privately held, international media company that creates and distributes content worldwide across streaming video, linear television, digital, magazines and live events. Global brands include Love Nature, an international linear and SVOD offering with the world’s largest library of 4K wildlife and nature content; and Makeful and Arcade Cloud by Omnia Media, a leading digital video network focused on gaming and maker lifestyles. The company’s broadcasting business offers a robust portfolio of Canadian and New Zealand-based media brands. Content distribution, lead by Blue Ant International, offers a catalogue of 2,200+ hours of premium, unscripted content worldwide, which includes the largest 4K natural history library on the market. Blue Ant Media is headquartered in Toronto (Canada), with offices located in Los Angeles (US), London (UK) and Auckland (NZ). Blueantmedia.ca