Published Aug 15, 2016There are plenty of ways that this year's Polaris Music Prize could shock you. For example, perhaps the winner will be someone unexpected. Or perhaps you'll receive a mild electrical shock from a wristband that zaps you if you talk during the gala.
That's right — the Polaris Music Prize has developed a new electronic wristband that will zap concertgoers if they talk during the performances at the gala.
As pointed out by White Lung guitarist Kenneth William, a blog post on the Polaris website suggests plans to zap people who wish to speak during the nominees' performances. The post reads:
Additionally, attendees will be outfitted with a cutting edge new RFID wristband developed specifically for Polaris that shocks people with a mild electrical charge when they talk during performances.
So there you have it — if you're attending the Polaris gala, make sure you keep your trap shut. Otherwise you run the risk of getting zapped by one of these things.
The Polaris Music Prize gala takes place on September 19 at Toronto's The Carlu. You can see the shortlist of nominees over here.
We've reached out to the Polaris Music Prize for more information on the electric wristbands.
UPDATE (08/15, 12 p.m. EDT): In an email to Exclaim!, Polaris founder Steve Jordan confirmed that the wristbands referenced in the press release are not actually real. Apparently, they've got other plans:
@exclaimdotca Trials on test subjects have proved ineffective. We're now considering moving to cattle prods.— Polaris Music Prize (@PolarisPrize) August 15, 2016