Published Jun 18, 2011Between Toronto's NXNE and Vancouver's Stanley Cup finals, it's been a busy week in Canada, for sure. But if you feel you missed anything, fear not, as our news roundup is here to get you up to speed.
First up, the biggest news of the week was undoubtedly the Polaris Music Prize long list. The top 40 Canadian albums according to the award's jury were announced this week, including such records as Arcade Fire's The Suburbs, Destroyer's Kaputt, Miracle Fortress's Was I the Wave? and Women's Public Strain. Of course, with the announcement has come some debate, something that guaranteed to heat up as we wait for the winner to be announced on September 19.
Also on the Canadian front, the Stanley Cup finals finally ended with, of course, a riot. In the aftermath, more than a few musicians responded to the chaos and destruction, including such artists as A.C. Newman, the Black Lips and Braids.
In other news, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon spoke to us about his new album, NOFX revealed they are releasing a lost EP and their hardcore covers seven-inch, and Chuck Ragan dished on his new solo album and new Hot Water Music material.
Also, we found out Lou Reed is collaborating with, um, Metallica, while Frank Ocean revealed he's working with Kanye West and Jay-Z.
And to cap it all off, is Apple really planning on stopping music fans from filming concerts on iPhones?