Published Oct 11, 2013The Polaris Music Prize already comes with a $30,000 cheque for winners, but the annual award is about to get a whole lot sweeter for two past nominees thanks to the newly announced Scion Sessions-supported Banff-Polaris Residency.
This program will bring together two shortlisted nominees from past instalments of Polaris. The two acts will spend 21 days at the Banff Centre in the Rocky Mountains in Alberta. In that time, they will collaborate, write and record new music while logging time in the studio and linking up with other resident artists. The residency includes accommodation, meals, equipment, recording facilities, producers, travel expenses and a film shoot.
The artists involved will be jointly selected by Polaris and the Banff Centre, with the lucky being participants announced in mid-December. The residency will take place sometime in 2014. At the end of it all, the Scion Sessions will press the results of the collaboration on a split single. This will arrive in a run of 500 7-inches.
Polaris founder Steve Jordan said in a statement, "We have long dreamt of providing an artist-friendly environment where shortlist alumni would have an opportunity to cross pollinate and create something altogether new. Given their history with hosting and nurturing creative pioneers, partnering with the Banff on this project makes perfect sense. It also makes perfect sense that Scion Sessions, our presenting sponsor and strong supporters of independent music, help to make the results permanent by releasing a split 7-inch of this collaboration."
Peruse the lists of past nominees over at the Polaris Music Prize's website to see who might be involved in this project.