Published May 29, 2014Back in the fall, the Polaris Music Prize announced plans to launch a residency program at the Banff Centre in Alberta's Rocky Mountains. This was intended to be a collaborative residency involving two artists, and now the inaugural participants have been announced: dance-rock instrumentalists Holy Fuck and rapper Shad.
The Banff-Polaris Residency functions as an extra award from the Polaris Music Prize, since it's only open to artists who have previously been shortlisted for the honour. Shad has been shortlisted twice (for TSOL in 2010 and for The Old Prince in 2008), while Holy Fuck have been shortlisted once (in 2008 for Holy Fuck).
Shad and Holy Fuck will join forces at the Banff Centre this summer. The residency includes access to the centre's interdisciplinary facilities, studio time with producers, a film shoot, equipment and technical support, not to mention accommodations and meals. At the end of their stay, the fruits of their collaboration will be pressed onto a 7-inch record in a pressing of 500, and a documentary about the project will be produced.
"The Banff Centre is a dream home for creative spirits of all disciplines," Polaris founder Steve Jordan said in a statement. "We have pined to facilitate a collaboration with shortlist alumni for years and are honoured that this perfect venue is partnering with us to make this dream a reality. We are hopeful that this becomes an annual tradition."
What's more, Shad and Holy Fuck will appear at a Canada Day (July 1) concert with A Tribe Called Red for the Banff Summer Arts Festival.