OMDC Newsletter
September 2014

Congratulations to the Ontario artists on the 2014 Polaris Short List. Click here.

The 10 albums on the 2014 Polaris Music Prize Short List include these seven Ontario artists:
Jay Baruchel announces the 2014 Short List at The Carlu. Photo by Dustin Rabin.   Basia Bulat — Tall Tall Shadow
Drake — Nothing Was The Same   Jessy Lanza — Pull My Hair Back
Owen Pallett — In Conflict   Shad — Flying Colours
Timber Timbre — Hot Dreams   YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN — UZU

The shortlist also includes:
Arcade Fire — Reflektor,
Tanya Tagaq — Animism,
Mac DeMarco — Salad Days

The 2014 winner will be determined by an 11-member Grand Jury during the Polaris Gala at The Carlu in Toronto on September 22. The Grand Jury will be selected from the larger pool of nearly 190 music journalists, broadcasters and music bloggers from across Canada who make up the Polaris jury.

It was also announced that actor/writer/comedian Jay Baruchel will host the 2014 Polaris Gala. Ticket information for the Polaris Gala will be announced in the coming weeks.

The eligibility period for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize runs from June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014. The Polaris Music Prize awards $30,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year, judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration of genre or record sales. Last year’s winner was Godspeed You! Black Emperor for Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! Past winners include Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy (2006).

Industry Deadlines and Events

CRTC’s public hearing for Let’s Talk TV: A Conversation with Canadians will begin on September 8 and continue to September 19, 2014. Details about the public hearing and the agenda can be accessed here

Upcoming Awards, Festivals and Markets

Sept 3-6 Producers Lab Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
Sept 4-14 2014 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Toronto, Ontario
Sept 7-8 International Finance Forum (IFF), Toronto, Ontario
Sept 8 CRTC Phase 3 – “Let’s Talk TV” Public Hearing, Gatineau, Quebec
Sept 9 Asian Film Summit, Toronto Ontario
Sept 10-14 Ottawa Folk Festival, Hog’s Back Park, Ottawa, Ontario
Sept 11-14 Strategic Partners – Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sept 13-21 Cinefest – Sudbury International Film Festival, Sudbury Ontario
Sept 14 TIFF Closing Night, Toronto, Ontario
Sept 16 Scotiabank Giller Longlist Announcement, Toronto Ontario
Sept 17-20 CIMA at 2014 Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg, Germany
Sept 17-21 Ottawa International Animation Festival, Ottawa, Ontario
Sept 20-23 Giant Screen Cinema Association International Conference & Trade Show, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Sept 21 Word on the Street – 25th Anniversary, Queen’s Park Circle, Toronto, Ontario
Sept 21-23 Nordisk Forum for Co-financing of Documentaries, Malmö, Sweden
Sept 22 Polaris Music Prize Gala, The Carlu, Toronto, Ontario
Sept 25-30 Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver, B.C.
Oct. 5-8 2014 Asian Film Market, Pusan, South Korea
Oct. 6 Scotiabank Giller Shortlist Announcement, Toronto, Ontario
Oct. 7-10 Power to Pixel: Cross Media Forum, London, England
Oct. 8-19 58th BFI London Film Festival, London, England
Oct. 8-9 The Pixel Market, London, England
Oct. 8-12 Frankfurt Book Fair, Frankfurt, Germany
Oct. 11-12 2014 MIP Jr, Cannes, France
Oct. 13-16 MIPCOM 2014, Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France
Oct 16-19 28th Annual Folk Music Ontario Conference, Westin Bristol Place, Toronto, Ontario
Oct. 22-Oct. 26 The 15th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Toronto, Ontario.
Oct. 23-Nov. 2 International Festival of Authors – 35th Anniversary, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Oct. 25 Directors Guild of Canada Awards Gala, Toronto, Ontario
Oct. 26-30 International Visitors Program - during IFOA, Toronto, Ontario

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