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jeudi 16 septembre 2010

Karkwa Hope They're Not Considered the Polaris Music Prize Dark Horse

For the first time in its five-year history, the Polaris Music Prize has included two francophone bands in its Short List nominations: Montreal indie rockers Karkwa and Acadian hip-hop trio Radio Radio. But instead of elbowing each other to the front of the pack, the two bands have a camaraderie, as well as a secret agreement.

"We have a deal," Karkwa lead singer Louis-Jean Cormier tells Spinner. "If we win, we give $5,000 to Radio Radio, but if they win, they give us $5,000, and then we give some to the jury."

The two bands, who occasionally share drummer Stéphane Bergeron onstage, swear that no other deals were struck between them and the other nominees. "No, and no drug deals," promises Cormier.

Besides the pact, Karkwa admits the nomination itself was "a great surprise and an honour," and if awarded the $20,000 cheque, they will "buy a new van, do something practical and throw a big party with Radio Radio, which will probably happen either way."

Aware of the differences in language, the band is pleasantly surprised to see the two inclusions this year, and explain their perspective of the jury's minds.

"It's a matter of the album and it has nothing to do about the language, style, career, and especially not sales," says Bergeron. "I hope we're not considered the dark horse of the list."

"I think that the Polaris jury can erase language barriers and let the best record win because it's all about the music."

According to keyboardist François Lafontaine, the web and new media have sparked "a lot of curious people" when it comes to the francophone music scene, but he says it's not really as big a deal as people make it out to be. "We don't do the same music as Janet Jackson or Madonna. We're a specific thing, but I think that there are music lovers everywhere in the world and open-minded people -- Polaris reflects this really well."

After the gala, Karkwa has their sights set on a proper tour for their record 'Les Chemins De Verre' and adapting to new parenting roles. "Stéphane is going to be a father soon and François just had a baby two months ago," Cormier says. "Life is changing, I think we have to be adults now, but we're going to keep on rocking and keep on touring."

The winner for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize will be announced on Monday (Sept 20).

Posted on Sep 16th 2010 3:00PM by Melody Lau, Spinner

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"[Karkwa] qu'on en dise" le cap des 40 000 visiteurs a été dépassé le 21 juin 2011 alors que Karkwa performer à Paris pour le cinquantième anniversaire de la délégation générale du Québec à Paris.

Je remercie tous ceux qui ont trouvé,
depuis avril 2008, intérêt à visiter ces pages dédiées à mes amis de Karkwa et aux musicien(ne)s et musiques qui leur sont proches.

Rendez-vous est pris pour le 50000 éme visiteur ! :-)

Avertissement: Ce blog à pour but de regrouper et archiver les articles parus sur le net à propos de Karkwa. Il est fait par amitié pour les membres du groupe et leur entourage. Les liens vers les sites et articles d'origine sont faits, les auteurs sont cités lorsque possible. Si quiconque se sentait lésé dans ses droits, il n'aurait qu'a me contacter pour que je puisse remédier à la situation.