Countdown to Polaris – A Tribe Called Red

Photo Credit: B Hartling

The 2017 Polaris Music Prize shortlist has been announced. To celebrate, let’s here’s a weekly look back at the nominees.

Week one: A Tribe Called Red – We Are The Halluci Nation

A Tribe Called Red is no stranger to Polaris.  Their unique blend of powwow music and electronic dance landed their 2012 self titled debut album on the long list; and in 2013, the Ottawa-based trio’s second album Nation II Nation received shortlist attention from critics.

As concept album, We Are The Halluci Nation, gives voice to current Indigenous issues from all over the world and right here at home.  In addition to the spoken contributions of author Joseph Boyden and the late poet, John Trudell, guests on the album include fellow 2017 Polaris nominees Tanya Tagaq and Lido Pimienta, as well as Yasiin Bey (AKA Mos Def), Saul Williams and Australia’s OKA.

The result is a soundscape of beats, drum and singing that cut straight to the soul of the listener.  As much as it makes you dance, it makes you think and once it’s stuck in your head, it’s hard to get it out.

Will this be the year A Tribe Called Red takes home Polaris glory? Find out on September 18, when the winner is announced in Toronto!

Born and raised with thoughts and aspirations of becoming a famous bassist in Sarnia, ON; Emily Plunkett now lives in Gatineau, QC, and considers National Capital Region home sweet home. A product of the Beatles, MuchMusic and the Southwestern Ontario summer festival circuit (circa 2000), her interest and love in concert photography came almost completely by accident when her journalism program at Algonquin College required courses in photojournalism (and she quickly realized that photos taken at concerts using a DSLR are enormously better than ones she was taking on a point-and-shoot she bought for a trip to England). She is extremely proud of the fact she has seen Sloan in some form or another 25 times.

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