Countdown to Polaris – Weaves

Photo Credit: Janine Wong

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

Week ten: Weaves – Weaves

Combining high-octane guitar riffs with a sense of play, the quirky, wild and sweet Weaves borders on a full on a punk sound; without leaning into power-pop territory.  From the opening chords of “Tick” (which sounds like it could have found a good home on the soundtrack in a movie about video games), the listener knows they’re in for something completely different.  As a band, they are aggressive, but also tight; as singer Jasmyn Burke delivers unpredictable vocals are completely in sync and compliment the instrumentation provided by guitarist Morgan Waters, bassist Zach Bines, and drummer Spencer Cole.

After venturing to Austin, TX, shortly before the release of Weaves to bring their wild and over the top stage show to the SXSW crowd, the band walked away with the world’s music press impressed and in awe of what they witnessed.

Will the Polaris Music Prize jury feel the same as critics and award Weaves the 2017 prize?  Find out tonight, as the announcement is carried live TONIGHT on http://www.cbcmusic.ca/polarisprize!

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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