The Polaris Music Prize has tapped past nominees, Weaves, to pay tribute to past winners, Arcade Fire, for the first SiriusXM Polaris Cover Session for 2018.
Commissioned by Polaris, Weaves’ eccentric, in-studio performance cover of “Neighbourhood #3 (Power’s Out)” is the 10th song recorded as part of the SiriusXM Polaris Cover Session series, which has included sessions with Zaki Ibrahim (performing Leonard Cohen’s “Show Me The Place”), Arkells (performing Owen Pallett’s “I Am Not Afraid”) and Sarah Harmer (performing Caribou’s “Odessa”).
Weaves’ performance of “Neighbourhood #3 (Power’s Out)” becomes the first in the series to feature a song from an album to receive the Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize designation; which Arcade Fire’s Funeral received in 2016. Video of the performance, as well as video of all past SiriusXM Polaris Cover Sessions, can be found on the Polaris YouTube and Soundcloud channels.
Weaves will perform their cover during select dates on their upcoming tours. Be sure to catch the 2017 Polaris Music Prize nominees in the following cities:
05/08 Lethbridge, AB, Geomatic Attic
05/12 Sudbury, ON, Grace Hall
05/15 Quebec City, QC, L’Anti
05/16 Fredericton, NB, Capital Complex
05/17 Halifax, NS, Seahorse Tavern
05/18 Sackville, NB, Thunder & Lightning
06/03 Pinconning, MI, Riverscene Music Festival
06/08 Brooklyn, NY, Northside @ Knitting Factory
06/27 Toronto, ON, TD Jazz Fest @ The Phoenix
07/20 Yellowknife, NWT, Folk on the Rocks Festival
09/07 Elizabethtown, NY, Otis Mountain Get Down
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.