Tuesday, July 7, 2009

It's here!

And the short list for the 2009 Polaris Prize has arrived! I've added the album covers for my top picks.

The 10 nominees are, in alphabetical order:

Elliott BROOD – Mountain Meadows
(Toronto, ON)

Fucked Up – The Chemistry Of Common Life
(Toronto, ON)

Great Lake Swimmers – Lost Channels
(Toronto, ON)

Hey Rosetta! – Into Your Lungs (and around in your heart and on through your blood)
(St. John’s, NF)

K’NAAN – Troubadour
(Toronto, ON)

Malajube – Labyrinthes
(Montréal, QC)

Metric – Fantasies
(Toronto, ON)

Joel Plaskett – Three
(Halifax, NS)

Chad VanGaalen – Soft Airplane
(Calgary, AB)

Patrick Watson – Wooden Arms
(Montréal, QC)

I have to admit I'm a tiny but saddened that Bruce Peninsula did not make the top 10. I am very excited to check out Patrick Watson however, who has a chance at his second Polaris.

Annnd...I had almost forgotten to add this (thanks for the reminder!), but here's the wall-hanging I made for the Phd student who recently graduated from my lab. This present was not only to say congratulations, but also to say thank-you. He hired me on when I first came to join the lab and has been very supportive throughout my time working here. This wall hanging represents one of the plots he restored with alvar plants on an abandoned Southern Ontario quarry. All of the fabrics are reclaimed from abandoned items around my house. Good thing I squirrel away every little bead, ribbon, and sparkly bit that crosses my path.

A close-up of some of the flowers:

O, and a close-up of my tiny couched signature because I like the way it turned out.

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