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2017 Polaris Music Prize Short List Revealed KAYTRANADA ACCEPTING THE 2016 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE The Polaris Music Prize has released its 2017 Short List of 10 Canadian albums. Of these 10 records, one will be named the best Canadian album of year at a gala on Sept. 18 th in Toronto and the winning artist will receive $50,000. The 2017 Polaris Music Prize Short List albums are: A Tribe Called Red’s We Are The Halluci Nation; BADBADNOTGOOD’s IV; Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker; Gord Downie’s Secret Path; Feist’s Pleasure; Lisa LeB- lanc’s Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?; Lido Pimienta’s La Papessa; Tanya Tagaq’s Retribution; Leif Vollebekk’s Twin Solitude; and Weaves’ self-titled album. For more information, go to www.polarismusicprize.ca. James Barker Band, Dean Brody & Brett Kissel Lead CCMA Award Nominees THE award goes to... The Canadian Coun- DEAN BRODY PERFORMING AT THE 2016 CCMA AWARDS try Music Association (CCMA) has announced the final nominees and performers for the 2017 CCMA Awards Show, which will be held in Saskatoon, SK, on Sept. 10 th . There are 34 award categories, eight of which will be presented during the awards show that will be aired on CBC TV. First-time nominees the James Barker Band, along with Dean Brody and Brett Kissel, lead the pack with five nods apiece. Among the performers at the televised awards show will be Gord Bamford with Jim Cuddy, Dallas Smith, James Barker Band, international guest Blake Shelton, as well as Dean Brody, Brett Kissel, Meghan Patrick, and Jess Moskaluke. For more information, including a complete list of nominees, go to www.ccma.org. Streaming Playlist Survey Canadian Musician surveyed musicians across Canada to ask about their use of streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, and others as both artists and consumers. Here are some findings, with the full results available at www.canadianmusician.com/blog. 57% Speaking Out of respondents currently have their own music on streaming servic es… Of those: 80% are on Spotify 73% are on Soundcloud 67% are on Apple Music 47% are on CBC Music Only 16% say their music has been included on a streaming playlist As fans, 69% regularly stream music 20% say they’ve become a fan of an artist discovered on a playlist many times, while 50% say a few times A large majority, 90%, say they’re very or somewhat likely to dig deeper into the catalog of an artist they discovered on a playlist Do you think the proliferation and growing importance of streaming playlists is a positive or negative trend for artists? 23% Very positive 38% somewhat positive 21% unsure 8% somewhat negative 10% very negative W W W. C A N A D I A N M U S I C I A N . CO M As a music fan, what's currently your primary method or medium for music discovery and why do you like it? "Call me old fashioned, but I still listen to the radio. Because playlists have gotten tighter and tighter, I find myself listening to smaller market stations in various parts of the country to get more variety. I use the Tune In app on my phone, or stream from their websites when I am at home. I also listen to the CBC Music web streaming service frequently.” "Bloggers and music mags because they show support to artists based on their art rather than the level of popularity." "Streaming is a great idea for music discovery and also for music listening, but for the music creators, [royalties] should be much more generous or the industry will die.” “Online radio stations dedicated to my favourite genres of music. They have no corporate or commer- cial restraints and regularly play artists whose work may be less mainstream but highly worthy of listening.” C A N A D I A N M U S I C I A N • 17