Incredibly excited to have my 2013 Polaris Music Prize Gala introduction for Young Galaxy be featured on enRoute, Air Canada‘s entertainment systems. You can see the entire gala including my introduction on Air Canada right now.
Can’t believe yet another year has passed! And what a great year 2013 was for music, not only in Canada but internationally as well. Coming up with a Top 10 list is never easy and though this is the list that I chose for my blog post, I’m sure I’ll change my mind a few more times before the year ends. These are my favorite ten records of the year, all genres combined!
I created a special playlist on Deezer with tracks from each record. You can listen to it here: Melsays’ Top 10 Albums of 2013
10 – Jimmy Hunt – Maladie D’amour
60s/70s sounding romantic French pop. A fantastic lyricist and great production.
9 – The Strumbellas – We Still Move On Dancefloors
The perfect combination between the folk tradition and pop. Catchy and uplifting throughout. Made me want to dance!
8 – Basia Bulat – Tall Tall Shadow
Beautifully orchestrated and touching record. Her voice still gives me chills every time I hear her sing. Profoundly moving.
7 – Sebastien Grainger – Yours To Discover
Beyond cool and original 80s inspired rock with incredibly catchy melodies.
6 – Phantogram – Voices
The perfect electro-indie pop record. These guys blow me away each release with huge tracks every time.
5 – Koriass – Rue des saules
According to me, Quebec’s finest rapper. Clever and effective MC with great underlying beats.
4 – Drake – Nothing Was The Same
One of the records I listened to most this year. Love the sincerity and variety in this record. Super strong follow up to the excellent Take Care.
3 – Young Galaxy – Ultramarine
Grateful that a band like Young Galaxy is present in the Canadian music scene. I totally fell in love with their sonic universe on this record.
2 – Shad – Flying Colors
Why Shad isn’t more popular baffles me. The wittiest, most positive and smartest rapper in Canada and one of the top rappers in the world if you ask me.
1 – Haim – Days Are Gone
The most beautiful pop record that came out this year. These girls can’t be stopped. Catchy tracks, vocal melodies and killer music all along.
Honorable mentions also go to: Jordan Klassen, Katy Perry, Klô Pelgag, Les Soeurs Boulay, Justin Timberlake, Autre Ne Veut, Tegan and Sara and Chvrches.
What were some of your top records of the year? Anything I should check out? Let me know!
Just got back from NYC yesterday, after an amazing long weekend trip! Make sure to check my blog in the next couple of days to see a little recap on my trip featuring some of my favorite spots of the weekend! We tried some amazing new restaurants that I’m excited to share with you all!
Yesterday, I flew back to Toronto early in the morning because I had the honor of presenting a band at the 2013 Polaris Music Prize. I wasn’t able to divulge until yesterday that I was chosen to be one of this year’s presenters alongside Sarah McLachlan, Sebastien Grainger, George Stroumboulopoulos, Martin Gero, just to name a few. So humbled by the fact that I was presenting with these inspiring folks.
I was chosen to present Young Galaxy, whom I absolutely love. Their latest record Ultramarine is a real gem. They were my top pick on this year’s ballot. I was so nervous but so humbled by the whole experience. Thanks to the band for being so inspiring as well as Steven Jordan & Claire Dagenais for all of their amazing work.
You can re-watch the gala in its entirety thanks to AUX TV here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3sUG8RfkKA
For today’s outfit, I decided to wear my new Topshop threads that I bought in NYC this weekend. I’ve never been one to wear hats but out of curiosity while browsing around the big Topshop store on Broadway, I saw a cool looking hat and decided to try it out. To my surprise, I didn’t feel as ridiculous as I thought I would feel wearing it. So I bought it 🙂 Plus, I bought this fun snakeskin dress. I also had to stop by my favorite little boutique in Williamsburg to get a new Verameat buddy. I got a new gold Brachiosaurus pendant. Nerd alert 😉
Topshop snake print tunic dress (get it here)
Topshop clean edge fedorat hat (similar one here)
Verameat Brachiosaurus pendant (out soon!)
Lionette Gilmore bracelet (to order please go here)
Steve Madden leather booties (similar ones here)
What a whirlwind of a day! I’m spent!
Today started off bright and early. The BRBR crew and I headed to the Centre Phi to host a livestream at the unveiling of the Polaris Prize Long List. Thoughts on the records that made the cut? Happy? Mad? Sad? I’m definitely content with the overall list. I’m happy to see that five French records made it into the Top 40. Though I didn’t vote for all five personally, it’s nice to see that the rest of the sometimes unilingual jurors can still really appreciate a record crafted in another language! I’m super happy to see some of my personal favorites Young Galaxy, Hannah Georgas, Peter Peter, Purity Ring and Les Soeurs Boulay make it into the Top 40. Really curious to see who will make it into the next round…
Following the livestream that I hosted, I was also asked by the fine folks at the Polaris Prize to take part as a panelist in their Polaris Salon. I’m terrible at public speaking but didn’t feel so nervous this time around because the room was filled with many friendly familiar faces! What a great experience today was overall! A big thank you to all the artists who came to chat with us during the livestream. Stoked to do a third one, live from the Short List announcement on July 16th in Toronto.
For today’s Polaris livestream and salon, I rocked some rad Zara prints and some of my favorite jewels from Biko Jewellery, Lionette & Bing Bang NYC. I kept the armcandy rather simple to avoid making too much noise on camera… (tv host problems!)
Looking forward to starting our coverage of the Francofolies officially tomorrow! I kicked off the festival tonight with a lovely set from Fanny Bloom! You have to listen to her track “Respirer la fumée” if you aren’t familiar with her music yet!
Zara Batik Mini Skirt (get it here)
Forever 21 Bleached demin vest (get it here)
H&M white jersey top (get it here)
Biko Neon Blue Colby necklace (get it here)
Biko black chainmaille bracelet (get it here)
Bing Bang Wanderlust cuff (get it here)
Lionette SINEAD bracelet (check the site for more info)
Jeffrey Campbell Don’t Even white sandals (get them here)