Canadian Musician Jennifer Castle nominated for 2015 Polaris Music Prize
Critically acclaimed musician Jennifer Castle, Toronto born folk singer/songwriter has been nominated for the 2015 Polaris Music Prize alongside Drake, Buffy Sainte-Marie and others. The Polaris Music Prize, a highly regarded Canadian Music Award is based entirely on artistic merit and diversity- disregarding sales history, musical genre, and popularity. The albums are judged by a panel of almost 200 jurors.
The announcement came Wednesday July 16th from a press conference in Toronto, where Fred Penner, who will be the host of the Gala on September 21st, revealed the 10 Artists who made the Short List, selected from a long list of 40. The winner will be awarded $50 000.
Castle, who moved to Elgin County in 2011 to write a record, spent a little over a year in the area writing the music to the songs that eventually became her fourth album, Pink City. The album was released September 2, 2014 on Idée Fixe Records to international praise, earning her the front page of Toronto’s NOW magazine on the day of her sold-out Pink City release show at The Great Hall in Toronto.
The album features string arrangements by Academy-Award winning composer Owen Pallett, and was produced by Castle, Jeff McMurrich and St.Thomas native David Clarke, who is also featured on Pink City and plays drums in Castle’s band Deloro.
“Sparta” track three on the record was inspired by Castle’s time cruising the country back roads of Elgin County. She has played live twice in Elgin County, Dandyfest 2012 held at Quai Du Vin Winery in Sparta, and with Deloro in 2013 at JAMJAM Music Festival in Aylmer, Ontario.
Both festivals were produced by St.Thomas natives Jaime & Janelle Barash under the Art name Cash Honey.
Pink City is available to purchase on iTunes and at your local record shop.
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