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Imaginary Cities teaches us how to say good-bye – for now

By Regina Sienra and Tiffany Leeson

Imaginary Cities, the powerful band from Winnipeg, MB has announced their new – and sadly, last for the foreseeable future – EP Leftovers, which is out August 12th. . The band had been on an hiatus since the ever busy Rusty Matyas threw even more things into his schedule by producing records, joining big bands as a touring member – he just played in a Weakerthans reuion – and pursuing a degree in musical therapy.

Now, the Leftovers EP is just a break before an even longer indefinite hiatus album. The songs on it are unused cuts from their sophomore album Fall of Romance (2013). They left us with this tweet:

“Set my Heart on Fire”is the first track they’ve release as a preview to their 4 track EP and you can have a listen here:

It’s not all about the good-bye-for-now though! Marti Sarbit, the lead singer, has announced that Lanikai, her new project, will be releasing music this fall.

Kathleen Edwards gets her guitar back


Back in August 2015, Kathleen Edwards posted on Facebook that her rare and valuable 1957 Les Paul Junior guitar was stolen from her house in Stittsville, Ontario. Today, the Ottawa singer-songwriter posted a picture of the instrument on Instagram, with the message “Today I got an early birthday present. Story to follow”. So… eventually Edwards herself will update us on the details of the happy news.

“If the guitar is returned, I can accept a ‘no questions asked’ agreement,'” Edwards said on her August 2015 Facebook post. “I can promise you that the instrument will not make you money, it will not go unnoticed and you will at some point be caught. Do the right thing”.

Update: According to CBC News, a Good samaritan came into Quitters, Edward’s coffe shop in Stittsville, ON, to let her know he found a garbage bag with guitars while he was out walking his dogs. The songstress later confirmed the guitars were hers.

“They were dumped in Stittsville, a kilometre or so from the shop. Undamaged. I am over the moon,” she wrote.
Info from CBC News
Picture taken from Kathleen Edwards Facebook page


Darbar’s Polaris long list playlist


(That title feels like a tongue twister, eh?)

The announcement of the 2016 Polaris Prize short list is in about two weeks. What started as a list of 40, will be shortened to 10. This year’s nominees include some great surprises for Canadian indie fans and some… unsurprising names.

The Polaris Prize is award given annually to the best Canadian album, based on artistic merit. It was created in 2006, and currently, the winner receives $50,000. The eligible albums for this year’s edition are the ones released between June 1, 2015 and May 31st, 2016.

Are you familiar with all the 40 long-listed acts? Do you know only a few of them? You’re here just to see Drake ignore the whole deal again? We got you covered. Our friend Darlene Barss aka Darbarspecial made a Spotify playlist with the nominees to get you ready for the shortlist announcement. Let us know who’s your favourite!

The 2016 short list will be revealed on July 14th, while the Polaris gala will be on Monday, September 19th.