The grand jury cast their votes and the results were calculated late last Thursday, putting Thee Internet’s Identity Crisis at the top of an extremely close race for best Newfoundland and Labrador album of 2012. The winning album was decided by a group of five selected jurors and announced to a packed gala show on Thursday, December 14th at The Ship Pub in St. John’s. The band received a $1000 cash prize.
About the album, from the band:
“The album started out as a bunch of demos. It was an experiment in finding a style between the poppier and the stranger things I tried in the past. A bunch of very talented friends took interest in the songs, and we tried them out as a band. After maybe 3 or 4 shows, we recorded drums for all of the tracks! We jumped in pretty quick.
After tracking drums, the rest of the album was recorded in my basement. The demos were used as a basis, and anything cool from those was brought over the to album. Doing it this way gave us as long as we wanted to work on it, but that can hold you back after a while. There comes a point where you’ve got to commit to an approach and move on to the next track! It’s a good thing though, because your vision of what the album will be becomes a lot clearer.
There were several moments in recording that were left open to experimenting, and some of those are my favourite parts. It’s exciting to have these happy accidents pop up because they might bring out an idea or quality in the song you’ve never considered. For someone who likes to plan everything out, that was a big revelation.”
Andrew Robinson (The Telegram), Candice Udle (K-Rock), Chad Pelley (Something Daily/Salty Ink), Colleen Power (CHMR/St. John’s Musician), Elling Lien (The Scope), Erin Sulley (Out of the Fog), Gary Moore (CBC Corner Brook), Gavin Simms (CBC/St. John’s Freelancer), Gene Brown (The Levee), Geoff Younghusband (9 O’Clock Rocks/St. John’s Musician), John Devereaux (Perfect Day Canada), Justin Davis (HEAVYWEATHER), Justin Brake (The Independent), Kevin Hehir (St. John’s Freelancer), Kevin Kelly (The Newfoundland Herald), Krista Power (Mightypop), Mack Furlong (St. John’s Freelancer), Neil Targett (Corner Brook Promoter/St. John’s Musician), Samm Joy (The Muse), Sandy Chisholm (CBTGs), Sarah Smellie (The Scope/Freelancer), Stephen Lethbridge (OZ-FM), Steve Hussey (Fred’s Records/St. John’s Musician), Tara Bradbury (The Telegram), Tom Cochrane (Cornerbrooker.com), Tony Murray (The Ship/Rock House), Tony Ploughman (Fred’s Records), Zach Goudie (CBC St. John’s)
The Atlantis Music Prize is a juried award for Newfoundland and Labrador album of the year, judged on artistic merit, without regard to sales or genre. An independent group of more than 20 journalists, musicians, and people recognized for their love of local music submitted their choices for the best Newfoundland and Labrador album released between November 1, 2011 and October 31, 2012.
The winning album, decided by a grand jury, will be announced on Thursday, December 13th at the The Ship Pub in St. John’s, where the winner will receive a prize of $1,000. For more information, visit www.atlantismusicprize.ca
Here is the Atlantis Music Prize Short List for 2012, in alphabetical order:
The fifth annual Atlantis Music Prize longlist for the best Newfoundland and Labrador album of the year is here.
The Atlantis Music Prize is Newfoundland and Labrador’s juried critic’s prize for recorded music. Modelled on the Canada-wide Polaris Prize, The Atlantis Prize awards $1,000 cash to the band that released the best album of the past year, as selected by a jury of journalists, bloggers, radio hosts, unaffiliated musicians and other known lovers of local music. The winner is selected entirely on the artistic merit of the album, regardless of sales, popularity, or genre.
The long list was selected by a preliminary jury, and they’ll vote again in a second round to whittle the roster down to a shortlist of ten. A grand jury will then be selected to choose the winner.
There are no entry fees or obligations to any organization to qualify for the Atlantis. Any album recorded in the past year by a band or artist from Newfoundland that was available for sale or download by the general public qualified.
The shortlist will be announced on December 5th, and the winner will be announced at the Atlantis Music Prize gala on Thursday, December 13th.
The Atlantis Music Prize is Newfoundland and Labrador’s juried critic’s prize for recorded music. It honours the full-length album as an art form and awards a cash prize of $1,000 to the artist or artists who create the best album of the year. All genres of original music are considered for the Atlantis Music Prize and no entry fees required.
There are three voting rounds:
A longlist of 30 nominated Albums of the Year will be selected by an independent panel of jurors selected based on their knowledge of the local music scene. The longlist will be announced to the public November 1, 2012.
A shortlist of 10 nominated “Albums of the Year” will be selected by the same panel. The list will be announced to the public December 5, 2012.
A second panel of jurors (the Grand Jury) will convene at the Atlantis Music Prize Gala on Thursday, December 13, 2012 to select the winner.
1. Eligibility: 1a. Criteria. Atlantis Music Prize nominees and winners will be selected solely on artistic merit without regard to genre, sales history or label affiliation. There is no submission process or entry fee. Compilations
1b. Genres. All forms of music are eligible for the Atlantis Music Prize.
1c. Album definition. Only albums qualify for consideration. An album is defined as 30 minutes of music, or at least 7 songs. Compilations of previously released recordings, including remixes, are not eligible.
1d. Qualifying period. To qualify, albums must have been publicly released between November 1, 2011 and October 31, 2012.
1e. Release definition. A release is defined as a) available for purchase from a music retailer or b) available for purchase or download from any recognized digital retailer c) available for free or purchase from an artist website.
1f. Newfoundland and Labrador definition. Artists must be residents of Newfoundland and Labrador. For bands, at least 50% of members must be residents of Newfoundland and Labrador.
1g. Additonal interpretations. Any additional interpretations of the rules shall be at the sole discretion of the Atlantis Music Prize director. All rulings are final.
2. Jury Process: 2a. Submission.There is no submission process. An independent panel of jurors will consider all eligible releases and nominate 10 albums for the Atlantis Music Prize Shortlist.
2b. The Jury is… Jurors are selected from across the province. The jury includes those who regularly review and/or programme local artists. Jurors are either a) music journalists and programmers or producers from print publications, radio, television and web media b) people recognized for their knowledge and appreciation of local music c) local musicians. Musicians who have released an album in the period between November 1, 2011 and October 31, 2012, or people who have otherwise been a part of the production process (ie. band member, writer, producer, etc.) of an album released in that time are permitted on the jury, but cannot vote for an album they worked on. If an album they worked on makes the Long List, that juror will be asked to step down.
2c. Conflict of interest. Jury members must disclose any possible conflicts of interest to Atlantis director before being accepted as a jury member. Lack of conflict of interest disclosure will result in cancellation of ballot for that year and lifetime exclusion from the jury. A complete list of Atlantis jurors is available from the director.
2d. The voting. The selected jurors submit a list of what they consider to be the five best Newfoundland and Labrador recordings in any genre. These picks are vetted for eligibility and tabulated to form a list of 10 nominees. This shortlist will be announced to the public on December 5, 2012. A smaller group of 6 jurors (“The Grand Jury”) will convene and select the winner the night of the gala ceremony on December 13, 2012.
They were considered by many a longshot to win, as they were pitted against shortlist heavy hitters Hey Rosetta and Mark Bragg, but roots folk group All The Wiles took home the grand prize at last night’s Atlantis Music Prize gala in St. John’s.
The grand jury cast their votes and the results were calculated late last night, putting the group’s Painted, with its unique combination of instruments and influences, at the top of an extremely close race for best Newfoundland and Labrador album of 2011.
The Atlantis Music Prize, patterned on the Canada-wide Polaris Music Prize, is given annually to the best full-length album from the province, judged solely on artistic merit, without regard to genre or record sales. 2011 is the fourth year the Atlantis Music Prize has been awarded.
An independent panel of more than 30 journalists, musicians, and people recognized for their knowledge and appreciation of local music submitted their top picks for the best album released between November 1, 2010 and October 31, 2011. The winning album was decided by a group of six selected jurors and announced to a packed gala show on Thursday, December 15th at The Rock House on George Street, in St. John’s. The band received a $1000 cash prize.
How and when did the group get together? Katie Baggs: While I was teaching in BC in 2009 and 2010 I missed playing music in St. John’s and started dreaming about starting a new band. I wrote an email to the others asking if they’d be interested and whether they were planning to be in the city in the fall. Amazingly, they were, and it all worked out nicely.
How would you describe your sound? Katie Baggs: Saloon-esque, contemplative, dynamic, and shuffly.
How did Painted come together? Ben Rigby: The songs had enjoyed a prior life with both Jared and Katie but when they brought the songs to the band they were put through a rigorous spin-cycle and emerged as arrangements made for a band. We decided over a few days that we wanted to record something special before I left for the winter, so we rented a space at Trunk Lane Studios and for three days spent every waking hour (and most of the other ones) holed up in the studio crafting an album note for note. I don’t think any of us expected it to turn out the way it did, given the recording conditions we were afraid that once we’d gotten some rest we’d hate it. We also had not spent a whole lot of time playing music in this arrangement at that time, so the recording process served to confirm that we actually are musically compatible (and it sure helped us get more familiar with the songs we play too). It’s a real special thing for us to have as a band and as individuals. We’re extremely proud of it, even though we’re already realigning our sights on new things. What was the best moment from the recording process? Ben Rigby: The best moments from the recording process probably won’t make any sense to anyone but us, but I think through the long hours, poor diet, and creative overloading we reached a kind of fatigue and bone-weariness that brought on a high somewhat like a runner’s high; only, it led to things like a saloon-style piano bit on Leaving Song. I don’t think anyone of us really expected that one to work… except Jake maybe, he sees things…
Any other stories about the album that you’d like to share? Ben Rigby: Well, while recording we discovered that the Nicoll twins have not only the musical intuition that you would hope for from twin brothers but that they also seem to operate on the same sleep schedule, even if separated by rooms or vehicles. We have some hypotheses about them meeting up in the dream world and playing music there too.
Thursday, December 15 at The Rockhouse on George Street.
The Best of St. John’s awards is The Scope’s annual celebration of the people and things that make St John’s great. The Atlantis Music Prize is a juried prize for the best NL album of the year, based on artistic merit, regardless of genre, sales, or record label. These are two huge events in one night!
BEST OF ST. JOHN’S The show will feature guest hosts Mark Critch, Amy Joy, Sarah Smellie, Andrew Harvey, and Kevin Kelly. Winners’ photo booth by Darrell Edwards of Lowercase Studio. Doors open 7:30pm, starts at 8pm (sharp). Refreshments! Snacks! A mix and mingle event! Free and open to all (19+)
ATLANTIS MUSIC PRIZE Atlantis Music Prize gala showcase, featuring performances by All the Wiles, Andrew O’Brien & The Searchers, Casual Male, John Cossar, Mark Bragg & The Butchers, Monsterbator, and Repartee. 9:15pm to 1am. Free and open to all (19+)
Chad Pelley (Saltyink), Andrew Robinson (The Telegram), April MacDonald (Corner Brook Bartender/Promoter/Freelancer), Justin Brake (St. John’s Freelancer), Kevin Kelly (The Herald), Zach Goudie (CBC-TV Here & Now).
The fourth annual Atlantis Music Prize shortlist for the best Newfoundland album of the year is here!
The Atlantis Music Prize is a juried award for Newfoundland and Labrador album of the year, judged on artistic merit, without regard to sales or genre. An independent group of more than 30 journalists, musicians, and people recognized for their love of local music submitted their choices for the best Newfoundland and Labrador album released between November 1, 2010 and October 31, 2011.
The winning album, decided by a grand jury, will be announced on Thursday, December 15th at the Rock House in St. John’s. The winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000.
Adam Penney (Heavy Weather), Andrew Robinson (The Telegram), Angela O’Brien (O’Brien’s Music), April MacDonald (Corner Brook Bartender/Promoter/Freelancer), Candice Udle (K-Rock), Chad Pelley (Salty Ink), Chris Batstone (K-Rock), Damian Lethbridge (The Scope/St. John’s Musician), Darren Sharpe (Freelance), Elling Lien (The Scope), Gabriel Piller (Fred’s Records/Knife in the Toaster), Gary Moore (CBC Corner Brook), Gavin Simms (Independent), Jamie Fitzpatrick (CBC Radio Performance Hour), Jud Haynes (Mightypop), Justin Brake (St. John’s Freelancer), Justin Davis (Heavy Weather), Kevin Hehir (St. John’s Freelancer), Kevin Kelly (The Herald), Mack Furlong (CBC Radio Weekend Arts Magazine), Neil Targett (Corner Brook Promoter/Musician), Ritche Perez (St. John’s Musician), Ryan Belbin (Independent), Sandy Chisholm (CBTGs), Sarah Smellie (The Scope), Sherry Ryan (St. John’s Musician), Stephen Lethbridge (OZ-FM), Steve Hussey (Fred’s/St. John’s Musician), Tara Bradbury (The Telegram), Tom Cochrane (Cornerbrooker), Tony Murray (The Ship & Rock House), Tony Ploughman (Fred’s Records), Zach Goudie (CBC-TV Here & Now)