A Night of Canadian Music in Toronto

by Alicia Taggio
Winners accepting award at music festival


This month, we teamed up with MusiCounts and the Polaris Music Prize to bring two lucky winners to Toronto to experience the 2011 Polaris Awards Gala and explore the city for a couple of days taking in the sights and sounds.

The event took place at the iconic Masonic Temple which has been home to many live music shows since the 1960’s (including Toronto’s first Led Zepplin concert on February 2, 1969, during the band’s inaugural North American Tour). Today as the broadcast home to MTV Canada, the temple still maintains its old rustic charm and is hands down one of the best live music venues in Toronto.

Masonic Temple

After exploring the city for the day, our winners Anne from Calgary and Claudia from Yellowknife made their way to the Temple to experience some live music and discover some amazing Canadian talent.


One band in particular who seemed to be trending more than the Polaris Awards themselves was Toronto indie pop band, Austra. Fresh off the plane from Belgium, they delivered a phenomenal live performance which even had CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi in awe:


A big congratulations to Polaris Prize Winner Arcade Fire for taking home the $30,000 grand prize and an oversized cheque that they were thrilled to receive. Proceeds from this event went to the MusiCounts project which is a Canadian music education charity helping to keep music alive in schools across Canada. MusiCounts’ mission is to ensure that children in Canada, regardless of socio-economic circumstances and cultural background, have access to a comprehensive music program through their school. For more information check out their website: http://www.musicounts.ca.

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