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Cadence Weapon Shortlisted for Polaris Music Prize
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Cadence Weapon Hope In Dirt City honoured on the Polaris Music Prize Shortlist

The 2012 Polaris Short List was announced yesterday (July 17) at The Drake Hotel in Toronto, ON.

Polaris Founder and Executive Director Steve Jordan was pretty excited about the List.

"Our jury is showing an ever growing passion and dedication to reviewing, discussing and advocating their selections. This has resulted in a Short List of records that are musically focused, intense and in some cases highly personal. The process of selecting a winner should prove to be an invigorating challenge for our Grand Jury."

The 200+ writers, editors, producers and media figures who make up the Polaris Music Prize jury pool chose the Short List by submitting ballots listing their Top 5 albums from the previously announced Long List of 40 eligible albums.

It's on to the big show, the Polaris Gala, being held in Toronto on September 24, where a Grand Jury made up of 11 Polaris jurors will be sequestered Papal conclave-style until they decide which one of the 10 Short List albums will be declared the best Canadian album of 2012.

The full Gala event, including live performances from a number of the artists, will be webcast at Additionally, a one-hour Gala highlight show will be broadcast on Much Sept. 29 at 10 p.m. 

 View the shortlist here. 


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Cadence Weapon “Get On Down” Vignette. Sick Look.

Video by Jasper Baydala

Cadence Weapon Announces Dates With Liars

Tour Dates With Liars

07/05/12 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore (Tickets)
07/07/12 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge (Tickets)
07/08/12 -  Seattle, WA @ Neumos (Tickets)
07/09/12 -  Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret (Tickets)
07/11/12 -  Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge (Tickets)
07/13/12 -  Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre (Tickets)
07/14/12 -  Lawrence, KS @ The Granada (Tickets)
07/15/12 -  Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room (Tickets)
07/21/12 -  Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace (Tickets)


Cadence Weapon Polaris Long List Nomination
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Shout out to Cadence Weapon Hope In Dirt City for his Polaris Long List Nomination!

The 2012 Polaris Long List was announced today (June 14) at The Waldorf Hotel in Vancouver, BC.

Polaris Founder and Executive Director Steve Jordan was pretty excited about the List.

"The year's list deliciously illustrates the burgeoning sense of community in our jury," he said. "Almost half of the selections on this list were the direct result of passionate recommendations made by individual members to their peers. We hope the ultimate result of this dialogue will likewise inform the taste of adventurous music lovers from Canada and the world."


Cadence Weapon "Hope In Dirt City" Out Today

Hip Hop Authority - 4/5 - 4/5
NME - 8/10
NOW Magazine - NNNN
The Grid TO - 9/10
Montreal Gazette - 4/5
Montreal Mirror - 8.5
All Music Review - 8/10
PreFix Magazine - 8/10

STREAM THE ALBUM AT Exclaim!, MTV, MuchMusic, CBC Radio 3 , or Montreal Gazette

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Hope In Dirt City Shirt - Multi cityscape hand drawn by the lovely Jade Eden Blair
American Apparel 100% Cotton available in White & Heather Grey









A couple classic styles, Black Shark and Blue Harp, still available









"Conditioning" Live & Remixes

Watch the Video for "Conditioning" on the FADER

Pitchfork Exclusive: Cadence Weapon "Conditioning" (Grimes Remix)

Creators Project: Cadence Weapon "Conditioning" (Doldrums Remix)

Stereogum Exclusive: Cadence Weapon "Conditioning" (CFCF Remix)

PRE-ORDER "Hope In Dirt City"

Hope In Dirt City  | Track Listing
01. Get On Down
02. Conditioning
03. Jukebox
04. Cheval
05. (You Can’t Stop) The Machine
06. No More Names (Aditi)
07. Small Deaths
08. Hype Man
09. There We Go
10. Crash Course For The Ravers
11. Hope In Dirt City

PRE-ORDER ‘Hope In Dirt City’ (May 29) NOW 

PRE-ORDER CD & Vinyl LP at the UC Boutique

Cadence Weapon Adds Primavera Sound to UK Tour
05/17/12 - Cardiff, UK - Clwb lfor Bach* (Tickets)
05/18/12 - Brighton, UK - Green Door Store* (Tickets)
05/19/12 - Liverpool Sound City, UK -The Kazimier (Tickets)
05/21/12 - Bristol, UK - Cooler* (Tickets)
05/22/12 - London, UK - CAMP Basement* (Tickets)
05/23/12 - Manchester, UK - Soup Kitchen* (Tickets)
05/24/12 - Glasgow, UK - King Tuts* (Tickets)
05/25/12 - Leeds, UK - Cockpit 2* (Tickets)
05/26/12 - Nottingham, UK - Bodega* (Tickets)
05/29/12 - London, UK - The Garage (Upstairs)* (Tickets)
05/30/12 - Barcelona, SP- Primavera Sound - Apollo (Tickets)
06/01/12 - Barcelona, SP- Primavera Sound - Zero (Tickets)
06/02/12 - Barcelona, SP- Primavera Sound Festival (Tickets)
06/11/12 - Seattle, WA - Neumos* (Tickets)
06/12/12 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge* (Tickets)
06/14/12 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent* (Tickets)
06/15/12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex* (Tickets)
06/16/12 - San Diego, CA - Casbah* (Tickets)
06/19/12 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge* (Tickets)
06/21/12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall* (Tickets)
06/22/12 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop* (Tickets)
06/23/12 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace* (Tickets)
06/25/12 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa* (Tickets)
06/26/12 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall* (Tickets)
06/27/12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom* (Tickets)
06/28/12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg* (Tickets)
06/29/12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's* (Tickets)
06/30/12 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel* (Tickets)
07/03/12 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry* (Tickets)
07/28/12 - Edmonton, AB - Interstellar Rodeo (Tickets)
08/10/12 - Woodstock, NB - Dooryard Festival (Tickets)

*/w Japandroids

Cadence Weapon "Conditioning" Single Now Available on iTunes

The buzz surrounding the announcement of Cadence Weapon's third studio release Hope In Dirt City is palpable.

Some good words from our friends;


The first official single/video premiered on The FADER a couple weeks back and is now available on iTunes! 

North American tour dates + UK dates just announced here

              "Hope In Dirt City" coming May 29th



The Fader premiers Cadence Weapon "Conditioning"

Cadence Weapon is pointing the way toward his third album, Hope in Dirt City out May 29th. "Conditioning" the video shot by Evan Prosofsky (Grimes/Oblivion) and directed by Tim Kelly premiered this week at The Fader along with the track that's available for download. 

Check out the feature here.