O Canada!

It’s that time of the year again when we find out which artist wins one of Canada’s top music honours, The Polaris Prize. We at The Centre have been proud to have previous shortlist nominees like Whitehorse and Ron Sexsmith grace our stage and we’re excited to have this year’s shortlist nominee and 2006 Polaris Prize winner Owen Pallett perform OnStage on September 29.

In addition to the Polaris Prize nomination and accolades, Pallett’s latest album In Conflict is an impressive multi-genre record that weaves synth and violin into an aural work of art, overlaying it with thoughtful lyrics sung to beautifully crafted and often haunting melodies, as seen in “On A Path“.

But that’s not all we’ve got in store for you this year. You’ll have the opportunity to share the stage with other great artists like The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, Royal Wood and Skydiggers in our unique and intimate OnStage format.

If you crave more music, you won’t want to miss out on An Evening With The Jim Cuddy Band on October 17. The proud Canadian has made a name for himself as the lead singer for Blue Rodeo and has an extensive solo career.

“When I write songs for my solo material, the songs tend to be a lot more personal than what I write for Blue Rodeo,” says Jim. “I come in here and sit down with all of these instruments and work at building the ideas until a song emerges. Once I’ve demoed the track and played it for the band, we work on fleshing it out.”

In 2015, we will feature great Canadian artists such as Alan Doyle from Great Big Sea, Steven Page from The Barenaked Ladies and Colin James.

We also have the amazing Jeans ‘n Classics Rock Symphony back for another amazing year of shows that range from the best of Canadian music with Canada Rocks to an homage to Led Zeppelin.

If you’re searching for a place where you can hear some great Canadian music live – look no further – we’ve got it right here at The Centre.