How to Get into the Polaris Music Prize Gala Without Springing for a Ticket

Interested?  Here’s the word from the Polaris people.  Pay attention to the last item about The Golden Ticket.

The 2013 Polaris Music Prize winner will be determined on September 23 at the very swank Carlu in Toronto.

If you’re not part of Metric’s entourage or can’t convince the doormen you’re actually a member of Godspeed You! Black Emperor the easiest way to ensure you’ll get to attend the Polaris Gala is to buy a ticket.

There will, however, be other ways to see the various acts from the 2013 Short List perform on stage and jockey for that giant $30,000 novelty cheque.

Here they are:


The Fred Perry Toronto store is doing 5 Polaris tickets drops. Follow @polarisprize and fredperryTO for the ticket drop announcement every Monday, starting August 19. When we tweet it, head to the store at 964 Queen West. First person to say “I want my Polaris Gala ticket” to a staffer wins a pair of tickets.


BRBR, an essential part of the Canadian indie music scene, is offering 4 exclusive tickets to attend the Polaris Gala. The contest will run September 4-18 on BRBR’s official Facebook page. Stay tuned for further details!


HeartstringsTV is teaming up with Big Things Productions and MusiCounts on August 17 at The Rivoli in Toronto. For a $8 cover, watch our solid band line-up for the night and help support a really good cause. On the bill: Delta Will, Lonnie In The Garden, The Northern Empties, Fanette A pair of tickets to the 2013 Polaris Prize Gala will be auctioned off live from the stage.


Like a Willy Wonka who works in immaculate guitar solos instead of wicked chocolate bars, Polaris will be distributing some very special Golden Tickets once again this year. Just like in previous years, these Golden Tickets will be stashed in the rare split-7″ records we’re having made. More info to come…

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