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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Tuesday Morning Quarterback
Montreal Mirror music editor and jury member Rupert Bottenberg on the shortlist: “Welcome to Canada. Everything starts and ends in Toronto, apparently."

(Rupert will surely find solace in the fact the Canadian Idol winner this year is from Quebec. And the runner-up is from Newfoundland.)

Polaris Prize winner Owen Pallett, in the same story, about what the award means: "I always feel like Canadian critics, especially, have for a long time, been hesitant to get behind something and say, hey this is really great. It's just part of the Canadian mentality. I think the best thing about the Polaris prize is it's maybe going to set a precedent for people to actually get behind our artists."

In case you were wondering, here are some of the local critics failing to get behind Final Fantasy's records:

Now: He Poos Clouds, 4 out of 5
Now: Has A Good Home, Best Toronto Record Of 2005
Eye: He Poos Clouds, 4 out of 5
Eye: Has A Good Home, 4 out of 5
The Star: He Poos Clouds, 3.5 out of 5
The Globe: Has A Good Home, 3.5 out of 4
The Globe: He Poos Clouds, 3.5 out of 4

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