The Acorn Make The Long List For Polaris Music Prize + Summer Update!

Since returning home from their first US tour, Ottawa’s pride ‘n joy, The Acorn have been enjoying the fruits (and nuts) of home-life, but furtively gearing up for an especially busy summer, as well as their forthcoming Tin Fist EP out this fall on Paper Bag Records!

Among many new developments – The Acorn made the Long List for the Polaris Music Prize! This is the third year of the $20,000 Prize which is awarded to the best full-length Canadian album, judged solely on artistic merit, without regard to genre or record sales. This marks the first year Polaris has made the Long List public. The Long List consists of the top 40 full-length Canadian records released from June 1, 2007 to May 31, 2008, according to an initial vote by the 185 members of the Polaris Music Prize jury. The jury consists of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada.

In other outstanding news….

Rolf of The Acorn recently recorded a lovely cover of Cyndi Lauper’s upbeat, yet tear-jerking classic “(Goonies!!) Good Enough” for the May/June edition of’s popular podcast. This summer cover is indeed good enough for Sloth, Chunk, Data and the rest of the gang. You can hear the track here or download/post the mp3 above:

Studio albums are nice and all, but there’s something to be said for the, dare I say, “magic” of live recordings. Or what about the oft-repeated, but never duplicated spontaneous recording of nascent song ideas. With this in mind, Paper Bag will be releasing a collection of hard-to-find live recordings spanning their last Canadian and US tours; to boot, the band will be including a few demos from the Glory Hope Mountain sessions, as well as a cover or two for good measure.

The Acorn will be making their way across the pond for their first UK tour from September 5th – 14th in support of the Glory Hope Mountain, which will be released in Europe, Australia and Japan by England’s Bella Union label (home to Fleet Foxes, Beach House, Midlake, Dirty Three, more). Official dates will be released in the coming weeks.

The Acorn will be trekking across Canada once again this fall, but will joined by long-time friends and collaborators Ohbijou…and well, they could not be more excited! To celebrate the tour, the bands will be releasing a good ol’ split 7″ (along with mp3 download) featuring one new track and a cover of each others tunes. Official tour dates will be announced soon.

Following their cross-Canada tour, The Acorn will dip south and make their way down the western sea board playing in Seattle, Portland, Bend, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boulder, Denver, and Chicago to name a few. Once again, dates are on the way!

Cover Cyndi Lauper’s “Good Enough”-

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