Last Friday was a musical Field Trip for Zim and Sitana! Went down to T.O. to see RUSH one of their all time favorite bands. It was because of RUSH drummer Neil Peart that Zim decided to take up drumming at an early age, and RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson has been a huge influence on Sitana’s riffing. Here they are having a great time with their buddies Dave, Tim, Mike and Eric’s cousin Rob!
Last night our friend and big POLARITY believer Paul performed his first ever stand up comedy and he did it in a POLARITY TShirt too!!!
We were out to support his dreams just like he supports and believes in ours! smile emoticon
Congrats on makin people laugh Paul and we’re amped you’re reppin us on stage!
POLARITY Has a Free App!!!
Exiting news everyone one! We teamed up with EdenCloud and have developed our very own App!!
With the app you can keep up to date with us from the comfort of your own pocket! Our music is streamable from it, all of our shows are updated on it, you’ll have access to photos, videos, and even exclusive POLARITY goodies with the app. We’re amped cause there’s even a chat section where we can chat with you directly!
To download the app head on over here;
Google Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details…
Now this is the first time we’ve had an app and the first Eden Cloud has developed an app specifically tailored to bands, so we’d love to hear some feedback once you’ve started using it. Lucky for us, we’re working closley with Eden Cloud to continue improving it with your feedback!
Also, if you’re a band or a business and want to get in touch and get your own app visit Eden Cloud’s website here ; http://www.edencloud.ca/polarity/
We think it’s pretty rad to be an independent band and have our own APP!!!!
We as a band have always been blessed by the generosity of our friends and fans.
Recently we were given a SEVEN STRING guitar!
Adrian or Don Juan as he’s known is a professional musician who saw us at one of our recent Lees Palace shows and was so impressed with our set that since seeing us he’s only every tried to help us by passing along reputable publicists, passing along talent calls and any other information he knows will help our band!
We’ll he’s moving to China to play music in Macau and as a parting gift gave us this amazing guitar. As he says ‘a guitar that’s not played is a dead guitar’…
We can assure you Adrian, this guitar will be put to good use, we recorded with some seven strings on the new album, so it’s the perfect time to introduce seven strings to our live show!!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you Adrian! POLARITY Loves you!
What does it mean to be constantly exhausted and misunderstood? Take a seat.
I grew up watching artists on stage. I grew up on stage. I grew up behind the stage.
Absolutely everything I’ve worked towards since I was 15 years old has been to entertain the masses. I started playing guitar at 6. I joined my first bands at 14, my first year in high school. I was lucky enough to be amongst some of the most talented musicians that the school had seen, even to this day, those musicians remain successful. I also skipped a really boring class with a friend, who showed me a great way to get out of that class was to join the “Sound and Light” crew. I fell in love with stage lighting and audio engineering as much as music itself. I studied theatrical production in college. I worked in live theatre, In rock and roll as a moving light technician, cranking out shows for bands on your iPod, like Alexisonfire, and large corporate events. I helped form the early stages of a band that would eventually blossom into Polarity. I found a house with Mike Smith and rented it so we’d have a jam space. I racked up over $12,000 in debts quitting a job that mistreated me. I stood up for myself, and I was rewarded with something better. I meet tons of people. I see so many things, and visit so many places. My work and our music has taken me to places I never would have ventured on my own. I pay the bills working as a professional in the entertainment industry. I’ve climbed slowly up the ladder with patience.
Don’t ever call it luck. It didn’t land in my lap, and I sacrificed everything to get here. I see people intently reflecting on their 12 hour day and think to myself “I just did 20 hours, then 19, then 19 again… so…” I get tired. I get sore. I drive home with my eyes half open. I show up to polarity shows with insomnia. I miss family functions, I cancelled and postponed so many things with the person I loved the most, that I eventually lost them. I’ve been clinging on to a dream for 14 years, watching everything and everyone around me slip away except for my bandmates and my co-workers.
Why do I do this to myself? Because I need a purpose and because without that purpose, I’m useless to anyone I love anyway. I need to be happy, and when I play songs for YOU, I’m happy. When we make an album for YOU, I’m happy. When I make your wedding day that extra special, or your business meeting that much more enjoyable, make your band look badass with cues that sync to your music, bring your conceptual idea to life, or simply make that Christmas party of yours extra colorful… I’m happy. When I hear how much you liked our music video for Tug of War, I remember how hard I worked on it. With a volunteer crew of 3 + me, the back dock of a warehouse, a bunch of lighting from my shop and literally three days straight with no sleep with a work week before and after… I feel happy, and proud. I’m not lucky…. I’m successful.
I might be tired… but I’m still here, and I’m still struggling to make a significant change to what we define as music while being in Polarity. I’m being pulled like most people into what most people think music is now, but I’m digging my fingernails into the ground creating as much resistance as I can in order to hold on to what MY idealism of music should be. That’s what saved me when I was young and needed a path, and if I don’t participate in keeping integrity and storytelling in music alive, then nobody in the future will be saved. That’s unacceptable.
This photo was taken by Anna Sklavos. You all know her photography, because it’s in every other post for the last few weeks. In the spirit of who I am, this is a behind the scenes outtake photo from Lee’s Palace, prior to Bovine, where I was also the promoter for the show, with Jasmine helping me book and make a poster, and the boys pimping it out DIY style.
I’d go on and on, but it’s about 1am, and the event I’m working on is currently winding down, So I’ll need to shut down my remote workstation so I can be back here for 6am. Always a pleasure folks! See you in February wink emoticon
– Jason Swait
Since I was a little kid my family, friends and teachers kept on telling me “Get a good education and get a good job when you grow up!” Whenever I mentioned the sheer notion of being a musician, they’d tell me “Don’t waste your time” or “Get a college or university degree as something to fall back on”. Ok so I listened to everyone and got a degree in Computer Science Technology. However, it didn’t do anything for me in the long run. In fact, following the safe “back-up plan” has been the cause of many personal issues I’ve dealt with over the years. Yes we need income but at that point, if you’re miserable with what you’re doing it’s just not worth it!
Am I saying don’t go to school or follow a career? Not at all, just don’t pursue something if you don’t love it or if you’re not excited about it. Clearly IT wasn’t for me but even after all of this strife I have no regrets. It inspired me to do something more with my life and to really focus on what my true passion is. However, it’s also about not taking short cuts towards your goals and dreams even though they’re in the same spectrum of what you want to do. Earlier last year, I quit a fulltime office job to work as a music teacher. That’s all great except what I learned the hard way was that teaching in itself is a fulltime job that you need to dedicate all your time and energy into to make it work. Other than trying to make teaching a fulltime gig, I’ve had to rely on session work and playing in cover bands to keep the $ flowing. It worked out for a bit until eventually it all backfired on me. Oddly enough, even though I was still doing music just not my own music, it got to the point where all of this actually took time and energy AWAY from POLARITY, the main passion in my life. Stressed out and depressed, it also got to the point where I almost resented playing music in the first place. Therefore, I had to abandon teaching fulltime, doing session work and playing in cover bands altogether. I decided to just focus entirely on my own band and working towards OUR goals rather than other peoples’. Again, I have no regrets because it’s taught me a lot about myself and given me great experience. Enter movie quote from The Dark Knight Rises “Suffering builds character”. Therefore, I continue to strive on and follow my own dreams. I believe in the law of attraction, the power of intention, the fact that our very existence and all we perceive in reality begins with our thoughts. Thoughts can become desires and eventually can be achieved through action. Life doesn’t last forever so in that sense “Don’t waste your time, follow your passion and do something that makes you happy and makes you feel alive!” I’m grateful for playing with such amazing and talented musicians, I’m grateful for all my friends who keep encouraging me to be better every day at what I do and I’m truly grateful for everyone out there who support us and believe in our band. To all our fans and friends I say THANK YOU and I wish everyone a safe and happy weekend! #TGIF #HappyFriday #POLARITYmusic
– Michael Sitana
What keeps a fighting spirit chiseling their own path up an iceberg with an ice pick when it seems (at times) it’s them against a humbling undertaking and all the elements are against them?
I can’t help but think it’s got to be the intention behind the reason to climb, their desire to chisel an authentic path unique to them and the passion in their soul that drives their next move upwards no matter what the elements throw their way…
What drives us as a band to keep creating, pushing and striving?
Our intention as a band has always been to write a progression of linear sound the soul can find strength, healing, and release in…
It’s our souls desire to write music that ranges from stories of true human triumph, to the wisdom in a remembered pre life experience detailing the challenges of what it means to incarnate on earth, to life based tales exploring real life human struggle and what it means to be controlled by fear, to soul filled whisperings (or yellings) of an inner guidance that lives deep within each of us that tells us there is light beyond the dark and we can heal our own lives….
It’s the passion we feel for what we play when we’re in our jam room and it’s just the five of us connecting with our own higher selves and each other…
Ultimately what keeps us going is that each POLARITY song is a message we all believe in, find healing in and harness strength from.
Thank you with the depth of an iceberg for being our cheering section as we continue our assent to the top with humility. Our heads are bowed in thanks to the people in music industry who see our potential and believe in our message and to YOU the fans that make our dreams of rocking the world a reality.
Authenticity, passion and the potential to heal ourselves and others through music is what keeps us chiselling our own path in the music industry and we’re happy to report we’re making progress.
May we encourage you to chisel your own souls path of passion because it’s a journey, a strength and a joy nobody can take from you.
We’re all in this climb together and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Up we go.
Hams here. Not sure how many of you are aware, but when I’m not doing band stuff, cooking, chillin with friends and being a hairy/stinky schmucky schmuck, I make films. Not surprisingly, I was behind the camera for a lot of the recent Polarity video you’ve seen. The P3 mini doc (https://youtu.be/4PegBnsmL50) Polarity posted almost a year ago? Yeah, that was little ol’ me.
And holy shit! It’s been a year since, and what a year it’s been…
Since then I’ve been filming these death-defying songbirds slave away producing their next record. In that time I’ve seen and learned more about myself and these chappers than I ever thought I would. I even found myself joining their ranks!
But I have not forgotten the first assignment I was given from this band: to document the creation of Action Potential. And so, with principal photography close to wrap, here’s a big announcement:
THE SEQUEL to P3 is coming this summer!
And it’s gonna be huge. Much, MUCH bigger than it’s predecessor. Epic storytelling. Epic visuals. Epic music. I’m super proud of what we’ve got in the works.
Expect a teaser trailer within a week or so.