Listen to Partner, the Polaris Prize-Nominated Windsor Rock Band

Windsor-based rockers mix laffs, spliffs and big riffs for an award-winning mix that channels Tegan & Sara and Shania Twain.

Partner seemingly came out of nowhere to get nominated for the prestigious Polaris Prize for their album ‘In Search of Lost Time’.

The album was a trademark mix of 90s-era arena rock riffs and tongue-in-cheek lyrics. They’re now on the road supporting punk rockers Titus Andronicus.

“You don’t just come out sounding like Shania Twain.” – Josee Caron, Partner

Partner’s Josee Caron and Lucy Niles stopped by WDET and joined Culture Shift’s Amanda LeClaire for some music and conversations about their musical influences.

“I’m gonna say it was a mix of Shania Twain and Tegan & Sara” says Niles. “Our older stuff sounds more punk, mostly because we didn’t have the resources to make it sound not punk.”

“When the new album comes out, the influences will have coalesced,” says Caron. “You don’t just come out sounding like Shania Twain. I wish!”

Click the player above to hear the full interview and listen to the band play ‘The Pit’ and ‘Rock is my Rock’.


  • Amanda LeClaire
    Amanda LeClaire is an award-winning host and producer of CultureShift on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit’s NPR station. She’s a founding producer of WDET’s flagship news talk show Detroit Today, and a former host/reporter for Arizona Public Media. Amanda is also an artist, certified intuitive and energy healer, and professional tarot reader.
  • Russ McNamara
    Russ McNamara is the host of All Things Considered for 101.9 WDET, presenting local news to the station’s loyal listeners. He's been an avid listener of WDET since he moved to metro Detroit in 2002.