Thursday, February 28, 2008

Final Fantasy

The Torontoist has a story this week about how one of Toronto's hottest indie exports couldn't prove he lived in Toronto and had his medical card confiscated. Final Fantasy's Owen Pallett discovered that a hectic touring schedule outside of the country can lead to ineligibility of OHIP requirements, which require that the applicant be "physically present in Ontario for 153 days in any 12-month period", and be able to prove it.

In 2006 Pallett (as Final Fantasy) won Canada's inaugural Polaris Prize, beating out Broken Social Scene, Deadly Snakes, Metric, New Pornographers, Wolf Parade and others. He has also recorded and toured with Jim Guthrie, The Hidden Cameras, Royal City, Gentleman Reg, and Arcade Fire (he arranged the strings for their debut Funeral and follow-up Neon Bible).

Read his full OHIP adventure here.

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