polaris

The short list for this years Polaris Music Prize was released today. The Polaris prize is a $20,000 award given annually to the best full-length Canadian album based on artistic merit, regardless of genre, sales, or record label.

The award was established in 2006, and previous winners include Final Fantasy’s He Poos Clouds, Patrick Watson’s Close to Paradise, and Caribou’s Andorra. Every year dozens of artists are nominated, which eventually is shaved down to a smaller short list. Previous nominees include The Arcade Fire, Feist, Shad, Stars, The Junior Boys, and Broken Social Scene.

I usually play close attention to the nominations for this prize. The jury that votes for the prize collectively have pretty good tastes in music, and I typically find one or two bands that I start to listen to.

  • Elliott BROOD – Mountain Meadows (Toronto, ON)
  • Fucked Up – The Chemistry Of Common Life (Toronto, ON)
  • Great Lake Swimmers – Lost Channels (Toronto, ON)
  • Hey Rosetta! – Into Your Lungs (and around in your heart and on through your blood) (St. John’s, NF)
  • K’NAAN – Troubadour (Toronto, ON)
  • Malajube – Labyrinthes (Montréal, QC)
  • Metric – Fantasies (Toronto, ON)
  • Joel Plaskett – Three (Halifax, NS)
  • Chad VanGaalen – Soft Airplane (Calgary, AB)
  • Patrick Watson – Wooden Arms (Montréal, QC)

This year features, for the first time, repeat nominees. Previous winner Patrick Wilson is nominated again, as are Malajube and Chad VanGaalen.

Homorazzi favourite Metric is nominated for their latest album, but personally I’m hoping for Fucked Up. Chemistry of Common Life brought so much to the hardcore genre, from collaborations with Dallas Green (from Alexisonfire), to flute solos. Truly refreshing. Their live show is insane as well.

Notable nominees from the long list include Leonard Cohen, Handsome Furs, Vancouver’s own Japanadroids & Bison B.C., and Wolf Parade.