Organizers unveiled a short list today for the contemporary music prize, which considers releases from the past 12 months based on musical merit and not sales or genre.
The 10 finalists are:- Godspeed You! Black Emperor (Montreal), Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
- Zaki Ibrahim (Cape Town; born in Nanaimo, B.C.), Every Opposite.
- Metric (Toronto), Synthetica.
- METZ (Toronto), METZ.
- Purity Ring (Edmonton), Shrines.
- Colin Stetson (Montreal), New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light.
- Tegan and Sara (Calgary), Heartthrob.
- A Tribe Called Red (Ottawa), Nation II Nation.
- Whitehorse (Toronto), The Fate of the World Depends On This Kiss.
- Young Galaxy (Vancouver), Ultramarine.
The winner receives $30,000, while organizers will also present $2,000 to each of the nine remaining finalists.
Established to celebrate creativity and diversity in Canadian music — without regard to musical genre or sales history — the Polaris Prize has previously been awarded to artists like Feist, Arcade Fire, Karkwa, Patrick Watson, Caribou and Final Fantasy. The nominees and winner are chosen by a jury of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada.
The winner will be announced at a gala at Toronto's Carlu event hall on Sept. 23.