The Polaris Music Prize, a not-for-profit organization celebrating the best Canadian album of the past year, is gearing up to reward one Canadian act with a $30,000 prize and priceless bragging rights, on Monday, Sept. 23rd 2013.
After 200 jury members (made up of music journalists, bloggers and broadcasters) winnow the options down to a 40 album long list and then a 10 album short list, an 11-member grand jury spends the gala backstage hashing out the winning album without regard to musical genre, sales or any factor aside from "highest artistic integrity."
Last year, Feist was the recipient of Polaris Music Prize for her spellbinding album "Metals," while Arcade Fire's Grammy-winner "The Suburbs" snatched the prize in 2011.
Each year the competition is fierce, and 2013 is no exception but it may also be the most diverse and eclectic list yet. Anyone who dismisses Polaris as an indie rock award should take a better listen to this year's Polaris Music Prize Short List nominees:
Godspeed You! Black Emperor, "‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!"
Zaki Ibrahim, "Every Opposite"
METZ , "METZ"
Purity Ring, "Shrines"
Colin Stetson, "New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light"
Tegan and Sara, "Heartthrob"
A Tribe Called Red, "Nation II Nation"
Whitehorse, "The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss"
Young Galaxy, "Ultramarine"
Make sure to check back to HuffPost Canada Music on Monday as we will be live-streaming the Polaris Music Prize Gala on September 23rd at 7PM, and follow @HuffPostCaMusic for live-tweeting from the Gala.
Can't decide who you think should win? This year's Polaris media partner AUX TV put together the "Road to Polaris" video series that provides an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the nominated albums. Check out the videos below, and then give us your Polaris Music Prize predictions.
How Tegan and Sara wrote "Closer" - Road to Polaris
Metz's year of dogs and touring - Road to Polaris
A Tribe Called Red connect with Idle No More - Road to Polaris
Zaki Ibrahim "Every Opposite" making-of - Road to Polaris
Whitehorse's Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland in the studio - Road to Polaris
Metric take it from the studio to the stage - Road to Polaris
Young Galaxy's Swedish adventure - Road to Polaris
Colin Stetson reflects on his solo trilogy and the influence of Bon Iver - Road to Polaris
Polaris Prize Long List Nominees
Tegan and Sara - Closer [OFFICIAL HD MUSIC VIDEO]
2012 WMG "Closer" by Tegan and Sara, from the album Heartthrob. Get it on iTunes! http://bit.ly/14nG8br Links: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeganandS...
METRIC - Breathing Underwater [Official Video]
Synthetica Deluxe will be available November 20th. Synthetica, featuring "Breathing Underwater," is available on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/metricsynthetica ...
Zaki Ibrahim - 'Go Widdit' (HD)
GoWiddit video featuring Vintage Cru. From the album #EveryOpposite | © 2012 Motif Records Director: Zandi Tisani Producers: Laurence Hamburger, Zandi Tisan...
Purity Ring - Fineshrine
From the album "Shrines" out July 23(UK)/24(US and Canada) - http://bit.ly/M8CHwn Directed by Young Replicant - http://www.youngreplicant.com/ http://purityr...
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! (Full Album)
Here's the complete new album of Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Track list 1. Mladic 00:10 2. Their Helicopters' Sing 20:20 3. We Drift Like Worried Fire 27:00...
YOUNG GALAXY - Pretty Boy (Single)
Paper Bag Records 2013 - Young Galaxy Ultramarine out April 23 worldwide.
Metz - Wasted [OFFICIAL VIDEO]
Subscribe To Sub Pop's YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/subpoprecords METZ YouTube Playlist http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9C19E767B3F3F72...
Colin Stetson - To See More Light
Colin Stetson - To See More Light from New History Warfare Vol 3.
'Emerald Isle' by Whitehorse
http://www.cbcmusic.ca The duo of Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland aka Whitehorse performed for CBC Radio 2's Drive in Studio 211.
The Other 30 Albums From The Polaris Prize Long List
Anciients - Raise the Sun
The amazing opening track off of the band's equally amazing full-length debut, Heart of Oak. Do yourselves a favor and support this wonderful band. See them ...
The Besnard Lakes - People of the Sticks
The Besnard Lakes "People of the Sticks" Directed by Joseph Yarmush and Petros Kolyvas Album Buy Links iTunes http://glnk.it/1y0 Amazon http://glnk.it/1xz SC...
Louis-Jean Cormier - Tout le monde en même temps
Acheter l'album: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/le-treizieme-etage/id555983372?l=fr Maison de production / Production House: Parce Que Films Réalisateur /...
Daphni - Ye Ye
Video by: Jane Eastlight http://janeeastlight.tumblr.com/ From the upcoming album JIAOLONG by Daphni. JIAOLONG005 Tracklist: Yes, I Know Cos-Ber-Zam - Ne Noy...
Mac DeMarco // "My Kind of Woman" (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
Mac DeMarco '2' LP/CD/MP3 now available worldwide on Captured Tracks iTunes: http://goo.gl/oYjFh LP/CD: http://goo.gl/qamln Director: Alex Lill Producer: Car...
Evening Hymns- Dead Deer (official video)
from the album 'Spirit Guides' available on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/evening-hymns/id268049531 new album now available: http://eveninghymns....
Hannah Georgas "The Beat Stuff"
Hannah Georgas The Beat Stuff featuring Spencer from Said The Whale www.myspace.com/bandhannah.
Chilly Gonzales - White Keys (from SOLO PIANO II)
White Keys from SOLO PIANO II Presented in PIANOVISION Album out now! Order your Deluxe Version on iTunes now: http://smarturl.it/solopiano2 Follow us on Fac...
Jim Guthrie - Bring on the Night
From the album - Takes Time by Jim Guthrie @jampants Available May 7th, 2013 on Static Clang http://staticclang.com Bandcamp: http://jimguthrie.bandcamp.com/...
Hayden - Rainy Saturday [Official Video]
Official music video for "Rainy Saturday" from 'Us Alone' available now on Arts & Crafts. BUY PHYSICAL & MERCH: http://galleryac.com/artists/hayden.html BUY ...
Alaclair Ensemble & K6A - Brizasseurs de Fizzoules
Réalisé par Max Pouliot et Créations Rivales http://rivales.ca http://vimeo.com/maxpouliot Production: Robert Nelson et le Alaclair High Réal.: Max P...
KEN mode - "Counter Culture Complex" (Official Music Video)
SUBSCRIBE to Pitchfork.tv: http://bit.ly/MgXoZp MORE Music Videos: http://bit.ly/J27abt Three warriors awaken a demon, KEN mode perform in a snowy field. ---...
Kid Koala - '8 bit Blues (Chicago to LA to NY)' (Official Video)
Official video for Kid Koala's '8 bit Blues', taken from the album '12 bit Blues', released 17 September 2012 on Ninja Tune. Buy at the Ninjashop: http://bit...
Kobo Town - Across the Dark Waters
Great tune off de album call Independence Stand up Trinidad! I don own any rights to dis tune nor de picture. Jus put it up for everyone to enjoy.
Pierre Lapointe - PUNKT
Réalisation: Alexandre Grégoire www.vimeo.com/user500342.
I'M GONNA STAY THAT WAY - LeE HARVeY OsMOND
Official award-winning music video for Lee Harvey Osmond's "I'm Gonna Stay That Way" by director Ryan Furlong. Title: I'm Gonna Stay That Way Artist: LEE HAR...
Les sœurs Boulay || Par le chignon du cou [vidéoclip officiel]
Procurez-vous l'album « Le poids des confettis » ici: http://lessoeursboulay.bandcamp.com Ne manquez pas Les sœurs Boulay au Club Soda le 21 juin 2013 dans l...
Corb Lund - Gettin' Down on the Mountain (Online Exclusive)
Gettin' Down on the Mountain - share it! #cabinfever From the new album, 'Cabin Fever' in stores & online worldwide August 14, 2012 via New West Records. "We...
Old Man Luedecke - Little Stream of Whiskey (2012)
Official music video for Old Man Luedecke's 'Little Stream of Whiskey' from his latest album "Tender is the Night." For more info on the album visit www.oldm...
Daniel Romano - "Time Forgot (To Change My Heart)" - OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO
Directed by @KenGalloway, Produced by Supinder Wraich and Matt Power, Executive Producer: Cherie Sinclair, Coordinator: Alicia Moore, DOP: Juan Montalvo, Art...
The Luyas - "Montuno" (Official Video)
The Luyas - "Montuno" (Official Video) from the album 'Animator' released October 16, 2012 on Dead Oceans Director/Editor - Mylène Simard Cinematographer - K...
Majical Cloudz - Childhood's End
The first video from the album "Impersonator." Directed by Emily Kai Bock http://emilykaibock.com - Order at http://store.matadorrecords.com/impersonator -Ca...
Danny Michel & The Garifuna Collective OFFICIAL RELEASE PROMO
Danny Michel & The Benque Players, "Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me" Available September 18/2012 / Six Shooter Records Recorded at Stonetree Studios in Benqu...
A.C. Newman - "I'm Not Talking" (Official Music Video)
SUBSCRIBE to Pitchfork.tv: http://bit.ly/MgXoZp MORE Music Videos: http://bit.ly/J27abt The New Pornographers' A.C. Newman is the musical guest on a vintage-...
Lindi Ortega - The Day You Die (Official Video)
From The Album - Cigarettes & Truckstops iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/cigarettes-truckstops/id556953202 http://lindiortega.com http://www.facebo...
Peter Peter - Une version améliorée de la tristesse | Mission Osheaga 2012
Caméra/montage: Valérie Patry Tous droits réservés @Sors-tu.ca http://www.sorstu.ca/videos/
Rah Rah - Prairie Girl
Music video for the song "Prairie Girl" from the forthcoming album "The Poet's Dead" by Rah Rah. Available October 2nd digitally and October 22nd physically ...
Rhye - Open
Rhye "Woman" debut album available now http://smarturl.it/RhyeWoman Music video by Rhye performing Open. (C) 2013 Polydor Ltd. (UK)
Suuns - "2020" (Official Video)
Suuns - 'Images Du Futur' out March 5, 2013 on Secretly Canadian and on Secret City (Canada) iTunes - http://glnk.it/1xv // Amazon http://glnk.it/1xw // SCD ...
Hitting on Louise, performed by Al Tuck
Al Tuck and friends perform "Hitting on Louise" words by Alex Rettie music by Al Tuck.