07/16/2013 11:31 EDT | Updated 09/15/2013 05:12 EDT

Polaris Prize shortlists Tegan and Sara, A Tribe Called Red

Hit duo Tegan and Sara, aboriginal DJ collective A Tribe Called Red and indie rock darlings Metric are among this year's finalists vying for the Polaris Music Prize, the $30,000 music honour celebrating the year's best Canadian album.

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.