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2008 Polaris Music Prize Names Short List


By: Spacelab Research Staff

Canada's Polaris Music Prize has taken their long list, thought about it, and reduced to the Short List. The announcement was made today by CBC Radio 3's Grant Lawrence at the Drake Hotel in Toronto. It's their own version of the New Pantheon (US) or Australian Music Prize, Canada-style.


This year's finalists include some of the good names you'd expect — Black Mountain, Caribou, Stars, and Holy Fuck. Other Polaris Music Prize winners include Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy (2006).


The Polaris Music Prize Gala will be held September 29 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto. You can listen to the event and all of the performances on the CBC live broadcast, or on Sirius Satellite Radio, channel 86.


The winner will receive $20,000 (thus, the prize) will be awarded, judged solely on artistic merit, without regard to genre or record sales. The Polaris Music Prize is awarded to the best full-length Canadian album released from June 1, 2007 to May 31, 2008.


The list was selected by 180 members of the Polaris Music Prize jury, which consists of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada. They try to avoid bias or old school deal-making by making sure that no music industry personnel with direct financial relationships with artists vote for Polaris.


Check out the bands on the Short List below:


Click to play STREAM: Black Mountain


Click to play STREAM: Plants and Animals


Click to play STREAM: Basia Bulat


Click to play STREAM: Stars


 STREAM: Caribou


Click to play STREAM: Shad


Click to play STREAM: Kathleen Edwards


Click to play STREAM: Two Hours Traffic


Click to play STREAM: Holy Fuck


Click to play STREAM: The Weakerthans




2008 Polaris Music Prize Short List
Black Mountain – In The Future
(Vancouver, BC)

Plants and Animals – Parc Avenue
(Montréal, QC)

Basia Bulat – Oh, My Darling
(London, ON)

Stars – In Our Bedroom After The War
(Montréal, QC)

Caribou – Andorra
(Dundas, ON)

Shad – The Old Prince
(London, ON)

Kathleen Edwards – Asking For Flowers
(Ottawa, ON)

Two Hours Traffic – Little Jabs
(Charlottetown, PE)

Holy Fuck – LP
(Toronto, ON)

The Weakerthans – Reunion Tour
(Winnipeg, MB)

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