By: Spacelab Research Staff
Canada's Polaris Music Prize is back with their Long List of names, soon to be reduced to a Short List, and then, boom! Winner. 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 — Leonard Cohen, Fucked Up, Handsome Furs, Metric, Pink Mountaintops, Wolf Parade, all semi-global names in their own right.
Other Polaris Music Prize winners include Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy (2006).
The Polaris Music Prize Gala will be held September 21st in Toronto. You can listen to the event and all of the performances on the CBC live broadcast, or on Sirius Satellite Radio.
The jury will vote from the Long List to determine the Short List of 10, to be revealed July 7 at the Drake Hotel in Toronto. The winner will receive $20,000 (thus the prize), 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, 2008 to May 31, 2009.
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:
Arkells - Jackson Square
Jill Barber - Chances
Beast - Beast
Bell Orchestre - As Seen Through Windows
Bison B.C. - Quiet Earth
Bruce Peninsula - A Mountain Is A Mouth
Cœur De Pirate - Cœur De Pirate
Leonard Cohen - Live In London
D-Sisive - Let The Children Die
Elephant Stone - The Seven Seas
Elliott Brood - Mountain Meadows
Fucked Up - The Chemistry Of Common Life
Great Lake Swimmers - Lost Channels
Handsome Furs - Face Control
Tim Hecker - An Imaginary Country
Hey Rosetta! - Into Your Lungs
Japandroids - Post-Nothing
Junior Boys - Begone Dull Care
K'NAAN - Troubadour
K-OS - YES!
La patère rose - La patère rose
Land Of Talk - Some Are Lakes
Lhasa - Lhasa
Malajube - Labyrinthes
Metric - Fantasies
One Hundred Dollars - Forest Of Tears
Pink Mountaintops - Outside Love
Joel Plaskett - Three
Snailhouse - Lies On The Prize
Charles Spearin - The Happiness Project
Rae Spoon - superioryouareinferior
The Stills - Oceans Will Rise
Think About Life - Family
Timber Timbre - Timber Timbre
Chad VanGaalen - Soft Airplane
Martha Wainwright - I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too
Patrick Watson - Wooden Arms
Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer
Women - Women
Woodpigeon - Treasury Library Canada