The Polaris Music Prize announced their 2012 Short List today, narrowing their list to ten acts that will vie for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize. The Short List finalists were announced at an event in Toronto, and it included names like Handsome Furs, Grimes, Cadence Weapon, Japandroids, Feist and others who will vie for the Polaris Prize. Check out the full list below.
200+ writers, editors, producers and media people in the jury pool made their 5 picks from the Polaris Prize Long List. Now it's all about the Polaris Gala in Toronto on Sep. 24, where they'll announce the Polaris Music Prize winner, who gets a giant check for $30,000. Artists are judged solely on artistic merit, without regard to genre or record sales, and the Polaris Music Prize is awarded to the best full-length Canadian album released from June 1, 2011 to May 31, 2012.
"The year's list deliciously illustrates the burgeoning sense of community in our jury. Almost half of the selections on this list were the direct result of passionate recommendations made by individual members to their peers. We hope the ultimate result of this dialogue will likewise inform the taste of adventurous music lovers from Canada and the world," said Polaris Founder and Executive Director Steve Jordan.
Other Polaris Music Prize winners include Arcade Fire (2011) Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009) Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy (2006).
Cadence Weapon – Hope In Dirt City
Cold Specks - I Predict A Graceful Expulsion
Drake - Take Care
Kathleen Edwards – Voyageur
Feist – Metals
Fucked Up – David Comes to Life
Grimes – Visions
Handsome Furs – Sound Kapital
Japandroids – Celebration Rock
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan – YT//ST