Canada's big Polaris Music Prize just released their short list for 2013, ten names of who's-who in Canadian music. The list looks tight this year with odds-on favorites Godspeed You! Black Emperor leading the list alongside METZ and Metric, among others. The Polaris Music Prize is awarded to the best full-length Canadian album released from June 1, 20012 to May 31, 2013; it's considered to be the Canadian Album of the Year.
"This moody and exciting list is proof that the 'Canadian sound' has no stylistic boundaries. In equal measure we welcome the seven rookies and three repeat nominees to this year's Short List," said Polaris Founder and Executive Director Steve Jordan.
200+ writers, editors, producers and media people form the jury pool to make their picks from the long list. From there, the votes were worked into the Polaris Prize Short List. The winner will be announced on Sept. 23 in Toronto, and they'll get a giant check for $30,000. No word yet on whether Ed Mcmahon will do the hand-off.
Past winners of the Polaris Music Prize: Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy (Owen Pallett) (2006).
Cast your votes! Who should win?
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
Zaki Ibrahim – Every Opposite
Metric – Synthetica
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