The Polaris Prize is a labour of love. Every year, for large chunks of the year, Canada’s music scene toils behind the scenes, discussing (okay, arguing) about the country’s best albums of the year in the hopes of narrowing down thousands of nominees on a quest to find the next Polaris Prize winner. It all ends in September, where a deserving artist will be handed a well earned novelty sized cheque for $50,000.
To this point, the list had been squeezed down to 40, and today, the long list got a little bit shorter. Announced live on Facebook, here’s the 2017 Polaris Prize short list.
A Tribe Called Red – We Are The Halluci Nation
BADBADNOTGOOD – IV
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
Gord Downie – Secret Path
Feist – Pleasure
Lisa LeBlanc – Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?
Lido Pimienta – La Papessa
Tanya Tagaq – Retribution
Leif Vollebekk – Twin Solitude
Weaves – Weaves
The winner will be announced on September 18th at the Carlu in Toronto. See you there?