Yesterday, the 2010 Polaris Music Prize Short List was announced. The Polaris Music Prize is a non-profit organization that annually honours and recognizes creative, diverse Canadian musicians regardless of genre, professional affiliation, or sales history and is judged by a panel of over 200 music journalists, radio broadcasters, music bloggers, and show programmers from radio stations and publications across Canada.
I first heard about the Polaris prize after Owen Pallett won it in 2006 for his album He Poos Clouds, which features the songs The Arctic Circle, Song Song Song, and This Lamb Sells Condos. Another one of my personal favourite bands, Caribou, won it in 2008 for his album Andorra. My favourite tracks on that album include Melody Day, Desiree, and After Hours.
This year, both Caribou and Owen are nominated again – Caribou for Swim, and Owen Pallett for Heartland. I think that both are fantastic albums, but I feel much more strongly about Heartland – I’ve seen him perform in concert twice this year already, and intend on going several more times. Owen Pallett is a fantastic, gifted musician and Heartland makes me think and feel things things that are as close to being drugged as I’ll probably ever get.
The winner of the Polaris prize gets $20,000 for releasing the best album of the year. If I had to make my own Short List, it would include Broken Social Scene, Caribou, The New Pornographers, Owen Pallett, Yukon Blonde, and Zeus.
So here’s the official short list – you’ll notice that it features some pretty big names and some small ones too but everything’s newly released. The Gala and Winner Announcement take place September 20, 2010.
THE BESNARD LAKES,
The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night
BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE,
Forgiveness Rock Record
(Grosse Coque, NS, Moncton, NB, Pointe-à-l’église, NS)
Les Chemins De Verre
Nice, Nice, Very Nice
TEGAN AND SARA,
(Vancouver, BC & Montréal, QC) Read More
I’m really excited to think of some of my favourite artists getting recognized with this huge honour! The fact that the Polaris Prize doesn’t discriminate between genres is fantastic.