The eighth annual Polaris Music Prize will be awarded during Monday’s awards ceremony.
The nomination process consisted of a longlist of 40 albums that were voted on by a jury of about 200 music journalists across Canada. The list was then shortened to 10 albums, the winner of which will be decided by jury on Monday. The winner will receive $30,000 in cash.
“If it is a band that is maybe a little bit less known that wins, that’s awesome, but that’s not why we’re here,” says Steve Jordan, the awards founder. “We’re just here to pick a record that we think is the best. I’m not saying we’re always right or always wrong, but we have a process and we’re very clear about it.”
“The thing about Polaris is that there never really is a frontrunner. What they should think about our grand jury process is that it’s a level playing field. Every record going into deliberations will have a fervent champion, and there are no foregone conclusions,” he says.
Past winner of the Polaris Music Prize include Arcade Fire, Feist and Caribou. The gala will be held at Toronto’s Carlu and will streamed live at Aux.tv. It is also available on Sirius XM’s Iceberg and Verge channels.
The nominees are:
- Godspeed You! Black Emperor, ’Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
- Zaki Ibrahim, Every Opposite
- Metric, Synthetica
- Metz, Metz
- Purity Rings, Shrine
- 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 this World Depends on this Kiss
- Young Galaxy, Ultramarine