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The 2016 Polaris Prize Short List was just announced

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Eric Wainwright Jul 14, 2016 1:48 am

The Polaris Prize Short List was released today, revealing the final 10 albums still in the running for the coveted Canadian prize.

Last month, the long list featured 40 Canadian albums up for consideration including both Drake’s Views and The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind The Madness. But the Polaris Prize prides itself on judging albums based solely on artistic merit – not record sales, international fame or genre – and as a result neither of those two incredibly successful albums found their way onto the short list.

Presented by CBC Music and produced by Blue Ant Media, the official Polaris Prize Short List is as follows:

Black Mountain – IV
Basia Bulat – Good Advice
Grimes – Art Angels
Carly Rae Jepsen – E•MO•TION
Kaytranada – 99.9%
Jessy Lanza – Oh No
PUP – The Dream Is Over
Andy Shauf – The Party
U.S. Girls – Half Free
White Lung – Paradise

The Polaris Music Prize Gala, where the winning album will be announced, will be held at The Carlu in Toronto on Monday, September 19 at 8 pm. The winner will take home a $50,000 first place prize while all nine runner’s up will receive $3,000.

Past winners of the Polaris Prize are as follows:

Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015)
Tanya Tagaq (2014)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013)
Feist (2012)
Arcade Fire (2011)
Karkwa (2010)
Fucked Up (2009)
Caribou (2008)
Patrick Watson (2007)
Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006)


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Eric Wainwright
Eric is the Toronto City Editor for Daily Hive and previously the Editor-in-Chief at Notable.ca. He is highly educated. He knows words. He has the best words.

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