Polaris Music Prize Shortlist Announced

The shortlist of nominations for the second annual Polaris Music Prize were announced today. The results show a more pop/rock-heavy list of ten with fewer surprises than last year's nicely rounded group of nominees. The nods go a little something like this:

Arcade Fire Neon Bible (Merge/F>A>B)

The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse (Jajaguwar/Outside Music)

The Dears Gang of Losers (Maple)

Julie Doiron Woke Myself Up (Endearing/Universal)

Feist The Reminder (Arts & Crafts/EMI)

Junior Boys So This Is Goodbye (Domino/Outside)

Miracle Fortress Five Roses (Secret City Records/Fusion III)

Joel Plaskett Emergency Ashtray Rock (Maple/Universal)

Chad VanGaalen Skelliconnection (Flemish Eye/Outside)

Patrick Watson Close To Paradise (Secret City/Fusion III)

Last year's inaugural event was won by Final Fantasy for his album He Poos Clouds. This year's winner will be chosen at the Polaris Gala on September 24.