Published Jul 15, 2014Following the long list of 41 nominees, the Polaris Music Prize has now announced its short list of 10 finalists.
The artists and albums in the running for this year's award are as follows:
Arcade Fire - Reflektor
Basia Bulat - Tall Tall Shadow
Mac DeMarco - Salad Days
Drake - Nothing Was the Same
Jessy Lanza - Pull My Hair Back
Owen Pallett - In Conflict
Shad - Flying Colours
Tanya Tagaq - Animism
Timber Timbre - Hot Dreams
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan - UZU
From these contenders, a grand jury will then select the winner. The final decision will be announced at a Toronto gala at the Carlu on September 22. The winner will get $30,000.
Canadian albums that came out between June 2013 and May 2014 are eligible for the prize, with the nominees selected by a national jury of journalists, broadcasters and bloggers. The jury selected albums based on artistic merit alone.
This is the prize's ninth instalment. Past winners are Final Fantasy (2006), Patrick Watson (2007), Caribou (2008), Fucked Up (2009), Karkwa (2010), Arcade Fire (2011), Feist (2012) and Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013).
Read Exclaim!'s list of five surprising omissions from this year's long list here.