2012 Polaris Prize shortlist revealed

July 17, 2012
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Polaris Prize shortlist announcement, Steve Jordan and Craig Norris - photo Dustin Rabin

Polaris Founder Steve Jordan and CBC Music’s Craig Norris reveal the 2012 Short List – photo credit Dustin Rabin

The 2012 Polaris Music Prize Short List was announced today at The Drake Hotel in Toronto, ON.  Hosted by CBC Radio 3’s Craig Norris, the event was broadcast live on Sirius 152 and CBC Radio 3.

The Polaris Prize is a prize given to the Canadian artist that a panel of almost 200 judges (bloggers, broadcasters, journalists and programmers) think produced the best album of the year. Sales are not taken into account.

The 2012 Polaris Music Prize Short List is (in alphabetical order):

Cadence Weapon – Hope In Dirt City
Cold Specks – I Predict A Graceful Expulsion
Drake – Take Care
Kathleen Edwards – Voyageur
Feist – Metals
Fucked Up – David Comes To Life
Grimes – Visions
Handsome Furs – Sound Kapital
Japandroids – Celebration Rock
YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN – YT//ST

“Our jury is showing an ever growing passion and dedication to reviewing, discussing and advocating their selections. This has resulted in a Short List of records that are musically focused, intense and in some cases highly personal. The process of selecting a winner should prove to be an invigorating challenge for our Grand Jury,” said Steve Jordan, Founder and Executive Director of the Prize

The Polaris Music Prize awards $30,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year. Courtesy of Slaight Music, each of the nine other short listed artists will receive $2000.00.  The prize is judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration of genre or record sales. Past winners are Arcade Fire, Karkwa, Fucked Up, Patrick Watson, Caribou and Final Fantasy.  The eligibility period for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize runs from 1 June 2011 to 31 May 2012.

The winner will be revealed Monday, 24 September at the Polaris gala. That night a grand jury of eleven, chosen from the larger jury pool of over 200 music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers will be sequestered at the historic Concert Hall at Bell Media’s Masonic Temple in Toronto to vote for the winner.

Look out for upcoming features on Music Vice covering the 2012 short list nominees in the run up to the September Gala, including artists interviews and an interview with Steve Jordan.

OH, and predictions? Opinions? Sure. Top 3: Japandroids, Fucked Up, Cadence Weapon.

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