A jury of 185 music writers, broadcasters and bloggers drew up a short list of 10 of the best Canadian albums released between June 1, 2007, and May 31, 2008.
The prize is meant to honour, celebrate and reward creativity and diversity in Canadian music, without any consideration given to sales figures.
This year's nominees include Basia Bulat, Black Mountain, Caribou, Holy Fuck, Plants and Animals, Kathleen Edwards, Shad, Stars, Two Hours Traffic and the Weakerthans.
The gala event was held at the Phoenix in downtown Toronto. In 2006, Final Fantasy's album was selected over records by Broken Social Scene, Sarah Harmer, Metric and the New Pornographers and in 2007 Patrick Watson’s debut album Close to Paradise took top honours.
It was a hard fought race with all of the nominated albums being serious contenders for this coveted prize. I sure didn’t envy the jury on this one.