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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Polaris Prize Shortlist Revealed

Bloggers of the world, boot up your laptops and sharpen those witty retorts. The ten albums vying for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize were announced yesterday by CBC Radio 3 man about town Grant Lawrence and the guy whose band’s name I can’t repeat in my mother’s presence Damian Abraham.

And you know what?  I kinda like this list.  Bands returning to the shortlist include Montreal’s Arcade Fire with their much lauded album The Suburbs, as well as St. John’s Hey Rosetta! with Seeds. Both bands hold the distinction of being previously nominated in 2007 and 2009, respectively.

The remaining eight on the shortlist, are all newcomers.  The listing includes: Montreal’s Galaxie, whose Tigre et Diesel is the only French language album to make the list; Montreal’s Colin Stetson, who played on not only his own album, New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges, but also albums by Arcade Fire and Timber Timbre.  Rounding out the list were the always stalwart singer-songwriters Destroyer and Ron Sexsmith.

Here is the full list:

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
Austra – Feel It Break
Braids – Native Speaker
Destroyer – Kaputt Galaxie – Tigre et Diesel
Hey Rosetta! – Seeds Ron Sexsmith – Long Player Late Bloomer
Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
Timber Timbre – Creep On Creepin’ On
The Weeknd – House of Balloons

Let the prognosticating begin.  The 2011 winner will be revealed at CTV’s Concert Hall studios at Toronto’s Masonic Temple on Monday, September 19th at the Polaris Music Prize gala. The event will again be hosted by Grant Lawrence and Damian Abraham.

Leave your pick for winner in the comments.  I’m still...  Pondering.  Perhaps I’ll have my favourite by the Weeknd.

Past winners of the Polaris Music Prize have been Final Fantasy, Patrick Watson, Caribou, Fucked Up, and Karkwa.

Destroyer - Kaputt from Merge Records on Vimeo.

1 comment:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm sticking by my assertion that the year of the Arcade Fire will continue unabated.

That said, I haven't heard enough of the list to pick a personal favourite, but I am pleased to see hometown kids Braids representing.