Organizers of the Polaris Music Prize have announced the 10 shortlisted nominees for this year’s prestigious award.
The 10 Canadian albums on the list were released between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018 and will be judged solely on artistic merit.
The short list for this year’s awards was determined by an independent jury of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada, with 11 people from the larger jury pool to be selected to serve on the Grand Jury.
The Grand Jury will convene on the night of the awards gala to determine which act will be presented with this year’s Polaris Music Prize.
The winner, judged to have created the Canadian Album of the Year, will receive a $50,000 prize, with judging based entirely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre or record sales. The nine other nominated acts whose albums made the 2018 short list will receive $3,000 each, courtesy of Slaight Music.
“Many jurors expressed their difficulty narrowing down their ballots,” says Polaris jury foreperson Katherine Duncan of this year’s steep competition. “The diligence that went into their listening and consideration produced an incredible short list. These 10 titles traverse language and culture and highlight the beauty and richness of Canada’s musical life in 2018.”
The 2018 Polaris Music Prize short list is:
Alvvays – “Antisocialites”
Jean-Michel Blais – “Dans ma main
Daniel Caesar – Freudian”
Jeremy Dutcher – “Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa”
Pierre Kwenders – “MAKANDA at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time”
Hubert Lenoir – “Darlene”
Partner – “In Search Of Lost Time”
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – “The Average Savage”
U.S. Girls – “In A Poem Unlimited”
Weaves – “Wide Open”
The 2018 Polaris Music Awards will be hosted by Raina Douris, and will be held at The Carlu in Toronto on Sept. 17; the event will also be livestreamed at cbcmusic.ca/polaris.