TORONTO (CelebrityAccess) – The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music, has unveiled the 10 albums on the 2019 Short List.
This year’s nominees are: Marie Davidson’s Working Class Woman, Elisapie’s The Ballad of the Runaway Girl, FET.NAT’s Le Mal, Dominique Fils-Aimé’s Stay Tuned!, Les Louanges’ La nuit est une panthère, Haviah Mighty’s 13th Floor, PUP’s Morbid Stuff, Jessie Reyez’s Being Human In Public, Shad’s A Short Story About A War and Snotty Nose Rez Kids’ Trapline.
“This year’s Short List offers a mix of returning Polaris nominees and new voices in a terrific range of genres. As always, thanks to the jury for the care they take to come up with a Short List that represents what’s currently exciting in Canadian music. No matter what your taste, I think you’ll find something to love here,” said Polaris jury foreperson Katherine Duncan.
The Polaris Music Prize awards $50,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year, judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre or record sales. Additionally, the nine other nominated acts whose albums made the 2019 Short List will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music.
Albums eligible for 2019 Polaris Music Prize consideration must be released between May 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019. An independent jury of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada determine the Long List and Short List. Eleven people from the larger jury pool are then chosen to serve on the Grand Jury. This Grand Jury convenes on the night of the Gala to select the Polaris Music Prize winner.
Past winners of the Prize include: Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).
The 2019 winner will be determined at the Polaris Music Prize Gala. The event, which will be held at The Carlu in Toronto on September 16, will be hosted by CBC radio host Raina Douris and live-streamed globally at cbcmusic.ca/polaris.