POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE ANNOUNCES THE 2018 SHORT LIST
2018 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT GALA TO BE HELD SEPTEMBER 17
The Polaris Music Prize has announced its 2018 Short List of ten Canadian albums, which will vie for the Polaris Music Prize being presented Sept. 17 in Toronto.
The winner of the 2018 Polaris Music Prize will be revealed at the Polaris Music Prize Gala on Monday, September 17 at the Carlu in Toronto, which will also be live streamed at cbcmusic.ca/polaris.
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 make the 2018 Short List will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music.
Albums eligible for 2018 Polaris Music Prize consideration must be released between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018. 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 convene on the night of the Gala to select the Polaris Music Prize winner. This year’s 203 member jury considered a total of 225 albums for Long List selection.
Past winners have included 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).
Spill Magazine would like to congratulate the ten artists whose albums have been nominated to this year’s Polaris Music Prize Short List:
Alvvays – Antisocialites
Daniel Caesar – Freudian
Hubert Lenoir – Darlène
Jean-Michel Blais – Dans ma main
Jeremy Dutcher – Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa
Partner – In Search Of Lost Time
Pierre Kwenders – MAKANDA at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – The Average Savage
U.S. Girls – In A Poem Unlimited
Weaves – Wide Open