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What's New?: Polaris Music Prize Shortlist

Blog/MusicJuly 22nd 2020
Jamie Tennant

Instead of our usual new release round up, we wanted to do a quick overview of the recently announced Polaris Music Prize shortlist.

I’ve had the privilege of being on the Polaris jury since the inception of the award. I was super excited to be on the grand jury, and see all the behind-the-scenes workings, in 2013.  When choosing a winner for the $50,000 grand prize, the emphasis is on quality. What is the best album of the year, regardless of sales and other factors? That’s one reason it’s amazing to see the remarkable diversity of this year’s short list. In a time when it might be prudent to be “inclusive,” we have a list of the nation’s top 10 albums that is diverse on its own, not because of inclusivity mandates.

Want to know who made the list, and what they sound like? Here’s the short list in full, with links for each.

Backxwash - God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It 

Caribou - Suddenly 

Junia-T - Studio Monk 

Kaytranada - Bubba 

nêhiyawak - nipiy

Pantayo - Pantayo

Lido Pimienta - Miss Colombia 

Jessie Reyez - Before Love Came To Kill Us 

U.S. Girls - Heavy Light 

Witch Prophet - DNA Activation 

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