Short List of Canada's Polaris Music Prize Nominees Revealed

July 9, 2009  |  11:42am
Not too long ago, we revealed to you the prestigious Long List of nominees for this year's Polaris Music Prize, Canada's top nod to indie musicians. And Tuesday, the even-more-prestigious, whittled-down Short List was revealed. 

Steve Jordan, the founder and executive director of the Polaris Music Prize, says he's extremely pleased with this year's batch, voted on by a jury of music journalists, bloggers and broadcasters. “If there’s a common thread to these records, it’s that each artist built on previous successes by pushing themselves into even riskier artistic dimensions," Jordan announced via the Polaris blog. "Listeners will find the jury picked quite an ambitious crop this year. This is exactly the kind of artistry that Polaris aims to support.”

For the first time in the award's four-year history, the Short List doesn't include any debut albums. Also for the first time, it includes artists who have been nominated in past years; six of the 10 nominees have made the cut before.

The winner will be announced at a televised gala on Sept. 21.

The Short List:
1. Elliott Brood - Mountain Meadows
2. Fucked Up - The Chemistry Of Common Life
3. Great Lake Swimmers - Lost Channels
4. Hey Rosetta! - Into Your Lungs (and around in your heart and on through your blood)
5. K’NAAN - Troubadour
6. Malajube - Labyrinthes
7. Metric - Fantasies
8. Joel Plaskett - Three
9. Chad VanGaalen - Soft Airplane
10. Patrick Watson - Wooden Arms

Related Links:
News: Leonard Cohen, Wolf Parade, Junior Boys, Many More Make Polaris Music Prize Long List
Review: Malajube - Labyrinthes
Review: Fucked Up - The Chemistry of Common Life

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