Arcade Fire and Drake are among the artists short-listed for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize. The multi-award winning Montreal indie rockers' Reflector and the Toronto superstar rapper's Nothing was the Same were among ten albums announced as contenders for the prestigious Canadian music award on July 15 at The Carlu's Round Room in Toronto.
According to a news release posted July 15 at PolarisMusicPrize.ca, Arcade Fire have been short-listed for the third time and will attempt to repeat their 2011 Polaris Prize win (2010's The Suburbs). Drizzy was previously nominated for his 2011 studio album Take Care.
Other three-time short-list nominees up for this year's prize include Toronto indie instrumentalist Owen Pallett (In Conflict) and Vancouver-based rapper Shad (Flying Colours). Pallet a.k.a. Final Fantasy previously won in 2006 for his studio album He Poos Clouds. Other returnees to the short list include: Montreal experimental collective Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Toronto blues outfit Timber Timbre and Toronto folk multi-instrumentalist Basia Bulat while Montreal-based slacker rocker Mac DeMarco previously made the long-list.
Only two newcomers made the list, which include Hamilton, Ont. electronic singer-songwriter/producer Jessy Lanza and Nunavut-raised Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq.
Nominees were chosen by 200 Canadian journalists and music industry experts who selected the finalists from a 41-album list released last month. The Polaris Music Prize attempts to reward the best Canadian album of the year on artistic merit alone, without regard to commercial considerations.
The 2014 winner will be determined by an 11-member Grand Jury during the Polaris Gala at The Carlu in Toronto on September 22. Montreal actor/comedian Jay Baruchel will host the ceremony.
The 2014 Polaris Music Prize winner will receive a cheque for $30,000 and short listed artists each receive $2,000. For more information, check out the Polaris Music Prize official website.