The 2018 Polaris Music Prize short list was announced this morning (July 17).

The ten nominees, in alphabetical order, are:

Alvvays – Antisocialites

Jean-Michel Blais – Dans ma main

Daniel Caesar – Freudian

Jeremy Dutcher – Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa

Pierre Kwenders – MAKANDA at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time

Hubert Lenoir – Darlène

Partner – In Search Of Lost Time

Snotty Nose Rez Kids – The Average Savage

U.S. Girls – In A Poem Unlimited

Weaves – Wide Open

The Polaris Music Prize honours the best album by a Canadian artist in the past 12 months, based “solely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre or record sales.”

A jury of 203 members from across Canada whittled down 225 albums to a Long List of 40 and now this Short List. The Polaris winner takes home $50K. All runners-up will receive $3K, courtesy of Slaight Music.

The winner of the 2018 Polaris Music Prize will be chosen by a grand jury at the prize’s gala event, held at the Carlu in Toronto on Sept. 17.

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