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.