The 2012 Polaris Music Prize Short List was announced today at The Drake Hotel in Toronto, ON. Hosted by CBC Radio 3’s Craig Norris, the event was broadcast live on Sirius 152 and CBC Radio 3. Over 150 members of the music industry and media were present for the mid-day event, now celebrating its seventh year.
The 2012 Polaris Music Prize Short List is (in alphabetical order):
Cadence Weapon – Hope In Dirt City
Cold Specks – I Predict A Graceful Expulsion
Drake – Take Care
Kathleen Edwards – Voyageur
Feist – Metals
Fucked Up – David Comes To Life
Grimes – Visions
Handsome Furs – Sound Kapital
Japandroids – Celebration Rock
Yamantaka//Sonic Titan – YT//ST
“Our jury is showing an ever growing passion and dedication to reviewing, discussing and advocating their selections. This has resulted in a Short List of records that are musically focused, intense and in some cases highly personal. The process of selecting a winner should prove to be an invigorating challenge for our Grand Jury,” said Steve Jordan, Founder and Executive Director of the Prize.
The Polaris Music Prize awards $30,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year. Courtesy of Slaight Music, each of the nine other short listed artists will receive $2000.00. The prize is judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration of genre or record sales. Past winners are Arcade Fire, Karkwa, Fucked Up, Patrick Watson, Caribou and Final Fantasy. The eligibility period for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize runs from June 1, 2011 to May 31, 2012.
The winner will be revealed Monday, September 24th at the Polaris gala. That night an 11 grand jury, chosen from the larger jury pool of over 200 music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers will be sequestered at the historic Concert Hall at Bell Media’s Masonic Temple studios to vote for the winner. The gala will feature live performances by this year’s short list nominees and the entire event will stream live on Muchmusic.com and will be broadcast exclusively on SiriusXM (Sirius channels 151 and 152; XM channel 151) and CBC Radio 3. Highlights from the gala will air in a one-hour special, exclusively on MuchMusic, on Saturday, September 29th at 10pm ET.