Posted in music | pictures on July 13, 2008

words by BrooklynVegan Mike, photos by Ryan Muir

Basia Bulat

The shortlist for the 2008 Polaris Music Prize was announced last week.

a not-for-profit organization that annually honours, celebrates and rewards creativity and diversity in Canadian recorded music by recognizing, then marketing the albums of the highest artistic integrity, without regard to musical genre, professional affiliation, or sales history, as judged by a panel of selected critics and experts.
Unlike previous years, there are no "heavyweights" among the nominees. Stars is the biggest name on the list that also includes The Weakerthans and Black Mountain, but by no means do Stars tower over the other nominees like Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, and Feist did in years past. Except for maybe Stars, this year's shortlist is a collection of artists who haven't crossed over yet, but who have a good following and heavy rotation on college and CBC radio.

Crystal Castles, Born Ruffians, Destroyer, and Sandro Perri are conspicuously absent from this year's shortlist, although they did make the original 40-album long list. I think they should have also made the final cut. As we approach the awards, I will once again give my two cents on who I think will win, looking to avenge picking Feist over Patrick Watson, last year's eventual winner.

Basia Bulat also made the shorlist this year. Basia Bulat opened for Devotchka at Terminal 5 in May. Ryan took some pics that we haven't posted yet, so here they are. More of them and the entire 2008 shortlist, below...

Basia Bulat

Basia Bulat

Basia Bulat

Basia Bulat

Basia Bulat

Basia Bulat

Basia Bulat

Basia Bulat

Basia Bulat

Basia Bulat

Basia Bulat

Basia Bulat

Basia Bulat

Basia Bulat

The 2008 Polaris Prize shortlist

  • Basia Bulat - Oh, My Darling
  • Black Mountain - In the Future
  • Caribou - Andorra
  • Holy Fuck - LP
  • Kathleen Edwards - Asking for Flowers
  • Plants and Animals - Parc Avenue
  • Shad - The Old Prince
  • Stars - In Our Bedroom After The War
  • Two Hours Traffic - Little Jabs
  • The Weakerthans - Reunion Tour

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Comments (8)

I think Holy Fuck should win, but I know that Kathleen Edwards will win.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2008 1:47 AM

the acorn should have won,

Plants and animals will win, holy fuck i am reconsidering having seen them live

Posted by ro | July 13, 2008 8:20 AM

I never heard of Two Hour Traffic

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2008 9:06 AM

The Polaris Music Prize has become a joke to many of us Canadian music fans after seeing the winners chosen so far.

2006 - Final Fantasy beats Wolf Parade, Broken Social Scene, and New Pornographers.

2007 - Patrick Watson beats Arcade Fire, Besnard Lakes, and FEIST!?

2008 - Crystal Castles, Born Ruffians, Destroyer, City & Colour, Constantines, Tegan & Sarah, New Pornos, and Wintersleep all could/should have been shortlisted and weren't.

The Award seems to go to newer bands who could best use the money rather than to the band with the best record. Personally, I think the award should be split into two categories - Best New Artist (with the $20k) and Best Record (No prize money).

I hope Plants & Animals win, but they might already be too popular.

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2008 3:34 PM

broken social scene- brains = stars.

Posted by grace6697 | July 13, 2008 5:40 PM

what a babe

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2008 11:07 PM

Born Ruffians album is outstanding. One of the best I've heard all year. This Polaris Prize seems to be a joke.

Posted by pants | July 14, 2008 4:00 AM

Besnard Lakes should have won last year.

Caribou should win this year based on the short-list.

I'm a huge fan of BSS but I strongly disagree with the "BSS-brains = Stars" comment. Stars make some of the best indie-pop around. Don't think they should win for the newest album, though.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2008 11:46 AM

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