The Besnard Lakes @ Bowery Ballroom in March (more by Andrew St Clair)
Besnard Lakes

The short list for the 2010 Polaris Prize has been announced. The ten nominees are below...

HERE, NOW, OUR 2010 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE SHORT LIST.

THE BESNARD LAKES,
The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night
(Montréal, QC)

OWEN PALLETT,
Heartland
(Toronto, ON)

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE,
Forgiveness Rock Record
(Toronto, ON)

RADIO RADIO,
Belmundo Regal
(Grosse Coque, NS, Moncton, NB, Pointe-à-l'église, NS)

CARIBOU,Swim
(Dundas, ON)

THE SADIES,
Darker Circles
(Toronto, ON)

KARKWA,
Les Chemins De Verre
(Montréal, QC)

SHAD,
TSOL
(London, ON)

DAN MANGAN,
Nice, Nice, Very Nice
(Vancouver, BC)

TEGAN AND SARA,
Sainthood
(Vancouver, BC & Montréal, QC)

Young Galaxy, who we previously mentioned as a long list nominee, didn't make the cut, but Dan Mangan, who will be touring through NYC in September, did. Caribou, who play Governors Island this month (and DJ at Glasslands the same night), also made the list.

SOME SHORT LIST FACTS:

TWO ARTISTS HAVE WON POLARIS PREVIOUSLY:
Owen Pallet (Final Fantasy) - He Poos Clouds in 2006.
Caribou - Andorra in 2008.

FIVE ARTISTS HAVE MADE THE SHORT LIST PREVIOUSLY. THEY ARE:
The Besnard Lakes (2007)
Broken Social Scene (2006)
Caribou (2008)
Owen Pallett (2006)
Shad (2008)

FIVE HAVE NOT. THEY ARE:
Karkwa
Dan Mangan
Radio Radio
The Sadies
Tegan And Sara

TWO ARTISTS, KARKWA AND RADIO RADIO, SING OR RAP IN FRENCH.

ONE, RADIO RADIO, IS ACADIAN.

A jury of 198 music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada submitted their top five picks for best Canadian album released between June 1, 2009 and May 31, 2010. These picks were narrowed down to a Long List of 40 which was made public June 17, 2010. A Grand Jury of 11 members will be specially selected to convene and determine this year's winner on location at the Polaris gala.

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