Polaris Music Prize

"CBC personality and former Moxy Fruvous frontman Jian Ghomeshi will host the inaugural Polaris Music Prize ceremony to honour the best Canadian album of the past year on September 18 at Toronto's Phoenix Concert Theatre." [Chart Attack]

"Owen Pallett and Rollie Pemberton make quite the unlikely pair." [Eye Weekly]

KNAANThe nominees are:

Broken Social Scene (Broken Social Scene)
Cadence Weapon (Breaking Kayfabe) (MP3s)
The Deadly Snakes (Porcella)
Final Fantasy (He Poos Clouds)
Sarah Harmer (I'm A Mountain)
K'NAAN (The Dusty Foot Philosopher)
Malajube (Trompe L'oeil)
Metric (Live It Out)
The New Pornographers (Twin Cinema)
Wolf Parade (Apologies To The Queen Mary)

And the judges are: Rupert Bottenberg (Montreal Mirror); Aaron Brophy (Chart);
Matt Galloway (CBC Radio); James Keast (Exclaim!); Grant Lawrence (CBC Radio 3); Sarah Liss (NOW); John Sakamoto (Toronto Star); Helen Spitzer (CFRU); Nicolas Tittley (MusiquePlus); Carl Wilson (The Globe & Mail); Jill Wilson (Winnipeg Free Press).

"The Polaris organization, btw, has mandated us to consider the albums solely on their merits qua albums, as recorded artifacts, not "overratedness" or "underratedness", the career positions or prospects of the artists, who "needs" the prize or doesn't, nor presumably any societal "extra-musical" concerns such as genre or race/class/gender etc. I assume this is a reaction to criticisms of erratic judging in the Mercury Prize in the UK, on which the Polaris is modelled. But it's a hallucination." [Zoilus]

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