Polaris Prize 2015
Polaris Music Prize is a not for profit organization that annually honours, celebrates and rewards creativity and diversity in Canadian recorded music. Polaris Music Prize recognizes and then markets the albums with the highest artistic integrity without bias in terms of genre, affiliation or album sales, it relies only on the judgement of selected music critics. Nine years in Polaris Music Prize has come along way since its humble beginnings in 2006.
The Shortlist for the 2015 Polaris Music Prize was unveiled on July 16th in Toronto. The ten Canadian albums who made the shortlist are:
Alvvays – Alvvays
BadBadNotGood with GhostfaceKillah – Sour Soul
Braids – Deep in the Iris
Caribou – Our Love
Jennifer Castle – Pink City
Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
Tobias Jesso Jr – Goon
New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers
Buffy St Marie – Power In The Blood
Viet Cong – Viet Cong
Some of the current short lister’s have been here before. Caribou won the Polaris Music Prize in 2008 with Andorra. Braids, Drake and New Pornographers have been nominated before. While Viet Cong Alvvays, and Tobias Jesso Jr are making their debut to the list.
The winner of this years Polaris Music Prize will recieve 50,000 dollars, to help them continue their journey in the world of music.
This year’s gala celebration will be a unique one, shortlist performing artists will collaborate as well as be joined on stage by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra to highlight and showcase the amazing diversity that is this years short list.
This year’s shortlist grand jury is Alicia Atout (Amusicblogyea), Sarah Greene(Exclaim), Ty Harper (Cityonmyback), Donna Hopper(Village media), Ken Kelley (Music nerd chronicles), Sarah Kitteringham (Beatroute), Barnaby Marshall(New canadian music), Dave Morris(freelance) Alan Neal(CBC All In A Day) Renato Pagnani(Edmonton Journal) Jen Zoratti(Winnepeg Free Press)
The winner will be decided upon by a grand jury at the Polaris Music Prize gala which will be held on Sept 21 at the Carlu in Toronto. The Gala will be hosted by Fred Penner and broadcast live via the web on Aux.tv.