Drake and Feist lead Polaris Prize shortlist

07.17.12 5 years ago

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Canada’s prestigious Polaris Prize has narrowed down its list of nominees to ten very lucky finalists.

The prize spotlights the best album made by a Canadian artist, and this year’s shortlist is typically diverse.

Among the highlights are Top 40 star Drake, Edmonton rapper Cadence Weapon, Toronto art-punks Fucked Up, experimental one-woman show Grimes and singer-songwriter Leslie Feist (also affiliated with the previously short-listed Broken Social Scene). 

The winner will receive a $30,000 prize.

Previous winners include Arcade Fire, Final Fantasy, Patrick Watson, Caribou and Fucked Up (they’re going for a record).

Here’s the complete shortlist:

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”

The winner will be announced September 24.

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