The keenly-awaited announcement of the 2017 Polaris Music Prize Short List was made this morning (July 13), via a stream on the CBC website.
After a long series of thank yous to Prize sponsors and supporters, Polaris head Steve Jordan introduced CBC Radio's Raina Douris as host for this year's Gala. Douris was then given the task of reading out the 10 Short List nominees, taken from the Long List of 40.
In alphabetical order, the Polaris Music Prize 2017 Short List nominees are:
A Tribe Called Red - We Are The Halluci Nation
BadBadNotGood – IV
Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker
Gord Downie - Secret Path
Feist – Pleasure
Lisa LeBlanc - Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?
Lido Pimienta - La Papessa
Tanya Tagaq – Retribution
Leif Vollebekk - Twin Solitude
Weaves – Weaves
The final winner will be chosen by a grand jury on the night of the Polaris Music Prize Gala. The event will take place on September 18 at the Carlu in Toronto.
The Polaris Music Prize winner will receive a cash prize of $50,000. The nine runners-up will each receive $3,000, courtesy of Slaight Music.
An early perusal of the Short List shows it to be an intriguing mixture of artists. It includes beloved veterans (Gord Downie, Leonard Cohen), two previous Polaris winners (Feist and Tanya Tagaq), and four emerging artists (Pimienta, LeBlanc, Vollebekk and Weaves) whose names may well be completely unknown to a majority of Canadian music fans.
Notable omissions include Drake, the Tragically Hip, The Weeknd, and Mac DeMarco.