Polaris Music Prize 2012

And from many….there were one. The Polaris Music Prize was started in 2006 to recognize the best full length Canadian album, solely based on merit. It has acted as a who’s who of Canada’s impeccable music scene, with past shortlisters including Arcade Fire (who took home the prize last year,) K’naanThe WeekndBroken Social Scene, and other great bands. This year’s crop was just as strong as ever. Below are the long list, then the short list nominees, then this year’s winner of the prize.

Long List Nominees:

A Tribe Called Red — A Tribe Called Red
Marie-Pierre Arthur — Aux alentours
Rich Aucoin — We’re All Dying To Live
Avec pas d’casque — Astronomie
Azari & III — Azari & III
Bahamas — Barchords
The Barr Brothers — The Barr Brothers
Blackie And The Rodeo Kings — Kings And Queens
Cadence Weapon — Hope In Dirt City
Kathryn Calder — Bright And Vivid
Cannon Bros — Firecracker / Cloudglow
Coeur de Pirate — Blonde
Leonard Cohen — Old Ideas
Cold Specks — I Predict A Graceful Expulsion
Rose Cousins — We Have Made A Spark
Mark Davis — Eliminate The Toxins
Drake — Take Care
Kathleen Edwards — Voyageur
Feist — Metals
Fucked Up — David Comes To Life
Great Lake Swimmers — New Wild Everywhere
Grimes — Visions
Handsome Furs — Sound Kapital
Japandroids — Celebration Rock
Dan Mangan — Oh Fortune
Mares Of Thrace — The Pilgrimage
Ariane Moffatt — MA
Lindi Ortega — Little Red Boots
Parlovr — Kook Soul
Sandro Perri — Impossible Spaces
Joel Plaskett Emergency — Scrappy Happiness
PS I Love You — Death Dreams
John K. Samson — Provincial
Shooting Guns — Born To Deal In Magic: 1952-1976
The Slakadeliqs — The Other Side of Tomorrow
Patrick Watson — Adventures In Your Own Backyard
Bry Webb — Provider
The Weeknd — Echoes of Silence
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan — YT//ST
Yukon Blonde — Tiger Talk

Short List Nominees:

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

And the winner is…

Feist. Feist took home this year’s prize with her folksy alternative album Metals.

Each of the artists mentioned here are fantastic, and show the diversity and depth of the Canadian music scene. If you’re looking for some fresh beats, start exploring!

– Zayniac

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