Albums by indie rock band Ombiigizi, singer-songwriter Lisa Leblanc and R&B artist Charlotte Day Wilson are among the ten finalists for this year’s Polaris Music Prize, organizers announced Thursday.
In addition to Ombiigizi sewn together and Wilson’s Alphatwo other early records were on the short list: pop rocker Kelly McMichael’s Waves and Frame of a Faun by Montreal experimenter Ouri.
The annual award, first presented in 2006, awards $50,000 to an artist for creating Canadian album of the year. Last year’s winner was rapper Cadence Weapon for his album Parallel world.
The other nine albums will each receive $3,000 from Slaight Music.
Albums released between May 1, 2021 and May 31, 2022 were eligible for this year’s award. A long list of 40 albums was announced in June.
A 197-member independent jury reviews its selections regardless of commercial performance or musical genre – 11 of those jurists will now join the grand jury, which will determine an eventual winner.
CBC Music will unveil the winning album on September 19 at the Polaris Gala in Toronto.
The complete short list of 10 albums:
- Destructive, Labyrinthitis.
- Pierre Kwenders, José Louis and the paradox of love.
- Lisa Leblanc, Chiac nightclub.
- Hubert Lenoir, The painting itself, directly from Music.
- Kelly McMichael, Waves.
- Ombiigizi, Sewn together.
- Yes, Frame of a fauna.
- Shad, Tao.
- Snotty Nose Ground Kids, Life after.
- Charlotte Day Wilson, Alpha.