Wednesday, July 09, 2008

The 2008 Polaris Music Prize Short List


The 2008 Polaris Music Prize Short List

Hello music lovers,

The 40-strong Polaris Long List has been carefully pared down to 10 by our
178 member jury. We call it the Short List, and here it is in alphabetical

Black Mountain
Black Mountain - In The Future (Vancouver, BC)
official site | MySpace
Plants and Animals
Plants and Animals – Parc Avenue (MontrĂ©al, QC)
official site | MySpace
Basia Bulat
Basia Bulat - Oh, My Darling (London, ON)
official site | MySpace
Shad – The Old Prince (London, ON)
Caribou - Andorra (Dundas, ON)
official site | MySpace
Stars – In Our Bedroom After The War (MontrĂ©al, QC)
official site | MySpace
Kathleen Edwards
Kathleen Edwards - Asking For Flowers (Ottawa, ON)
official site | MySpace
Two Hours Traffic
Two Hours Traffic – Little Jabs (Charlottetown, PE)
official site | MySpace
Holy Fuck
Holy Fuck - LP (Toronto, ON)
official site | MySpace
The Weakerthans
The Weakerthans – Reunion Tour (Winnipeg, MB)
official site | MySpace

"With the level of international acclaim for the albums and artists on our Long List, we expected, and got, a close battle for the top 10 slots," says Polaris Executive Director Steve Jordan. "The result is rich mixture of styles from different regions, which once again points to the seemingly bottomless artistic vitality of Canadian music."

Go to to hear tracks from each of the nominated artists and to explore links to each of their sites.

Gala & Broadcast & Contest

The 3rd Polaris Music Prize Gala date has been set for September 29 and will be held once again at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto. Grant Lawrence of CBC's Radio 3 will once again be the host for the evenings festivities. The event is invite only, but there are two ways for you to follow the action:

1) Win the contest

Check back at We'll soon be announcing details of the first ever contest that will fly you and 5 friends to the Gala in Toronto, along with free Nokia handsets! There'll be other prizes too! All the details will be available in a matter of days.

2) Listen to the broadcast.

Thanks to the good folks at Sirius Satellite Radio, CBC Radio 3 will once again be broadcasting the Gala live. Performances from the nominees, testimonials by the jury, speeches by the artists, and Grant Lawrence cracking wise, all delivered to our browser via, or your Sirius Satellite receiver on their new home on the dial, channel 86.

Buy Polaris! Get Polaris free!

We will soon reveal how you can get a free download card with a track from each of our Short List artists with the purchase of any one of their records at a participating physical retail outlet. Check back at or watch for our ads in Chart and Exclaim! for details.

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