Arcade Fire, the Weeknd, Tanya Tagaq land on Polaris music prize long list
New album from Fire Arcade, weekend and Shad are among the honorees for this year’s Polaris Music Awards.
The stiff award for Best Canadian Album of the Year has been narrowed down to 40 nominees, who will now vie for a spot on the shortlist, to be revealed on July 14.
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Other artists in the run include rap duo Haisla Nation Snotty Nose Rez Kids, masked country singer Orville Peck and punk band Toronto Pup.
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Past Polaris Winners Tanya TagaqHaviah Mighty and Backxwash are both on the list with their latest projects.
The Polaris Music Awards award $50,000 to the artist or group that created the previous year’s best Canadian album – regardless of genre or sales – selected by a panel of journalists, broadcasters and bloggers.
Last year, the award went to a hip hop artist Cadence Weapon Because Parallel worldHis poetic reflections on race, policy, and technology, were largely inspired by the George Floyd protests in 2020.
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The long list was selected from the first 223 albums that were voted on.
Polaris winners will be announced September 19 at a gala dinner held in Toronto’s Carlu and webcast on CBC Music. The other shortlisted nominees each received $3,000.
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