In case you’re not sure what the Polaris Prize is all about, here’s a brief summary: it’s an independant prize (including $25,000 to the winner) awarded by a panel of judges to the best of the best of Canadian music. Each year, and this is the 4th year for the prize, a Long List of 40 album titles is announced. Shortly after, the Short List of 10 artists is announced before the final announcement of the winner in a grand gala in Toronto.
It’s a very exciting and prestigious award. The past three winners of the Polaris prize are:
2006: Final Fantasy, He Poos Clouds
2007: Patrick Watson, Close to Paradise
2008: Caribou, Andorra
Here’s to the 2009 Polaris Music Prize!!