First came the nominations, resulting in about 200 candidate albums. Then came the vote to bring things down to the Long List. Now after another round of voting by music wonks across the country (me included), we have these ten albums up for the 2019 Polaris Music Prize.
Marie Davidson – Working Class Woman
Elisapie – The Ballad of the Runaway Girl
FET.NAT – Le Mal
Dominique Fils-Aimé – Stay Tuned!
Les Louanges – La nuit est une panthère
Haviah Mighty – 13th Floor
PUP – Morbid Stuff
Jessie Reyez – Being Human In Public
Shad – A Short Story About A War
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – Trapline
An eclectic and interesting list to be sure.
Next up: The Polaris Gala event at the Carlu in Toronto on September 16. One of those albums will be selected by the members of Grand Jury that night. The winner will receive $50,000 in cash while the other nine will get a cheque for $3,000.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some listening to do.