After about a year of nominating, debating and two rounds of preliminary voting, we’ll finally have a winner for the 2017 Polaris Music Prize tonight. A Grand Jury of eleven people selected from the pool of 200 music wonks across the country (present company included) later today will be in charge of declaring of these ten albums the best Canada has had to offer in the last twelve months. That winner will receive a cheque for $50,000 while the other nine from the Short List will get $3,000 each.
Here are your nominees in alphabetical order:
- A Tribe Called Red – We Are The Halluci Nation
- BADBADNOTGOOD – IV
- Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
- Gord Downie – Secret Path
- Feist – Pleasure
- Lisa LeBlanc – Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?
- Lido Pimienta – La Papessa
- Tanya Tagaq – Retribution
- Leif Vollebekk – Twin Solitude
- Weaves – Weaves
The gala is set for the Carlu in Toronto starting at 8pm ET and will be broadcast live through CBC Music. (Go here.) Live performances will come from Feist, Lisa Leblanc, Lido Pimienta, Tanya Tagaq, Leif Vollebekk and Weaves.