As previously shared, I’m a proud member of this year’s Polaris Music Prize jury. While you can find out all you need to know about the prize at the link, suffice to say its aim is to award distinction (and $20,000) to the Canadian artist that releases the best album of the year, judged solely on artistic merit. In fact, check out the Long and Short Lists of years past for basically the ultimate Canadian playlist of the last five years. Seriously folks, I was turned on to at least one of my favourite bands via a Polaris long list. Last year’s winner (which surprised many, but sat well with me) was F***cked Up (pictured)’s The Chemistry Of Common Life.
Anyhow, this year was another great one for Canadian music, and while I’ve got a few slots chosen, I’m having a hell of a time filling the final two spots on my ballot of 5. Any help is appreciated. Which Canadian album, regardless of genre, label affiliation, etc., is your favourite from the past 12 months? Let’s get the discussion going here, folks.