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2017 Polaris Music Prize Announces Its 10 Short List Albums

July 13th, 2017

Polaris short listThe Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music and produced by Blue Ant Media, today announced its 2017 Short List of 10 Canadian albums which will vie for the Polaris Music Prize being decided Sept. 18 in Toronto.

The 2017 Short List was announced by CBC Radio 2 Morning host and Polaris juror Raina Douris. Douris will also host the Polaris Music Prize Gala, which will be held at The Carlu in Toronto and live-streamed at and on CBC Music’s Facebook  page and YouTube channel.

2017 Polaris Music Prize Short List:


A Tribe Called RedWe Are The Halluci Nation


Leonard CohenYou Want It Darker

Gord DownieSecret Path

Feist – Pleasure

Lisa LeBlancWhy You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?  

Lido PimientaLa Papessa 

Tanya TagaqRetribution

Leif VollebekkTwin Solitude


On CBC Radio 2 at 6 p.m. (6:30 p.m. NT) tonight, CBC Music will feature a special hour-long broadcast celebrating the Polaris Music Prize Short List on Drive with Rich Terfry. Tune in online or find your local CBC Radio 2 frequency at, and visit for more coverage.

The eligibility period for the 2017 Polaris Music Prize runs from June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017. An independent jury of music journalists, broadcasters and music bloggers from across Canada determines the Long List and Short List. Eleven people are selected from the larger jury pool to serve on the Grand Jury and they will convene the night of the gala to select the Polaris Music Prize winner.

The Polaris Music Prize will award $50,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year. Each of the nine other short-listed artists will receive $3,000 courtesy of Slaight Music. Judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration of genre or record sales, the prize’s past winners are Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007), and Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).

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