Polaris Prize 2014: Drake, Arcade Fire, Timber Timbre Make Short List
Well-known names are interspersed with indie darlings like Timber Timbre and Mac DeMarco in the running for Canada's best album of the year.
The short list for the 2014 Polaris Prize was revealed in Toronto today, with a mix of commercial hits via Arcade Fire and Drake, as well as indie favorites by Timber Timbre (Hot Dreams) and Mac DeMarco (Salad Days) among the 10 acts in the running for Canada's best album of the year.
The finalists, which were announced at the the Carlu's Round Room, are determined by an independent jury of over 200 journalists, broadcasters, bloggers and programmers. An 11-member grand jury selects the big winner on the night of the awards, which will take place Sept. 22.
Post-rock collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor won last year's prize, which included $30,000, for its album Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! Previous winners include Feist, Fucked Up and Arcade Fire.
This year's shortlisted nominees include:
Arcade Fire, Reflektor
Jessy Lanza, Pulled My Hair Back
Mac DeMarco, Salad Days
Drake, Nothing Was the Same
Shad, Flying Colours
Owen Pallett, In Conflict
Timber Timbre, Hot Dreams
Tanya Tagaq, Animism
Basia Bulat, Tall Tall Shadow
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, UZU