The Polaris Music Prize nominees are...

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$20,000 Polaris Music Prize to be decided and awarded to artist deemed to have recorded the Canadian Album of the Year

Broken Social Scene - Broken Social Scene
Cadence Weapon - Breaking Kayfabe
The Deadly Snakes - Porcella
Final Fantasy - He Poos Clouds
Sarah Harmer - I’m A Mountain
K’naan - The Dusty Foot Philosopher
Malajube - Trompe L’oeil
Metric - Live It Out
The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary

pinder (pinder), Tuesday, 4 July 2006 21:49 (fifteen years ago) link

Who decides?

Binjominia (Brilhante), Tuesday, 4 July 2006 21:59 (fifteen years ago) link

Because I'd like a say.

Binjominia (Brilhante), Tuesday, 4 July 2006 22:02 (fifteen years ago) link

Journalists, radio people and some bloggers

pinder (pinder), Tuesday, 4 July 2006 22:13 (fifteen years ago) link

Polaris Music Prize? Does this award have something to do with Stig Anderson and ABBA? Oh, I guess that's the Polar Music Prize.

The Player In The Redd Cap (Two-Headed Doge) (Ken L), Tuesday, 4 July 2006 22:31 (fifteen years ago) link

i think its worth a shot, and will probably net some decent acts a bit of press in the Globe & Mail and on the CBC, plus 20 g's for somebody. why not?

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Wednesday, 5 July 2006 12:56 (fifteen years ago) link

Metric can not possibly be considered. Is that a joke?

Saint Patrik (cobaininacoma), Wednesday, 5 July 2006 22:28 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm very happy that CBC's alterna-boy wonder George Stroumboulopoulos gets to help in the decision.

Why is Metric any more of a joke than most of the other nominees? (Not that Metric's any good but it's not like they're much worse than Wolf Parade and given their popularity, they seem kinda obvious)

Jacobo Rock (jacobo rock), Wednesday, 5 July 2006 23:04 (fifteen years ago) link

Go Snakes!

js (honestengine), Wednesday, 5 July 2006 23:14 (fifteen years ago) link

I just didn't know that Metric was very popular, that's all (in addition to being mediocre in sound, presentation, and lyrics).

Saint Patrik (cobaininacoma), Thursday, 6 July 2006 19:33 (fifteen years ago) link

what a paltry prize fund.

jed_ (jed), Thursday, 6 July 2006 19:35 (fifteen years ago) link

What a shitty list of bands

Machibuse '80 (ex machina), Thursday, 6 July 2006 19:36 (fifteen years ago) link

Cadence/New Porno in Western Canada token non-shocka.

Huk-L (Huk-L), Thursday, 6 July 2006 19:38 (fifteen years ago) link

I want none of those people to win.

Okay, take it back-- even though I don't like the album, Owen should win for his morsel of vertically-composed cloudy poo.

trees (treesessplode), Thursday, 6 July 2006 20:42 (fifteen years ago) link

Thank you, Trees. Also, the version of the album you downloaded was unmixed.

If "He Poos Clouds" wins, I'm founding a new award with the prize money. It's called the "Rogers Wireless Biggest Tits in Canada" award. I'm writing the mission statement right now.

But my money is on Metric. Cadence Weapon 1st runner up.

Owen Pallett (Owen Pallett), Friday, 7 July 2006 05:17 (fifteen years ago) link

yeah, maybe i should try to get another version? yes. i will.

trees (treesessplode), Friday, 7 July 2006 05:26 (fifteen years ago) link

Okay, and I take constructive criticism. Happy downloading.

Owen Pallett (Owen Pallett), Friday, 7 July 2006 05:36 (fifteen years ago) link

i mean, i know someone who actually bought it. i can listen to it at their place.

trees (treesessplode), Friday, 7 July 2006 05:39 (fifteen years ago) link

Yeah, Metric to win, they're very popular. HIGH SCHOOL KIDS LIKE 'EM! And not even, like, high school kids who try to sneak in to bars. I'm talking about High School Kids who enjoy being High School Kids!
I think Sarah Harmer for 2nd, because she's even more popular, but a lot less cool, but still sort of, I don't know, FEMALE.

Huk-L (Huk-L), Friday, 7 July 2006 14:04 (fifteen years ago) link


Rollie Pemberton (Rollie Pemberton), Sunday, 16 July 2006 00:03 (fifteen years ago) link

i'll also add i bought the new final fantasy cd in order to check out the competition.

Rollie Pemberton (Rollie Pemberton), Sunday, 16 July 2006 00:04 (fifteen years ago) link

two months pass...
Winner is Final Fantasy. Congrats Owen, can't wait for "Rogers Wireless Biggest Tits in Canada" award.

pinder (pinder), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 04:07 (fourteen years ago) link

Woo woo! Owen! Hooray!

sean gramophone (Sean M), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 07:31 (fourteen years ago) link

this has renewed my faith in music awards.

Quinn (quinn), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 08:30 (fourteen years ago) link


Steve Go1dberg (Steve Schneeberg), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 13:03 (fourteen years ago) link

Congrats, Owen!

jaymc (jaymc), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 13:45 (fourteen years ago) link

I can't wait for the "Rogers Wireless Biggest Tits in Canada" award. When do we get a list of the nominees?

Jacobo Rock (jacobo rock), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 13:58 (fourteen years ago) link

pam anderson
neko case
margaret atwood

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 14:01 (fourteen years ago) link

yeah owen, i do declare: though i may not be the biggest fan of 'he poos clouds,' i salute you and would buy you a nice tall beer if we were in close proximity to one another.

trees (treesessplode), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 14:09 (fourteen years ago) link


I swear, Canada is paradise. Rollie you're totally getting some pop tracks for this.

Owen Pallett (Owen Pallett), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 19:36 (fourteen years ago) link

After seeing your first post-polaris show last night, I was disappointed that there was no announcement of the Biggest Tits in Canada nominees.

Quinn (quinn), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 20:45 (fourteen years ago) link

There is already a winner! But it's a secret for now.

Owen Pallett (Owen Pallett), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 20:48 (fourteen years ago) link

three years pass...

Heh, this thread.

Fucked Up won this year then. Woop. Checking out Malajube as I type - based on one listen of this and the FU album, Labyrinthes is a more worthy victor, perhaps?

Background Zombie (CharlieNo4), Wednesday, 23 September 2009 10:44 (eleven years ago) link

nine months pass...

2010 nominees announced:

The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night
Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record
Caribou - Swim
Karkwa - Les Chemins De Verre
Dan Mangan - Nice, Nice, Very Nice
Owen Pallett - Heartland
Radio Radio - Belmundo Regal
The Sadies - Darker Circles
Shad - TSOL
Tegan and Sara - Sainthood

sofatruck, Tuesday, 6 July 2010 19:27 (eleven years ago) link

i fucking hate canada.

marc iv, Tuesday, 6 July 2010 20:28 (eleven years ago) link

who are the nominees for the rogers wireless biggest tits in canada award this year

teledyldonix, Tuesday, 6 July 2010 20:45 (eleven years ago) link

eleven months pass...

2011 Longlist

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
Austra – Feel It Break
Braids – Native Speaker
Black Mountain – Wilderness Heart
Buck 65 – 20 Odd years
Louise Burns – Mellow Drama
D-Sisive – Jonestown 2: Jimmy Go Bye Bye
The Dears – Degeneration Street
Destroyer – Kaputt
Diamond Rings – Special Affections
Dirty Beaches –Badlands
Luke Doucet and The White Falcon – Steel City Trawler
Eternia & MoSS – At Last
Galaxie – Tigre Et Diesel
Jenn Grant – Honeymoon Punch
Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972
Hey Rosetta – Seeds
Hooded Fang – Album
Imaginary Cities – Temporary Resident
Land Of Talk – Cloak and Cipher
Little Scream – The Golden Record
The Luyas – Too Beautiful to Work
Malajube – La Caverne
Miracle Fortress – Was I The Wave?
One Hundred Dollars – Songs Of Man
Doug Paisley – Constant Companion
PS I Love You – Meet Me At The Muster Station
Daniel Romano – Sleep Beneath the Willow
The Rural Alberta Advantage – Departing
Ron Sexsmith – Long Player Late Bloomer
Shotgun Jimmie – Transistor Sister
Sloan – The Double Cross
Frederick Squire – March 12
Stars – The Five Ghosts
Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
Timber Timbre – Creep On Creepin’ On
The Weeknd – House Of Balloons
Women – Public Strain
Neil Young ¬- Le Noise
Young Galaxy – Shapeshifting

LaMonte, Saturday, 18 June 2011 00:11 (ten years ago) link

three weeks pass...

2011 Shortlist

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
Austra – Feel It Break
Braids – Native Speaker
Destroyer – Kaputt
Galaxie – Tigre Et Diesel
Hey Rosetta – Seeds
Ron Sexsmith – Long Player Late Bloomer
Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
Timber Timbre – Creep On Creepin’ On
The Weeknd – House Of Balloons

sofatruck, Sunday, 10 July 2011 14:24 (ten years ago) link

enjoyed Destroyer, Stetson and Braids the most out of these. in fact I love all three of em to bits.

I'm A Genius, Too! (Jamie_ATP), Sunday, 10 July 2011 17:34 (ten years ago) link

I predict either Arcade Fire or Stetson, on basis of what I've heard and read (if unusually prominent and consistently favorable coverage of bass sax helps; plus status guests like Laurie Anderson). Unless there's a reaction against that sort of thing? Why did Neil's Neily-as-hell hippy-dippy solo set (which at least flaunts his still-robust electric guitar chops) get cut from the short list?

dow, Sunday, 10 July 2011 18:22 (ten years ago) link

Even though it was recorded and mixed in realtime by Lanois!

dow, Sunday, 10 July 2011 18:23 (ten years ago) link

I predicted Stetson FTW back when the longlist came out. really hoping he takes it, his recent show here was Herculean.

THIS IS SATIRE BTW (Simon H.), Sunday, 10 July 2011 18:28 (ten years ago) link

In addition to Judges, Colin played sax on both the AF and Timber Timbre records.

Boehner & der club of GOP (Ówen P.), Sunday, 10 July 2011 18:43 (ten years ago) link

I'm preditcing either Stetson or Destroyer as the winners, with Hey Rosetta and The Weeknd as other possibilities.

MarkoP, Sunday, 10 July 2011 18:46 (ten years ago) link

having arcade fire win this would risk total irrelevance, such an imperceptibly faint addition to their earlier victories, like no one might even notice

nicki minaj - superb ass (flopson), Sunday, 10 July 2011 19:26 (ten years ago) link

Young Galaxy is my favourite off the longlist that I've heard, disappointed it's not made the shortlist.

ha ha ha ha jack my swag (boxedjoy), Sunday, 10 July 2011 21:00 (ten years ago) link

three years pass...

2015 long-list is out. Is it always so indie-heavy? Don't have much to say about these because (like most people probably) I've only heard a few of these. Of the ones I've listened to I like Absolutely Free, Cold Specks, Frazey Ford and Milk & Bone but I can't see any of them winning. I think Buffy will get it (haven't heard it btw).

Absolutely Free - Absolutely Free.
The Acorn - Vieux Loup
Lydia Ainsworth - Right From Real
Alvvays - Alvvays
Arkells - High Noon
Rich Aucoin - Ephemeral
BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah - Sour Soul
Bahamas - Bahamas Is Afie
The Barr Brothers - Sleeping Operator
Braids - Deep in the Iris
Steph Cameron - Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady
Caribou - Our Love
Jazz Cartier - Marauding in Paradise
Jennifer Castle - Pink City
Cold Specks - Neuroplasticity
Louis-Jean Cormier - Les grandes artères
Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World
Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late
Frazey Ford - Indian Ocean
Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon
B.A. Johnston - Shit Sucks
Pierre Kwenders - Le dernier empereur Bantou
Lee Harvey Osmond - Beautiful Scars
Jean Leloup - À Paradis City
Milk & Bone - Little Mourning
Tre Mission - Stigmata
The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers
Joel Plaskett - The Park Avenue Sobriety Test
Buffy Sainte-Marie - Power in the Blood
Elizabeth Shepherd - The Signal
Siskiyou - Nervous
Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld - Never Were the Way She Was
Various Artists - Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock and Country, 1966-1985
Viet Cong - Viet Cong
Patrick Watson - Love Songs for Robots
The Weather Station - Loyalty
White Lung - Deep Fantasy
Whitehorse - Leave No Bridge Unburned
Young Guv - Ripe 4 Luv

everything, Tuesday, 16 June 2015 20:22 (six years ago) link

rich aucoin is so great

maura, Tuesday, 16 June 2015 20:51 (six years ago) link

Yes, I agree he's a great character. Haven't heard this album though.

everything, Tuesday, 16 June 2015 21:07 (six years ago) link

five years pass...

long list for 2021 is out

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Tuesday, 15 June 2021 19:35 (one month ago) link

Bernice, CFCF and The Weather Station are all shoo-ins for inclusion I'm guessing, but most of the others are unknown to me

intern at pelican brief consulting (Simon H.), Wednesday, 16 June 2021 14:58 (one month ago) link

Klô Pelgag and (especially) Big Brave are both stan-worthy.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 16 June 2021 15:11 (one month ago) link

I've only heard Cadence Weapon, Rochelle Jordan, and Mustafa. I'm rooting for Mustafa personally.

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Wednesday, 16 June 2021 15:21 (one month ago) link

reminds me to say: new Backxwash on Sunday

imago, Wednesday, 16 June 2021 15:22 (one month ago) link

I'd love to see Big|Brave take it, has a metal / heavy rock act ever won?

intern at pelican brief consulting (Simon H.), Wednesday, 16 June 2021 15:24 (one month ago) link

I see Fucked Up managed it back in 2009, but that's it.

intern at pelican brief consulting (Simon H.), Wednesday, 16 June 2021 15:25 (one month ago) link

Vile Creature deserve a long lost nom at least

This Is Not An ILX Username (LaMonte), Wednesday, 16 June 2021 15:26 (one month ago) link

Zoon, Dorothea Paas and Fiver's records are all highly recommended. Personally rooting for Cadence Weapon to win it, great album

four weeks pass...

Shortlist revealed:

rooting for Mustafa but can be swayed by arguments for the other nominees

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Thursday, 15 July 2021 20:50 (two weeks ago) link

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