Tuesday, 17 July 2012

2012 Polaris Music Prize (Shortlist)

Today marked the announcement of the 2012 Polaris Music Prize shortlist that celebrates and rewards the best in Canadian recording as selected by music critics and bloggers across Canada. The prize will be awarded on September 24th in Toronto. There is really no surprises on this year's list. The only thing missing is a French Canadian artist who have been selected and have won in the past-Karkwa won the prize in 2010. Last year the Arcade Fire wrapped up an unbelievable year of winning awards by taking the prize. The only band that has won before on this year's short list is Fucked Up. They won in 2009 for their album The Chemistry of Common Life and are nominated this year for David Comes to Life. Some of my favourites to win the award this year are Grimes and Japandroids as I wrote about earlier in my Top Albums 2012 (so far) post.  Also electro band Handsome Furs would be a sentimental favourite after their recent break up. I think they are my most loved band on the list-may they rest in peace.
See the list below:

Cadence Weapon-Hope in City
Cold Specks-I Predict a Graceful Expulsion
Drake:Take Care
Kathleen Edwards-Voyageur
Fucked Up-David Comes to Life
Handsome Furs-Sound Kapital
Japandroids-Celebration Rock

Watch the NSFW video What About Us? from the Handsome Furs.

Handsome Furs - "What About Us" from stereogum on Vimeo.

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