On July 16, CBC Music hosted the unveiling of the 2019 Polaris Music Prize Short List on air, with one album every half hour. By the end of the broadcast, the Polaris Music Prize Short List narrowed down the previous 40 album Long List selection to ten nominees as chosen by a jury of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers.
This year’s list includes several first-time nominees, but also returning Short List and Long List nominees with albums by Shad, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, and PUP.
The 2019 Polaris Music Prize Gala will be held at The Carlu in Toronto on September 16; and will be hosted by CBC Music host, Raina Douris and live-streamed globally at cbcmusic.ca/polaris. A monetary prize of $50,000 will be awarded to the artist who is judged to have the Canadian Album of the Year, based solely on artistic merit, and without consideration of genre or record sales. In additionally, a monetary prize of $3,000 will be awarded to the nine other Short Listed acts, courtesy of Slaight Music.
Who will be this year’s Polaris Music Prize winner? Stay tuned for more news to come!
This year’s Polaris Music Prize Short List is:
Marie Davidson – Working Class Woman
Elisapie – The Ballad of the Runaway Girl
FET.NAT – Le Mal
Dominique Fils-Aimé – Stay Tuned!
Les Louanges – La nuit est une panthère
Haviah Mighty – 13th Floor
PUP – Morbid Stuff
Jessie Reyez – Being Human In Public
Shad – A Short Story About A War
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – Trapline
Born and raised with thoughts and aspirations of becoming a famous bassist in Sarnia, ON; Emily Plunkett now lives in Gatineau, QC, and considers National Capital Region home sweet home. A product of the Beatles, MuchMusic and the Southwestern Ontario summer festival circuit (circa 2000), her interest and love in concert photography came almost completely by accident when her journalism program at Algonquin College required courses in photojournalism (and she quickly realized that photos taken at concerts using a DSLR are enormously better than ones she was taking on a point-and-shoot she bought for a trip to England). She is extremely proud of the fact she has seen Sloan in some form or another 25 times.