Originally posted July 17, 2012: The Polaris Prize shortlist just got announced. The longlist of 40 Canadian albums got whittled down to ten. And then the winner of the $30,000 prize will be announced at a gala in September. You'll find the list below, spanning everything from Drake's R&B, to Fucked Up's punk rock, to Feist's indie darlingness. And we've included an MP3 from each of the nominated albums so you can check them out for yourself:
Hope In Dirt City by Cadence Weapon
MP3: "Crash Course For The Ravers"
I Predict A Graceful Expulsion by Cold Specks
Take Care by Drake
MP3: "Make Me Proud"
Voyageur by Kathleen Edwards
Metals by Feist
MP3: "A Commotion"
David Comes To Life by Fucked Up
MP3: "Queen Of Hearts"
Visions by Grimes
Sound Kapital by Handsome Furs
Celebration Rock by Japandroids
MP3: "The House That Heaven Built"
YT//ST by Yamantaka // Sonic Titan
MP3: "Hoshi Neko"
We also recently made a podcast with one song from every one of the forty albums that made the longlist. You can find that here.