July 11, 2007

Look at the finalists for this year’s second annual Polaris Music Prize, which honours the year's best full-length Canadian album:

+ Arcade Fire, Neon Bible
+ The Besnard Lakes, The Besnard Lakes are the Dark Horse
+ The Dears, Gang of Losers
+ Julie Doiron, Woke Myself Up
+ Feist, The Reminder
+ Junior Boys, So This Is Goodbye
+ Miracle Fortress, Five Roses
+ Joel Plaskett Emergency, Ashtray Rock
+ Chad VanGaalen, Skelliconnection
+ Patrick Watson, Close to Paradise

Canada, oh Canada.

You are blessed.

May I point out, too, that half of these acts hail from Montréal (Arcade Fire, The Besnard Lakes, The Dears, Miracle Fortress and Patrick Watson)?

The award, which is based on the UK Mercury Prize, is worth $20,000 and will be awarded at a gala in Toronto on Sept. 24th.

More here.


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