The Polaris prize award will be hosted by none other than Jian Ghomeshi, but I have not heard if the event will be televised.
This will be the first annual awarding of this music prize, based solely upon artistic merit, not album sales, and is fashioned after the Mercury Prize in the UK.
Criteria are that albums must be Canadian, released between June 1/05 and May 31/06 and be original material - not covers or re-releases.
The nominees are:
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
Shamefacedly I admit that I have only 6 of these 10 cds. I am a bad Canadian. And I call myself a music fan...
Who would you vote for? Who do you think was left off the list?