Toronto – Today, at approximately 2 PM, The Polaris Prize shortlist for 2011 will be announced. Some fans will rejoice while others will be left in bitter agony. It’s an exciting time for Canadian music right now, and this years nominees represent the ever growing presence of Canadian music throughout the world. With that in mind, here are the ten bands that I believe will be on the short list.
Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
Duh. Arcade Fire took on the world last year and won. Plus, all the voters probably want to hang out with Win and Regine at the party.
Austra – Feel It Break
Upstart female electro band released an amazing album this year along with one of my favorite tracks with the song Lose It. They also fill the electro album/gay icon album quota for the Polaris jury this year.
Braids- Native Speaker
The other upstart group quickly rising to prominence thanks to some massive NXNE hype. The inclusion of this album will make people think that the Polaris Prize is still hip, current and relevant.
Buck 65 – 20 Odd Years
The standard hip hop album that gets nominated, also, because Buck 65 has been around forever, you can call this a career achievement nomination. He also has one of the best Cribs episodes I have ever seen.
Destroyer – Kaputt
West coast representation here, but Kaputt is an amazing album and if Dan Bejar makes it to the award show, we all know he’d be a riot.
Galaxie – Tigre et diesel
Default French music selection.
Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
Default out of left field selection.
Neil Young – Le Noise
Neil Young got so much love and was so cool at the Junos, you can’t possibly deny his entry into the Polaris Prize shortlist. Also, a nice cap for his career.
Rural Alberta Advantage – Departing
One of the hottest bands out there right now, The RAA put out a solid album AND fulfills the band that’s kinda from the Prairies but really, lives in Toronto quota.
Black Mountain – Wilderness Heart
Originally, I had Imaginary Cities, but there doesn’t appear to be enough West Coast representations here, so I put Black Mountain here, which will appeal to the psych rock fans and also people who appreciate good album covers.
What do you think? what is your short list?