It's that time of year again: the 2013 Polaris Music Prize Short List was just announced, and as always, some great Canadian bands are on it.
Here are the ten albums that made this year's list:
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
Zaki Ibrahim - Every Opposite
Metric - Synthetica
METZ - METZ
Purity Ring - Shrines
Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light
Tegan And Sara - Heartthrob
A Tribe Called Red - Nation II Nation
Whitehorse - The Fate Of The World Depends On This Kiss
Young Galaxy - Ultramarine
Some of these groups have made the Short List before - Metric were on it in 2006 and 2009, and Tegan and Sara and Colin Stetson have both been shortlisted in the past.
But for the other seven bands, it's their first time - including Godspeed You! Black Emperor, who have been making music together since forming in Montreal in 1994.
The hosts of the show were also announced at today's event: Kathleen Edwards and Shad are going to present the Polaris this year, at a ceremony taking place at The Carlu in Toronto on September 23.
Both artists have made the Short List in the past - and they're both friends of the show.
Shad sounds like he's excited to get on stage to present the awards at The Carlu in Toronto on September 23.
"We're gonna Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod this thing hard," he said, referring to the hosts of Body Break.
If you're artistically inclined, the annual call for Short List Nominee Poster Designs went out today.
Interested artists and graphic designers can submit their designs for consideration by midnight on Friday, July 26.
Designers from KidIcarus.ca will judge the poster designs, 10 of which will be selected. The winners get 10 hiqh quality print-outs of their design, while 45 other copies will be give out to nominated arists, charities, and sponsors.
The winner of the Polaris Prize gets $30,000 for creating the Canadian album of the year, and the award is judged solely on artistic merit, without reference to sales or genre.
Past winners include Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007), and Final Fantasy (2006).