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UPDATE: Polaris Prize Shortlist Revealed
July 17, 2012
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It's here: the short list for the Polaris Music Prize has been announced. Ten albums are on the list, and they were revealed today at the Drake Hotel in Toronto. The contenders were chosen by a panel of over 200 journalists, bloggers and broadcasters from across the country, who voted on the top albums released between June 2011 and May 2012.

Check out the top ten, featuring some friends of the show, below, as well as performances and appearances from the artists who have been on George Tonight recently. The winner of the $30,000 prize will be announced September 24.

Polaris Music Prize 2012 short list:

Cadence Weapon - 'Hope in Dirt City'
Cold Specks - 'I Predict a Graceful Expulsion'
Drake - 'Take Care'
Kathleen Edwards -' Voyageur'
Feist - 'Metals'
Fucked Up - 'David Comes to Life'
Grimes - 'Visions'
Handsome Furs - 'Sound Kapital'
Japandroids - 'Celebration Rock'
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan - 'YT//ST'

Cadence Weapon 'Conditioning'

Cold Specks 'Holland'

Drake On Canadian Music

Kathleen Edwards 'Change The Sheets'

F***ed Up 'Turn The Season'

Polaris Music Prize 2012: Long List Nominees - June 14, 2012

Feist, Leonard Cohen, Drake and Coeur de Pirate are among the 40 artists longlisted for the 2012 Polaris Prize, awarded annually to the best Canadian album. The announcement was made today in Vancouver by CBC Radio 3's Lana Gay and past nominees Hannah Georgas, Dan Mangan and Veda Hille. Past winners of the prize, which comes with a $30,000 payday, include Owen Pallett/Final Fantasy (2006), Patrick Watson (2007), Caribou (2008), F***ed Up (2009), Karkwa (2010) and Arcade Fire (2011).

According to the Polaris website, the prize recognizes an "album of the highest artistic integrity, without regard to musical genre, professional affiliation, or sales history". The short list of 10 will be announced July 17. George and The Strombo Show's Darby Wheeler are members of the jury, along with other selected Canadian music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers.

The complete 2012 Polaris Music Prize Long List is (in alphabetical order):

A Tribe Called Red - A Tribe Called Red
Marie-Pierre Arthur - Aux alentours
Rich Aucoin - We're All Dying To Live
Avec pas d'casque - Astronomie
Azari & III - Azari & III
Bahamas - Barchords
The Barr Brothers - The Barr Brothers
Blackie And The Rodeo Kings - Kings And Queens
Cadence Weapon - Hope In Dirt City
Kathryn Calder - Bright And Vivid
Cannon Bros - Firecracker / Cloudglow
Coeur de pirate - Blonde
Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
Cold Specks - I Predict A Graceful Expulsion
Rose Cousins - We Have Made A Spark
Mark Davis - Eliminate The Toxins
Drake - Take Care
Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur
Feist - Metals
Fucked Up - David Comes To Life
Great Lake Swimmers - New Wild Everywhere
Grimes - Visions
Handsome Furs - Sound Kapital
Japandroids - Celebration Rock
Dan Mangan - Oh Fortune
Mares Of Thrace - The Pilgrimage
Ariane Moffatt - MA
Lindi Ortega - Little Red Boots
Parlovr - Kook Soul
Sandro Perri - Impossible Spaces
Joel Plaskett Emergency - Scrappy Happiness
PS I Love You - Death Dreams
John K. Samson - Provincial
Shooting Guns - Born To Deal In Magic: 1952-1976
The Slakadeliqs - The Other Side of Tomorrow
Patrick Watson - Adventures In Your Own Backyard
Bry Webb - Provider
The Weeknd - Echoes of Silence
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan - YT//ST
Yukon Blonde - Tiger Talk

Below is a collection of the nominated artists that have appeared on George Tonight.

The Barr Brothers 'Dear Mrs. Claus'

Cadence Weapon 'Conditioning'

Cold Specks 'Holland'

Drake On Canadian Music

Kathleen Edwards 'Change The Sheets'

F***ed Up 'Turn The Season'

Dan Mangan 'Row Of Houses'

Joel Plaskett Emergency 'You're Mine'

PS I LOVE YOU 'Cry When You Get Older'

Patrick Watson 'Black Wind'

You can stay up to date on Polaris Prize news over on the CBC Music Portal.

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