Polaris

How to watch the 2022 Polaris Music Prize gala

Find out who takes home the grand prize on Sept. 19.

Find out who takes home the grand prize on Sept. 19

The Polaris Music Prize has revealed its 2022 winner. (Polaris Music Prize)

The 2022 Polaris Music Prize winner celebration will take place on Monday, Sept. 19, at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT), marking the prize's first in-person event since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Hosted by CBC Music's Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe, it will take place at the Carlu in Toronto, and be live-streamed on CBC Gem, CBC Music's Facebook, TikTokYouTube and Twitter pages and globally at cbcmusic.ca/polaris.

Nine of the 10 shortlisters will perform this year, including Pierre Kwenders, Lisa Leblanc, Hubert Lenoir, Kelly McMichael, Ombiigizi, Ouri, Shad, Snotty Nose Rez Kids and Charlotte Day Wilson. While shortlister Destroyer isn't able to attend, the band will have Fresh Pepper, which is the culinary-themed duo of André Ethier and Joseph Shabason, perform an interpretation of its work. 2021 winner Cadence Weapon will also perform, and he'll announce this year's winner at the end of the night.

The 10 albums on the Polaris 2022 short list are:

  • Labyrinthitis, Destroyer.
  • José Louis and the Paradox of Love, Pierre Kwenders.
  • Chiac Disco, Lisa LeBlanc.
  • Pictura de ipse: Musique directe, Hubert Lenoir.
  • Waves, Kelly McMichael.
  • Sewn Back Together, Ombiigizi.
  • Frame of a Fauna, Ouri.
  • Tao, Shad.
  • Life After, Snotty Nose Rez Kids.
  • Alpha, Charlotte Day Wilson.

Shortlist Summer 

For the second year in a row, CBC Music presents Shortlist Summer, a series of special programming on radio, digital and social platforms leading up to the Polaris gala to celebrate this year's shortlisted albums. 

Shortlist Summer consists of Shortlist Shortcuts, a weekly series on CBCMusic.ca that began Monday, July 18, and highlights one important gateway song from each of the nominated albums, as told by the shortlisted artists. Shortlist Summer also includes The Ten, an hour-long, weekly radio series airing Sunday evenings on CBC Music and CBC Listen at 6 p.m. (6:30 NT), airing from July 17 to Sept. 18. Hosted by A. Harmony, each instalment focuses on one of the 10 shortlisted albums in the lead-up to the 2022 Polaris Music Prize winner announcement. 

Go to cbcmusic.ca/polaris and follow CBC Music on InstagramTikTokTwitter and Facebook for more Polaris Music Prize coverage. 

General admission tickets to the gala are on sale right now via Ticketmaster.

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