Polaris 2017: Revisit q interviews with this year's short list nominees

Including interviews with Feist, Lido Pimienta and A Tribe Called Red.
Leif Vollebekk and A Tribe Called Red are two of this year's Polaris Music Prize short list nominees. Both have stopped by CBC's q in recent months to discuss their newest albums. (Cathy Irving/CBC, Melody Lau/CBC)

This year's Polaris Music Prize has officially announced its short list. The 10 albums contending for the prize for best Canadian album were selected by a panel of over 200 jurors and was revealed live on CBC Music's Facebook page today. This year's nominated artists include winners from previous years, Feist and Tanya Tagay, as well as first-time nominees such as Leif Vollebekk and Weaves. For a full list of this year's long list, head over to CBC Music.

Many of this year's nominees have stopped by q over the past few months. We've compiled a list of all the guests below, to help you get to know some of the contenders. 

The Polaris Music Prize winner will be announced at a live gala, which will take place on Sept. 18. 

A Tribe Called Red

The members of A Tribe Called Red stopped by the q studios for an impassioned conversation about bringing Indigenous music and issues to the forefront. 


Six years after the release of Metals, Feist returned with her highly-anticipated release, Pleasure. On the day of the release, Leslie Feist stopped by the q studios to discuss the "necessary stripped-back" sound of her new songs.

Leif Vollebekk

Montreal's Leif Vollebekk opens up about his journey to his latest album, Twin Solitude, and how he lost, but ultimately rediscovered, the ability to find emotion in his own music.

Leonard Cohen

To celebrate the release of what would be Leonard Cohen's final album, You Want it Darker, Tom Power spoke to Cohen's son, Adam, about the writing and recording process. You can also re-listen to our full episode honouring Cohen here.

Lido Pimienta

The Colombian-born, Toronto-based artist tells us her story of discovering music, moving to Canada and her now-Polaris longlisted album, La Pepessa.

— Melody Lau, q digital staff

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