Watch Live: 10 Canadian artists shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize


Ten Canadian nominees will compete for the Polaris Music Prize tonight.

The $50,000 prize for best Canadian album of the year will be presented at a gala at the Carlu in Toronto.

Among the nominees are rapper Shad, First Nations hip-hop group Snotty Nose Rez Kids and Toronto singer-songwriter Charlotte Day Wilson.

Other nominees for the prize include pop provocateur Hubert Lenoir, Congolese-Canadian dance-pop artist Pierre Kwenders and electronic orchestra composer Ouri.

Aboriginal duo Ombiigizi, Kelly McMichael from St. John’s, Vancouver rock band Destroyer and Lisa LeBlanc from Rosaireville, New Brunswick round out the list.

The Polaris Music Prize names the best Canadian album of the previous year, regardless of genre or sales, chosen by a panel of journalists, broadcasters and bloggers.

Last year, the Polaris went to hip-hop artist Cadence Weapon for « Parallel World, » his poetic reflection on race, policing and technology that was largely inspired by the 2020 George Floyd protests.


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