Polaris Music Prize has announced its shortlist for 2021 in a special broadcast on CBC Music.
The 10-album list represents the best Canadian albums of the year as voted by a large jury of critics, journalists, and music professionals.
The winner will be awarded $50,000 and will be announced at a virtual gala in the near future (details are still to be announced). Last year’s event took place on YouTube with original short films from all 10 nominees. Montreal horrorcore rapper Backxwash took it home for her album God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It.
This year’s shortlist features Toronto-based artists OBGMs, rapper DijahSB, Mustafa, the Weather Station, TOBi, and Cadence Weapon, who is on the shortlist for the third time.
Also on the list are Indigenous artists Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (read our recent interview with her here) and Zoon. Check out the full shortlist below:
Cadence Weapon: Parallel World
DijahSB: Head Above The Waters
Dominique Fils-Aimé: Three Little Words
Klô Pelgag: Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs
Mustafa: When Smoke Rises
The OBGMs: The Ends
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson: Theory Of Ice
The Weather Station: Ignorance
Zoon: Bleached Waves