The Polaris Music Prize has announced both the performers and the members of the Grand Jury for its 2016 edition. Seven out of the ten shortlist nominees will play at the gala, which will take place on Monday, September 19 at The Carlu in Toronto.
Andy Shauf, Black Mountain, Basia Bulat, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jessy Lanza, U.S. Girls and White Lung will perform that night. Grimes and Kaytranada, who are also shortlist nominees, will be attending. PUP won’t be part of the ceremony because they will be on a month-long European tour. The Toronto band has a show in Austria that day.
The members of Grand Jury – which will be voting for the 2016 Polaris Prize winner on the night of the gala – are:
Adrien Begrand (freelance) Lisa Christiansen (CBC Radio One – Vancouver) Del Cowie (CBC Music) Howard Druckman (SOCAN Words & Music) Lana Gay (Indie 88) Carla Gillis (NOW Magazine) Andrew King (Canadian Musician) Lisa Lagace (Turn The Record Over) Trevor Risk (Ion Magazine) Joni Sadler (CKUT) Fateema Sayani (Ottawa Magazine).
Limited balcony tickets to the gala are available on Ticketfly.
Are you tuning in to the Polaris Prize gala on September? Who are you rooting for? What songs are you hoping to hear that night? Let us know in the comments.
The countdown clock is finally winding down. We’re just hours away from the announcement of this year’s Polaris Music Prize Shortlist. The 40 albums below will soon cut down to ten.
Art Bergmann, The Apostate
Justin Bieber, Purpose
Black Mountain, IV
Jean-Michel Blais, Il
Basia Bulat, Good Advice
Daniel Caesar, Pilgrim’s Paradise
Tanika Charles, Soul RunD
City and Colour, If I Should Go Before You
Cœur de pirate, Roses
Dead Obies, Gesamtkunstwerk
Destroyer, Poison Season
Dilly Dally, Sore
Essaie pas, Demain est une autre nuit
Fred Fortin, Ultramarr
Foxtrott, A Taller Us
Grimes, Art Angels
Half Moon Run, Sun Leads Me On
Veda Hille, Love Waves
Jazz Cartier, Hotel Paranoia
Carly Rae Jepsen, E•MO•TION
Junior Boys, Big Black Coat
Jessy Lanza, Oh No
Majid Jordan, Majid Jordan
Michelle McAdorey, Into Her Future
Nap Eyes, Thought Rock Fish Scale
Safia Nolin, Limoilou
Operators, Blue Wave
PUP, The Dream Is Over
Daniel Romano, Mosey
Andy Shauf, The Party
The Strumbellas, Hope
U.S. Girls, Half Free
Un Blonde, Good Will Come to You
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness
White Lung, Paradise
Donovan Woods, Hard Settle, Ain’t Troubled
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Polaris 2016 Facts
This is perhaps the most “mainstream” long list ever produced by Polaris, featuring the likes of Justin Beiber, Carly Rae Jepsen, Drake and The Weeknd
Just one album on this year’s long list is a self-titled release; that of Majid Jordan
This year’s nominees aren’t big on punctuation. Just five albums feature anything beyond the alphanumeric in their titles. Donovan Woods was the most diverse in his punctuating, using both a comma and an apostrophe in Hard Settle, Ain’t Troubled. Bullet points and apostrophes appear most often with two each (Carly Rae Jepsen’s E•MO•TION, Donovan Woods’ nomination and Daniel Caesar’s Pilgrim’s Paradise)
Dead Obies take the prize for this year’s tongue twister. Hoping they make the Shortlist just so we can hear the announcer and all the radio hosts stumble over Gesamtkunstwerk
You’re not too badly off this year if you didn’t pay attention in French class. Essaie pas and Coeur de Pirate are the only glaringly obvious francophone artists on the list (correct me if there are more,) and Coeur is significantly bilingual on Roses
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As if the $77,000 in total prize money ($50K to the winner, $3,000 for each short-lister) weren’t enough, every year the Polaris Music Prize releases a series of posters, one for each act on the ten-album shortlist (to be announced in about 11 days,) commemorating their nomination with a unique piece of art presented to the artists on the night of the gala. A limited quantity of additional copies of the posters are up for sale on the Polaris Music Prize store. Be forewarned, though, many have already sold out.
This year, Polaris is sending out an open call for designers to create these special works. Artists interested in designing a poster should submit a link or PDF with samples of their previous artwork. (They are asking artists to not submit sketches for these posters).
Besides the bragging rights, designers chosen will receive a $200 flat fee for the artwork, 10 18×24 screen prints (from a limited run of 44), 20 postcard-size digital prints and Polaris will link back to the artist’s website whenever possible.
The deadline for application is Friday, July 8th. Polaris will contact their chosen artists on Monday, July 18th. For more information, or if you want to apply, submit your application here. This contest is open to Canadian artists only.
We’ve put together a collection below of some of our favourites from years past. Which do you prefer? Tell us in the comments and tune in later for more Polaris news.