Polaris Music Prize Shortlist 2008

When the Polaris Prize people announced this year’s longlist (.pdf) for best Canadian album on the merits and “without regard to genre, sales history or label affiliation,” the consensus reaction seemed to be “Where’s Sunset Rubdown?” (agreed). The very same Sunset-snubbing, 185-member panel that determined that 40-artist list has narrowed it down to a final 10:

  • Black Mountain – In The Future
  • Plants And Animals – Parc Avenue
  • Basia Bulat – Oh, My Darling
  • Stars – In Our Bedroom After The War
  • Caribou – Andorra
  • Shad – The Old Prince
  • Kathleen Edwards – Asking For Flowers
  • Two Hours Traffic – Little Jabs
  • Holy Fuck – LP
  • The Weakerthans – Reunion Tour

An 11-judge panel will select a single winner, who’ll get $20,000 and join Final Fantasy and Patrick Watson in the PMP’s all-time winner’s circle. Bumpershine found thirty or so folks who weren’t shy about sharing their picks for which Canadian indie rocker was most deserving of the prize, which is fair play because Candian indie rockers aren’t shy about telling us how to live our lives. Let the unofficial oddsmaking begin.