Polaris Shortlist 2015: Drake, New Pornographers, Caribou & More

One of Canada’s many eminent music awards is the Polaris Music Prize and, today, they’ve announced their shortlist of ten records, shortened down from the original list of 40 contenders that was released last month. The past two winners were Tanya Tagaq and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, both of which came attached with some controversy. Maybe this year’s nominees will be a little more even-keeled, as is the stereotypical Canadian way. Here’s the shortlist:

Alvvays – Alvvays
BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah – Sour Soul
Braids – Deep In The Iris
Caribou – Our Love
Jennifer Castle – Pink City
Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
Tobias Jesso Jr – Goon
The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers
Buffy Sainte-Marie – Power In The Blood
Viet Cong – Viet Cong

The host of this year’s gala will be Fred Penner. It’ll take place at 9/21 at the Carlu in Toronto. Everyone on the shortlist will receive $3,000, while the winner will take home $50,000.