Polaris Prize 2014: Drake, Arcade Fire, Timber Timbre Make Short List

Guy Aroch
Arcade Fire

The short list for the 2014 Polaris Prize was revealed in Toronto on Tuesday, with a mix of commercial hits via Arcade Fire and Drake, as well as indie favorites by Timber Timbre ("Hot Dreams") and Mac DeMarco ("Salad Days") among the ten acts in the running for Canada's best album of the year.

The finalists, which were announced at the The Carlu's Round Room, are determined by an independent jury of over 200 journalists, broadcasters, bloggers and programmers. An 11-member grand jury selects the big winner on the night of the awards, which will take place Sept. 22.

Post-rock collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor won last year's prize, which includes $30,000, for its album "Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!" Previous winners include Feist, Fucked Up and Arcade Fire.

This year's shortlisted nominees include:

Arcade Fire, "Reflektor"
Jessy Lanza, "Pulled My Hair Back"
Mac DeMarco, "Salad Days"
Drake, "Nothing Was the Same"
Shad, "Flying Colours"
Owen Pallett, "In Conflict"
Timber Timbre, "Hot Dreams"
Tanya Tagag, "Animism"
Basia Bulat, "Tall Tall Shadow"
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, "UZU"


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