The 10 albums were announced today from Canada’s public broadcaster CBC, which will stream the gala awards Sept. 19 from Toronto’s Carlu, along with Aux TV. They are: Black Mountain’s IV, Basia Bulat’s Good Advice, Grimes’ Art Angels, Carly Rae Jepsen’s E.MO.TION, Kaytranada’s 99.9%, Jessy Lanza’s Oh No, PUP’s The Dream Is Over, Andy Shauf’s The Party, U.S. Girls’ Half Free, and White Lung’s Paradise.
The albums have been whittled down by a two-part calculation process. This year’s 192-member jury — comprised of music journalists, broadcasters and music bloggers from across Canada — selected 183 titles on the first ballot, which asks for their top 5 picks. The 40-title long list is then determined and the same jurors pick their top 5 of those 40.
The albums are judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration of genre, record sales or professional affiliation.
The eligibility period for the titles is from June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016.
The winner is always determined and announced at the end of the gala evening, after a closed-door grand jury of 11 people debate and blind vote in a room on the premises, while the nominees perform onstage and are individually feted. Tickets go on sale to the public through Ticketfly.
The winner receives $50,000 (CAD) and the nine other short listed artists $3,000, courtesy of Slaight Music.
Past winners are Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007), and Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).
The 2016 Polaris Music Prize Short List:
Black Mountain — IV
?Basia Bulat — Good Advice
Grimes — Art Angels
Carly Rae Jepsen — E•MO•TION
Kaytranada — 99.9%
?Jessy Lanza — Oh No
PUP — The Dream Is Over
Andy Shauf — The Party
U.S. Girls — Half Free
White Lung — Paradise