In a little over a month, hipsters across this great nation will be able to talk to their mainstream co-workers about how they liked such-and-such band before they won the Polaris Prize. On Sept. 19, one of the below bands will receive the prize, and its attendant media attention. Details of the prize gala have just been released:
“The gala will be hosted by CBC Radio 3’s Grant Lawrence with MuchMusic’s Damian Abraham, who is also the lead singer for 2009 Polaris winners Fucked Up.
The Grand Jury was also announced today. These 11 jurists, selected from the 213 member-Polaris jury, will vote during the gala to determine this year’s winner. They will be sequestered deep inside the Masonic Temple during the gala. They are: Karen Bliss (Billboard), Elaine Corden (Yukon, North of Ordinary), Emilie Côté (La Presse), Tom Coxworth (CKUA), David Dacks (CIUT), Mike Devlin (Times Colonist), Yuani Fragata (Bande à part), Anupa Mistry (freelance journalist), Graham Rockingham (The Hamilton Spectator), Gregg Stewart (The Much MTV Group) and Anna Zee (Q104).” The whole sequestered thing sounds pretty intense.
Anyway, here is the Polaris Prize short list:
Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
Austra – Feel It Break
Braids – Native Speaker
Destroyer – Kaputt
Galaxie – Tigre et diesel
Hey Rosetta! – Seeds
Ron Sexsmith – Long Player Late Bloomer
Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
Timber Timbre – Creep On Creepin’ On
The Weeknd – House of Balloons