Polaris 2012 Winner Feist

Listen to the 10 short list albums

  • Cadence Weapon - Hope In Dirt City

    Cadence Weapon

    Hope In Dirt City

  • Cold Specks - I Predict A Graceful Expulsion

    Cold Specks

    I Predict A Graceful Expulsion

  • Drake - Take Care


    Take Care

  • Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur

    Kathleen Edwards


  • Feist - Metals



  • F*cked Up - David Comes to Life

    F*cked Up

    David Comes to Life

  • Grimes - Visions



  • Handsome Furs - Sound Kapital

    Handsome Furs

    Sound Kapital

  • Japandroids - Celebration Rock


    Celebration Rock



    YT // ST


This year's list of nominees for the Polaris Music Prize showcases some of the best artists in the Canadian music scene. With acts representing the pop, rock and folk communities, the nominees are up for some tough competition. Arcade Fire, The Weeknd, Austra, Destroyer, Hey Rosetta! and more make up the stellar 2011 nomination short list.

The Polaris Music Prize judging panel is comprised of active members in Canadian journalism and media fields who short list 10 nominees from a list of 40 artists. The Polaris long list was announced on June 16, 2011 and included albums that had been released between June 1, 2010 to May 31, 2011. The winner from the short list, which was announced on July 6, 2011, will be revealed at the Polaris Music Prize gala held at the Masonic Temple in Toronto on Monday September 19, 2011 at 9pm. The event will be broadcast on MuchMusic and MuchMusic.com. The winner will be awarded $30,000 and their album will be given the title of Canadian Album of the Year.

Starting in 2006, the Polaris Music Prize is a not-for-profit organization that aims to bring recognition to the creativity, diversity and excellence in the Canadian music scene.

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The Polaris Music Prize awards $30,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian album of the year. It is judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration of genre or record sales. Past winners have been Final Fantasy for He Poos Clouds (2006), Patrick Watson for Close To Paradise (2007), Caribou for Andorra (2008), F*cked Up for The Chemistry Of Common Life (2009), Karkwa for Les Chemins De Verre (2010) and The Arcade Fire for The Suburbs (2011).

This years nominees are Cadence Weapon for Hope In Dirt City, Cold Specks for I Predict A Graceful Expulsion, Drake for Take Care, Kathleen Edwards for Voyageur, Feist for Metals, F*cked Up for David Comes to Life, Grimes for Visions, Handsome Furs for Sound Kapital, Japandroids for Celebration Rock and YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN for YT // ST.