It’s Polaris Music Prize season baby! A month ago, the Polaris Music Prize (who each year awards $50,000 to the act who creates the Canadian Album of the Year, judged solely on artistic merit, not based on genre or record sales) announced the 2022 Long List of 40 albums. Voted by 197 member jury members, those “Top 40 albums of the year” have now been voted on again and whittled down to the top 10.

The 2022 Polaris Music Prize Short List is:
Pierre Kwenders – José Louis And The Paradox Of Love
Lisa Leblanc – Chiac Disco
Hubert Lenoir – PICTURA DE IPSE : Musique directe
Kelly McMichael – Waves
Ombiigizi – Sewn Back Together
Ouri – Frame of a Fauna
Shad – TAO
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – Life After
Charlotte Day Wilson – ALPHA

One of these albums will win THE PRIZE which is being determined at the Polaris Gala, taking place September 19 at The Carlu in Toronto, Ontario (get your tickets here). The new nominees were revealed during the Polaris Prize Short List Special across Canada via CBC Music – Listen to it here! Hosted by A. Harmony, the special featured music from the Short List nominees as well as in-depth interviews with CBC personalities and Polaris jurors. As Polaris jury foreperson Melissa Vincent says in a statement…

“This year’s 2022 Short List captures the ambition, creativity, and boundless potential of Canadian music from coast to coast. Bravo to our 10 nominees, and a huge thank you to our esteemed jury for offering their time and expertise. For the first time in a few years, I’m thrilled to suggest that if you have the opportunity to see any of the artists on this Short List live, you should. We’re all long overdue,” 

What album are you rooting for?