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Polaris Music Prize short list revealed: Daniel Caesar, Weaves, Alvvays make top 10

Melody Lau

The 2018 Polaris Music Prize short list has just been revealed. Alvvays, Weaves, Daniel Caesar and more are among this year's top 10 albums vying for the title of best Canadian album of the year, as it will be decided on by an 11-member grand jury on Sept. 17.

This year's list includes some newcomers and some repeat nominees. First-timers on the short list include francophone artist Hubert Lenoir, rock duo Partner and rap group Snotty Nose Rez Kids. And returning to the short list once again are U.S. Girls, Alvvays and Weaves, the last one of which is nominated for a second consecutive year.

The full list of nominees is below:

  • Alvvays, Antisocialites
  • Jean-Michel Blais, Dans ma main
  • Daniel Caesar, Freudian
  • Jeremy Dutcher, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa
  • Pierre Kwenders, MAKANDA at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time
  • Hubert Lenoir, Darlène
  • Partner, In Search of Lost Time
  • Snotty Nose Rez Kids, The Average Savage
  • U.S. Girls, In a Poem Unlimited
  • Weaves, Wide Open

The Polaris Music Prize gala will be live-streamed on on Sept. 17.


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Celebrating the best of Canadian music from 2018. The Polaris Prize awards the best full-length Canadian album based on artistic merit, regardless of genre, sales, or record label. Hear this year's short-list nominees Weaves, Daniel Ceasar, Jeremy Dutcher, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Alvvays and more!