Kaytranada – Bubba Girls, Lido Pimienta, & More On 2020 Polaris Prize Shortlist. AKA an intro to Canada’s best, weirdest, grooviest synth-pop boss lady. The whole point of this series is to take you out of your comfort zone, just a little bit. About the album: As the story goes, Toronto rapper/producer/DJ Junia-T was ready to quit music, but instead channelled his frustrations into making one of the best Canadian albums of the year. The self-titled track begins with Ozzy Osbourne yelling, "Oh no no, please God help me," a plea that is all the more haunting given the title of the album. The album title is Cree for "water," as the element holds a distinct rhythm throughout the album, bookending it with songs dedicated to the North Saskatchewan River. Girls Album: Heavy Light Hometown: Toronto (originally from Chicago) Release date: March 6, 2020 Polaris history: This is U.S. It’s an album I dug into because of the Polaris Prize shortlist—then one I couldn’t stop playing on repeat. But the real triumph of the album is its ability to illuminate a path ahead that offers a glimpse, even if so slightly, of hope. Polaris Music Prize shortlist: Watch videos from the 10 nominees. This year's Polaris Music Prize shortlist includes Daniel Caesar, U.S. (From CBC Music's 2020 Spring Preview), Recommended if you like: Ibeyi, Lido Pimienta, THEESatisfaction, SassyBlack, Missy D, Noname. It was a two-year journey in which Junia-T surrounded himself with like-minded creatives and embraced his inner Quincy Jones, as he told Complex. Share This. Release date: Feb. 28, 2020 Polaris history: Caribou's Andorra won the third Polaris Music Prize in 2008. It is a priority for CBC to create a website that is accessible to all Canadians including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges. The Polaris Music Prize has announced its 2018 short list and, as always, there’s plenty to argue about. About the album: Arresting, urgent and in your face, God has Nothing to do With This Leave him out of It is the album rapper/producer Backxwash has been working toward during her relatively short career. nêhiyawak's album nipiy is on the Polaris Music Prize 2020 Short List. Name: Caribou Album: Suddenly  Hometown: Dundas, Ont. Looking inward and exploring themes of loss and grief, Suddenly is one of Snaith's best and most personal albums to date. Throwing up some repeat nominations, established names and TLOBF faves the Top 10 Shortlisted albums are as follows: Release date: March 27, 2020 Polaris history: This is Reyez's second year in a row on the short list. Witch Prophet's album DNA Activation is on the 2020 Polaris Music Prize Short List. So Kris Harper, one-third of the band, gave it a shoegaze-adjacent label. Recommended if you like: Death Grips, JPEGMAFIA, Danny Brown, Run the Jewels. Sung almost entirely in Spanish, Miss Colombia is a resilient statement that demands political accountability and rises above past heartbreak, all while painted in colours so dazzling that you can't help but feel hope for a brighter future. Working with traditional drums, powwow beats, a one-of-a-kind synthesizer and the flow of water, nehiyawak's music slides along the lines of rock, pop and ambient music while being firmly rooted in place and a sense of self. The Polaris Music Prize — which annually honors the best Canadian album of the year — has just announced this year’s shortlist of nominees.Narrowing down from last month’s extended list to a slim 10 nominees, the list includes a handful of heavyweights (Arcade Fire, Drake), as well as a handful of underdogs (Shad, Jessy Lanza) to round out the list. Previous Polaris Music Prize winners Lido Pimienta, Caribou and Kaytranada get another shot at winning the prestigious $50,000 award for Canadian album of the year when the winner is declared virtually on Oct. 19. The 2018 Polaris Music Prize shortlist is here Daniel Caesar, Weaves, and eight more artists are in the running for $50,000. The annual prize is awarded to the best Canadian album of the year, and the winner will be revealed at the Polaris Gala on 16 September. The winner of the 2020 Polaris Music Prize and the $50,000 cash prize will be revealed live at the end of that event. Release date: May 8, 2020 Polaris history: This is the band's first appearance on both the Polaris long and short lists. Jessie Reyez – BEFORE LOVE CAME TO KILL US The shortlist for The Polari Prize 2019 is: • The Bumblebee Flies Anyway by Kate Bradbury (Bloomsbury) • Take Nothing With You by Patrick Gale (Tinder) • Prodigal by Charles Lambert (Gallic) About the album: nêhiyawak skillfully merges traditional storytelling with modern sounds for music that simultaneously propels you forward while digging deep to shine light on the past — all of which is a bit difficult to classify. Caribou, Kaytranada, U.S. Last year’s prize was won by Canadian rapper Haviah Mighty for her album 13th Floor. Are people ready to receive these lyrics the way they are?'" Last year, she was nominated for her EP Being Human in Public. info@polarismusicprize.ca. Recommended if you like: The Internet, Thundercat, Col3trane, Free Nationals. "Nipiy is for those who don't seem to fit in for a myriad of reasons," explains Harper. Girls' album Hard Light is on the 2020 Polaris Music Prize Short List. This year's list is an even split of new and familiar names, with five previously shortlisted acts going up against five first-timers. Listen to CBC Music's Polaris Picks playlist now, and read on for introductions to this year's short list nominees. The Polaris Music Prize, awarded annually for the best Canadian album of the year, has revealed its 2020 shortlist, consisting of 10 albums culled down from the initial 40-album long list that came out last month. "To inspire others to use their voice and to send messages to future generations. 2019 Shortlist Polaris Prize, APA Canada, Bonsound, cima members, Elisapie, Haviah Mighty, Les Louanges, Marie Davidson, Secret City Records Inc, Shad, Snotty Nose Rez Kids The Polaris Music Prize shortlist was announced on CBC Music's Drive by Raina Douris (July 16). Paak, Jessie Reyez. This year's contenders are a mix of new and familiar artists. The Polaris Music Prize, awarded annually for the best Canadian album of the year, has revealed its 2020 shortlist, consisting of 10 albums culled down from the initial 40-album long list that came out last month. While the dance-floor bangers that made albums like 2010's Swim a breakout are still there ("Never Come Back" being a highlight), many of these songs embrace a more toned-down sound that uses samples, hip-hop influences and Snaith's tender vocals to build something just as compelling and beautiful as any of his previous work. Release date: April 17, 2020 Polaris history: Lido Pimienta's debut album, La Papessa, won the 2017 Polaris Prize. The grand prize is $50,000, while the other shortlist contenders will receive prizes of $3,000 each. Released yesterday, the shortlist had Jepsen and Grimes among a total of six female acts of the 10 nominated albums: Basia Bulat, Jessy Lanza, and female-fronted groups U.S. Girls – Heavy Light U.S. The Inuk singer-songwriter Elisapie has been named to the Polaris Prize shortlist for her album The Ballad of the Runaway Girl. The Grammy-nominated, Juno-winning R&B singer has been a rising star for years off the strength of early EPs. Name: nêhiyawak Album: nipiy Hometown: amiskwaciy (Edmonton)  Release date: Oct. 24, 2019 Polaris history: This is the band's first appearance on both the Polaris long and short lists. Elisapie — The Ballad of the Runaway Girl Fet.Nat — Le Mal Haviah Mighty — 13th Floor Jessie Reyez — Being […] Closed Captioning and Described Video is available for many CBC shows offered on CBC Gem. With an impressive roster of guests — such as Jessie Reyez (a longtime friend, he was also her tour DJ), River Tiber, Faiza, Storry, Sean Leon and more — Studio Monk effortlessly traverses genre and compartmentalization. The shortlist announcement also includes albums from Jessie Reyez, U.S. About the album: Kicking off your album with the line "I should've f--ked your friends" is a bold move, but one that fits perfectly with Jessie Reyez's unapologetic personality. Girls) having previously been shortlisted. Girls' third appearance on the Polaris Music Prize short list in five years. Before Love Came to Kill Us marks her official full-length debut, a collection of old and new tracks that fearlessly lay out all of Reyez's feelings of love, heartbreak, revenge and empowerment, sometimes all at once. The 2018 Polaris Music Prize shortlist is here. The winner will receive a prize of $50,000 dollars, and each shortlisted artist $3,000 dollars. Recommended if you like: Teyana Taylor, Kehlani, 6lack, H.E.R. Polaris Prize Shortlist: Grimes – Art Angels. Kaytranada's album Bubba is on the 2020 Polaris Music Prize Short List. Backxwash Has Won The 2020 Polaris Music Prize For The Album ‘God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It’ October 19 2020 2020 Polaris Short List Is Here July 15 2020 Together they started workshopping kulintang, a musical tradition played on sets of gongs from the Southern Philippines and parts of Southeast Asia, forming what they've since called a "super girl gong group.". Scroll down to learn more about each nominee. Over this uneasy sonic bed, Backxwash explores issues of faith and identity, particularly the transfeminine experience. About the album: Pantayo's self-titled debut album is a stunning collection, a skillful layering of traditional kulintang music with pop, R&B and even punk influences for a sound that builds on tradition while feeling genuinely modern. About the album: U.S. ", Recommended if you like: Half Moon Run, Whoop-Szo, Agnes Obel. Girls, Pierre Kwenders, and more. You may unsubscribe at any time. Junia-T moved his rapping to the background and instead focused on producing and sequencing a front-to-back classic, an album that takes the listener down various sonic paths that end up in the same place at the end. Comments are welcome while open. Due to the ongoing pandemic, Polaris has chosen not to host a winner's gala this year. About the album: When Kaytranada's Bubba was released at the tail end of 2019, reviewers praised it as a "dance album front-to-back" and an "addictive club record" with "more-is-more production." Junia-T – Studio Monk update Article was updated Jul. As the sonic palette expands here to include more singers and collaborators (Basia Bulat, Rich Morel; vocal arrangements by Kritty Uranowski), the subject matter — often a Venn diagram of the personal and political — continues to dig deeper into the mind of Remy as she looks both backward and forward in time in search for introspection. That’s arguably the purpose of the prize as much as the $50,000 award. By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. For more information, head over to the Polaris website. Recommended if you like: David Bowie, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Debbie Harry, Basia Bulat. Girls, Witch Prophet, Backxwash, Junia-T, nêhiyawak, and Pantayo. Recommended if you like: FKA Twigs, Helado Negro, Y La Bamba, A Tribe Called Red. Instead, the short list will be celebrated in a special cinematic tribute, which will take place on Oct. 19, and will be broadcast in Canada on CBC Gem, CBC Music's Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages and around the globe at cbcmusic.ca/polaris. Favourite Spaces: Lido Pimienta reveals a colourful corner of her studio. After releasing the 40 long-listed albums last month, the Polaris Music Prize selection has finally been whittled down to the following ten albums: A Tribe Called Red – We Are The Halluci Nation She was also longlisted for Deviancy this year. As with 2016's 99,9%, these diverse emotional states flow ingeniously from start to finish and have got Kaytranada poised to pull off the Polaris Music Prize's first two-peat. Pimienta's unmistakably skilled vocals, paired with exquisite Afro-Colombian instrumentation, serve as this type of conduit to what's sacred, what's "home" — musically honouring the roots and textures that influenced her, while lyrically challenging the oppressive systems and states that have been built overtop of them. "Before you write, you ask yourself 'Are people ready to listen to this? It’s an album I dug into because of the Polaris Prize shortlist – then one I couldn’t stop playing on repeat. For this special, Polaris is searching for Canadian filmmakers to create commissioned films honouring each shortlisted album. The ever-prestigious Polaris Music Prize selection unveiled its short list last night, narrowing it down to the top ten choices from its 40 long-listed albums that released last month: Dominique Fils-Aimé — Stay Tuned! The opinions expressed in this blog are those of their authors; none of the authors are affiliated with the Polaris Prize organization, its sponsors, the jurors, or the nominated artists. The most important stories and least important memes, every Friday. To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Junia-T's album Studio Monk is on the Polaris Music Prize 2020 Short List. Pantayo, a word meaning "for us" in Tagalog, is the collective story of current members Eirene Cloma, Michelle Cruz, Joanna Delos Reyes, and sisters Kat and Katrina Estacio, one that mixes Tagalog and English lyrics with the sounds of their Filipino heritage and a DIY aesthetic that breaks down genre walls — creating connections in their place instead of erecting new walls. The production is industrial and explosive, surprising listeners at every turn by combining everything from televangelical sermons, Zambian singer Angela Nyirenda and church choirs to samples from Led Zeppelin, Patti Smith and Black Sabbath. The Polaris Music Prize is a music award annually given to the best full-length Canadian … Caribou’s Suddenly, Kaytranada’s Bubba, U.S. Girls’ Heavy Light, Lido Pimienta’s Miss Colombia, and Backxwash’s God Has Nothing To Do […] Elisapie, who is from Salluit, is one of 10 artists named to the 2019 Polaris Prize shortlist, announced July 16. Time stops, and the distinct feeling of oneness with the world around you is heavy. About the album: Ten albums in, Caribou frontman Dan Snaith continues to find new ways to grow and evolve his brand of dance music. Name: Backxwash Album: God has Nothing to do With This Leave him out of It Hometown: Montreal, via Lusaka, Zambia Release date: May 28, 2020 Polaris history: This is Backxwash's first Polaris short list nomination. Name: Pantayo Album: Pantayo Hometown: Eirene Cloma: North Vancouver; Michelle Cruz: Mandaluyong, Philippines; Joanna Delos Reyes: Tondo, Philippines; Katrina and Kat Estacio: Pasig, Philippines. We reserve the right to close comments at any time. By The Line Of Best Fit / 06 July 2010, 19:03 BST. The Polari First Book Prize 2020 shortlist : Queer Intentions: A Personal Journey through LGBTQ+ Culture - Amelia Abraham Life As A Unicorn - A Journey From Shame to Pride and Everything In Between - Amrou Recommended if you like: Zaki Ibrahim, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Kimmortel, Lido Pimienta. The all-women, queer Filipinx crew is based in Toronto, where the founding members met at a Philippine arts and culture centre in 2012. 22, 2014. DNA Activation is a deliberately feminist queering of sonic and linguistic landscapes — the songs are a cool collective tangle of jazz, R&B, hip hop and soul sung in English, Amharic, and Tigrinya — fuelled by Witch Prophet's Ethiopian and Eritrean roots, and inspired by her own family members, mythology, and Bible stories. The Polaris Music Prize has released its shortlist of nominees, after initially announcing the longlist of candidates earlier this year. "I created the term moccasin gaze to describe something that did not exist," he tweeted earlier this year. By the time Sunday of last weekend’s excellent Wayhome Music & Arts festival rolled around, my sun-assaulted brain begged me to flee the scene. By Joel Eastwood Data Journalist. Caribou's album Suddenly is on the 2020 Polaris Music Prize Short List. Pantayo – Pantayo The winner was announced by the previous year's winner, Jeremy Dutcher. Lido Pimienta's album Miss Colombia is on the 2020 Polaris Music Prize Short List. Tue., July 15, 2014 timer 3 min. Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted. Pantayo is a delightful surprise on the Polaris short list, and one that we're glad to have. Girls and White Lung were also nominated. Witch Prophet and her partner and co-producer SUN SUN have crafted a record full of purpose and intention. But Reyez, armed with a powerful and emotive voice, proves here that she can do it all, from tender love ballads to the more bombastic moments that deliver lines like the one she opens with. Jessie Reyez, Shad and Marie Davidson are among the 10 Canadian acts shortlisted for the 2019 Polaris Music Prize. "Excited about the traction, exciting for new voices. Check out the full list of them below. "Oh No" pairs bongos (and not much else) with British soul superstar Estelle; "What You Need" updates '90s pop as a vehicle for Charlotte Day Wilson's stylish singing; instrumental track "Scared to Death" is a swarm of insects that have come from the future to torment you; Island beats infuse "Need It" and "Midsection;" "Taste" is a delicious disco number, and in President Obama-endorsed "Go DJ," SiR enlists you in an irresistible call and response. Her two previous albums, Half Free and In a Poem Unlimited, were nominated in 2016 and 2018, respectively. Among the bigger artists who didn’t make it to the second round are Carly Rae Jepsen, Fucked Up, Operators, Orville Peck or Voivod. By submitting this form, you agree to receive electronic communications from the Polaris Music Prize containing news, updates and promotions regarding the Polaris Music Prize. Jessie Reyez's album Before Love Came to Kill Us is on the 2020 Polaris Music Prize Short List. About the album: DNA Activation is a wild and creative excavation of the sacred and the spiritual, and it's as intense and personal as it is joyful and inspiring. "I will not forget that power lies in me," Witch Prophet sings, and with her aptly titled new album, she delivers on that promise. Suddenly is his first new Caribou album in six years, following up the Polaris shortlisted Our Love, and it picks up where things left off. The Polaris Music Prize has revealed the shortlist of candidates for best Canadian album of the year. Fans of Remy will recognize some old cuts polished anew on Heavy Light ("Overtime," "Red Ford Radio"), and the album's interludes offer her guests to reflect on past experiences and their younger selves. Caribou – Suddenly And while the album does boast some tremendously danceable beats and richly layered sounds, these descriptions belie the subtlety employed by Kaytranada to evoke various moods across its 17 tracks. Audience Relations, CBC P.O. Lido Pimienta – Miss Colombia Name: Junia-T Album: Studio Monk Hometown: Mississauga Release date: Jan. 24 Polaris history: This is Junia-T's first Polaris nomination. "Feel like you lost a son but you gained a daughter," she raps on "Redemption," a sparse, deeply personal song that closes the album. read. Recommended if you like: Kaytranada, Frank Ocean, Anderson. Listen closely, genre is a colonial trap. And there is no better an artist in this country to do that for you than … About the album: Wading into the first tracks of Lido Pimienta's Miss Colombia is the musical equivalent of submerging in a warm pool of water, draped in sunlight and surrounded by lush greenery. Our Polaris Music Prize shortlist series kicks off with the sweet riffage of Black Mountain’s IV. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. This album is just the momentous beginning to what will be a long-running, successful career ahead. she said in an interview with Bandcamp, adding, "Am I ready for people to listen to these lyrics?" Her first EP, Kiddo, was longlisted in 2017. The winner will be announced in a ceremony on 10/19. nêhiyawak – nipiy This afternoon saw the announcement of the Polaris Prize Shortlist. The shortlist was announced July 15, 2020 in a radio special on CBC Music hosted by Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe. Of the five who have been nominated before, three have already won: Caribou, Kaytranada and Lido Pimienta. Listen to CBC Music's Polaris Picks playlist now. ", Harper and bandmates Marek Tyler (Harper's cousin) and Matthew Cardinal hail from amiskwaciy, also known as Edmonton, on Treaty 6 territory, and nipiy is their debut full-length. The Polaris Prize broke the shortlist of nominees in the running for 2019’s honours, and while jury is no stranger to championing the dynamic range of artists coming out of Canada, this year’s collection seems to focus on two artistic corners that have long since been too absent from the larger Canadian music discourse: specifically francophone music and hip hop. Following a similar reveal as last year, this year's 10 nominees were announced on CBC Music, in a radio special hosted by Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe. U.S. Pantayo's eponymous album is on the 2020 Polaris Music Prize Short List. Name: Witch Prophet Album: DNA Activation Hometown: Born in Kenya, raised in Toronto Release date: March 24, 2020 Polaris history: This is Witch Prophet's first time on the Polaris Music prize long and short lists. Fri, July, 14 by Celina Torrijos. Backxwash's album God Has Nothing to Do With This Leave Him Out of It is on the 2020 Polaris Music Prize Short List. Performances Backxwash – God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It Name: Jessie Reyez Album: Before Love Came to Kill Us  Hometown: Brampton, Ont. Witch Prophet – DNA Activation, The Number Ones: Bruce Hornsby & The Range’s “The Way It Is”, The Number Ones: Peter Cetera & Amy Grant’s “The Next Time I Fall”, Joe Rogan Says Grimes Did Not Give Dave Chappelle COVID-19, Watch Lady Gaga Sing The National Anthem At Joe Biden’s Inauguration, Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments. Now that the Polaris Music Prize has decided on a virtual ceremony to deliver this year's award, the 2020 short list has been officially unveiled. The 2019 Polaris Music Prize Gala was hosted at The Carlu and had performances from nine of the ten shortlisted artists, with the exception of Jessie Reyez, who did not perform due to injury. Her album was also nominated for the Juno Awards’ Indigenous Music Album of the Year earlier this year. (Listen to the full special here.). Whether it's radio-ready hits ("Sad Face Emojis" with Reyez), jazz improvisations ("Tommy's Intro"), laid-back rap with a touch of soul ("Ooowee" with Elijah Dax) or boom bap and bars ("Complicated" with Adam Bomb), Studio Monk has something for everyone. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Girls' latest album is crowded with voices, but make no mistake: Heavy Light is still very much the singular vision of leader Meg Remy. Caribou’s Suddenly, Kaytranada’s Bubba, U.S. Girls’ Heavy Light, Lido Pimienta’s Miss Colombia, and Backxwash’s God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It are among the nominees. Ready or not, the album is a powerful statement that demands our attention. Three of the shortlisted artists (Caribou, Kaytranada, and Lido Pimienta) have won a previous Polaris Music Prize, with two (Jessie Reyez and U.S. Name: Kaytranada Album: Bubba Hometown: Montreal Release date: Dec. 13, 2019 Polaris history: Kaytranada's debut album, 99,9%, won the 2017 Polaris Music Prize. The winner of the 2020 Polaris Music Prize and the $50,000 cash prize will be revealed live at the end of that event. Marie Davidson and Toronto band PUP are among the artists shortlisted for the 2019 Polaris Prize. 16 Canadian contenders for this year's song of the summer. Name: Lido Pimienta Album: Miss Colombia Hometown: Barranquilla, Colombia, before moving to London, Ont. Recommended if you like: Four Tet, Floating Points, Hot Chip. A group of Canadian writers and music fans explore the Polaris Prize shortlist - one album per week prior to the awarding of the prize on September 20, 2010. 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