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Toronto musicians in the running for Polaris Music Prize

Last Updated Jul 17, 2018 at 2:32 pm EDT

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Toronto artists Alvvays, Weaves, Daniel Caesar and American expat Meg Remy, a.k.a. U.S. Girls, are all on the short list for the Polaris Music Prize, which was announced Tuesday.

The $50,000 prize is especially meaningful for musicians as their album is judged solely on artistic merit and not on genre or album sales.

The other artists on the short list each receive $3,000.

Here are the 10 albums that made the list.

  • 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 albums are selected by a jury of journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across the country.

Past winners include Feist (2012), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015) and Arcade Fire (2011).

The award will be handed out Sept. 17 at The Carlu in Toronto.

Watch reporter Lindsay Dunn’s interview with Weaves ahead of the Junos and with Daniel Caesar’s producer Riley Bell about the Juno Award-winning album Freudian.