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Leonard Cohen and Gord Downie Up For Polaris Prize

by Roger Wink, VVN Music on July 17, 2017

in News,Noise Pro

The short list has been announced for the Polaris Music Prize and it contains two veteran artists, one who recently passed away and one who is terminally ill.

Leonard Cohen, who died on November 7 of last year, has made the final ten with his last official album, You Want It Darker. This is Cohen’s first time making the list for the prize that was established in 2006 to honor the best Canadian album based on artistic merit.

Also on the list is Gord Downie, the lead singer of the Tragically Hip, for his album Secret Path which was based on the story of a native boy who, in 1966, was killed after escaping an Indian residential school. It is also the first nomination for Downie who was diagnosed last year with a terminal brain tumor.

Two former winners are also nominated. Feist won in 2012 with her album Metals and is up this year for Pleasure. She was also nominated in 2007 for The Reminder. Tanya Tagaq took the prize in 2014 for Animism and is on the short list this year for Retribution.

This year’s short list:

We Are the Halluci Nation – A Tribe Called Red
IV – BADBADNOTGOOD
You Want It Darker – Leonard Cohen
Secret Path – Gord Downie
Pleasure – Feist
Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen? – Lisa LeBlanc
La Papessa – Lido Pimienta
Retribution – Tanya Tagaq
Twin Solitude – Leif Vollebekk
Weaves – Weaves

An eleven member grand jury will now debate the merits of the ten nominees and a winner will be announced on September 18 at the Carlu in Toronto. The winner receives $50,000 while the runner-ups get $3,000 each.

The previous winners of the Polaris Music Prize:

2006 – He Poos Clouds – Final Fantasy
2007 – Close to Paradise – Patrick Watson
2008 – Andorra – Caribou
2009 – The Chemistry of Common Life – Fucked Up
2010 – Les Chemins de verre – Karkwa
2011 – The Suburbs – Arcade Fire
2012 – Metals – Feist
2013 – ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! – Godspeed You! Black Emperor
2014 – Animism – Tanya Tagaq
2015 – Power in the Blood – Buffy Sainte-Marie
2016 – 99.9% – Kaytranada

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