The Polaris group recently announced the short-list of 10 nominated albums up for their annual naming of the year’s most artistic album. This short list was the result of the whittling down of the longer list of 40 albums announced earlier.
The winner will be revealed at a gala on September 19, 2016 in Toronto and receive a cash prize of $50,000. The nine other short-list nominees are guaranteed $3,000 prize money. The 10 nominated albums are BC’s Black Mountain for alternative work IV released April 1, 2016; Ontario singer-songwriter Basia Bulat for Good Advice released February 12, 2016; BC alternative pop artist Grimes for Art Angels released November 6, 2015; Emotion by BC pop artist Carly Rae Jepsen released August 20, 2015; Quebec R&B artist Kaytranada for 99.9% released May 6, 2016; Oh No by Ontario alternative artist Jessy Lanza released May 13, 2016; Ontario punk group Pup for The Dream Is Over released May 27, 2016; Saskatchewan singer-songwriter Andy Shauf for The Party released May 20, 2016; American soloist Meghan Remy under alias U.S. Girls for alternative album Half Free released September 24, 2015; BC punk group White Lung for Paradise released May 6, 2016.