Stay Tuned! Quebec’s Dominique Fils-Aimé heralds the slate alphabetically with her R&B album. It is one of 10 Canadian records that have been shortlisted for the annual Polaris Music Prize, a cash reward of $50,000 presented to the disc of music deemed by judges to have the most artistic merit. Dominique’s provincial cohorts Elisapie and FET.NAT join her with singer-songwriter disc The Ballad of the Runaway Girl and alternative album Le Mal respectively.
Ontario’s Haviah Mighty caught the judges’ ears rapping on the 13th Floor. Also from the province of black flies and horseshoe falls is R&B JUNO winner Jessie Reyez who gets the nod for Being Human in Public.
The CMB’s pick of the batch is Les Louanges‘ alternative LP La nuit est une panthère. Working Class Woman Marie Davidson follows with another alternative effort. Both artists hail from Montreal. Toronto alt-rock outfit PUP attracted attention with some Morbid Stuff. Well-known rapper Shad, a JUNO winner, is shortlisted for A Short Story About a War. Finally, BC’s Snotty Nose Rez Kids make the grade with Trapline, another rap album.
Unlike the past couple of years, there is no clear frontrunner for the 2019 award. Any of these could find themselves 50 grand richer. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Toronto on September 16.