TORONTO — The winner of the Polaris Music Prize is being revealed tonight in a shortened version of the standard festivities.
Organizers of the $50,000 award celebrating the very best Canadian album of the yr say they’re planning a present that runs about half an hour and options two performances by final yr’s winner, Backxwash.
The occasion will probably be hosted by Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe of CBC Music and stream on CBC Gem and CBC Music’s Fb, Twitter and YouTube pages at 8 p.m. ET.
It is a vital change from different years when all 10 shortlisted Polaris contenders had the chance to showcase their nominated albums, often with a dwell efficiency.
Polaris representatives say “continued uncertainty” round public gatherings led to the choice to forgo an in-person occasion.
Albums vying for the prize this yr embody Quebec singer Dominique Fils-Aime’s “Three Little Phrases” and Toronto rapper Tobi’s “Parts Vol. 1.”
Among the many different Polaris-nominated albums are two efforts from Toronto rappers — Cadence Weapon’s “Parallel World” and DijahSB’s “Head Above the Waters” — in addition to the debut album of Mustafa, “When Smoke Rises.”
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The burgeoning Indigenous music scene can also be represented by Zoon’s “Bleached Waves” and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s “Principle of Ice,” whereas people act the Climate Station is up for “Ignorance,” punk outfit the OBGMs for “The Ends.’ and Quebec singer-songwriter Klo Pelgag for “Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs.”
The Polaris Music Prize awards the artist or group that created the very best Canadian album of the earlier yr — regardless of style or gross sales — as chosen by a crew of journalists, broadcasters and bloggers.
Every shortlisted contender receives a $3,000 prize and the winner is narrowed down by an 11-member jury.
Past its money worth, the popularity places the winner’s music within the world highlight. Previous recipients have included Jeremy Dutcher, Haviah Mighty and Kaytranada.
Final yr, the Polaris organizers took a really totally different route because the COVID-19 pandemic sidelined the standard Toronto soiree of dwell performances from nominated artists.
They determined to host a “cinematic occasion” the place a bunch of filmmakers had been enlisted to supply quick movies set to the music of the 2020 shortlisted contenders.
That yr, Backxwash grew to become the primary transgender winner of the prize for her goth-metal album “God Has Nothing to Do With This Go away Him Out of It.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Sept. 27, 2021.
David Good friend, The Canadian Press