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06-16-2009, 01:48 PM
Best Canadian release of the year...The Long List:

Arkells - Jackson Square
Jill Barber - Chances
Beast - Beast
Bell Orchestre - As Seen Through Windows
Bison B.C. - Quiet Earth
Bruce Peninsula - A Mountain Is A Mouth
Cœur De Pirate - Cœur De Pirate
Leonard Cohen - Live In London
D-Sisive - Let The Children Die
Elephant Stone - The Seven Seas
Elliott Brood - Mountain Meadows
Fucked Up - The Chemistry Of Common Life
Great Lake Swimmers - Lost Channels
Handsome Furs - Face Control
Tim Hecker - An Imaginary Country
Hey Rosetta! - Into Your Lungs
Japandroids - Post-Nothing
Junior Boys - Begone Dull Care
K'NAAN - Troubadour
La patère rose - La patère rose
Land Of Talk - Some Are Lakes
Lhasa - Lhasa
Malajube - Labyrinthes
Metric - Fantasies
One Hundred Dollars - Forest Of Tears
Pink Mountaintops - Outside Love
Joel Plaskett - Three
Snailhouse - Lies On The Prize
Charles Spearin - The Happiness Project
Rae Spoon - superioryouareinferior
The Stills - Oceans Will Rise
Think About Life - Family
Timber Timbre - Timber Timbre
Chad VanGaalen - Soft Airplane
Martha Wainwright - I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too
Patrick Watson - Wooden Arms
Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer
Women - Women
Woodpigeon - Treasury Library Canada C/W Houndstooth Europa


06-16-2009, 01:53 PM
My shortlist:

Cœur De Pirate - Cœur De Pirate
Leonard Cohen - Live In London
Fucked Up - The Chemistry Of Common Life
Japandroids - Post-Nothing
K'NAAN - Troubadour
Chad VanGaalen - Soft Airplane

06-16-2009, 02:02 PM
I think it's probably Wolf Parade's year, but I don't think it's their best release.

Much as I loved As Seen Through Windows on release, I listen to Recording a Tape.... a lot more. Also, I wish Bell Orchestre would get somebody else to do the damn names.

06-16-2009, 02:02 PM
If there's any justice left in the world, Begone Dull Care will take home the prize.

06-16-2009, 05:53 PM
My shortlist:

Arkells - Jackson Square
Beast - Beast
Hey Rosetta! - Into Your Lungs
Metric - Fantasies

I'm pulling for Hey Rosetta!

07-08-2009, 03:22 AM
Shortlist released:

The 10 nominees are, in alphabetical order:

Elliott BROOD – Mountain Meadows
(Toronto, ON)

Fucked Up – The Chemistry Of Common Life
(Toronto, ON)

Great Lake Swimmers – Lost Channels
(Toronto, ON)

Hey Rosetta! – Into Your Lungs (and around in your heart and on through your blood)
(St. John’s, NF)

K’NAAN – Troubadour
(Toronto, ON)

Malajube – Labyrinthes
(Montréal, QC)

Metric – Fantasies
(Toronto, ON)

Joel Plaskett – Three
(Halifax, NS)

Chad VanGaalen – Soft Airplane
(Calgary, AB)

Patrick Watson – Wooden Arms
(Montréal, QC)

07-08-2009, 08:01 AM
Metric and K'naan without a doubt.

07-08-2009, 08:01 AM
Metric don't deserve to make the shortlist any more than Wolf Parade deserved the cut.

Not overly impressed.

07-08-2009, 11:48 AM
Chat VanGaalen? WTF. That Malajube record is fucking awful, too.

W/e... I'm pulling for Fucked Up now.

07-08-2009, 11:56 AM
Fucked Up counts even though it was released in '08?

rage patton
07-08-2009, 12:21 PM
Fucked Up was late 08 release. If you have noticed, 2009 isn't over yet. This is the polaris prize for all albums released since the last polaris prize was anounced through now. So 2008 and 2009 albums will be included.

I also really hope Fucked Up wins.

07-08-2009, 12:23 PM
Fucked Up was late 08 release. If you have noticed, 2009 isn't over yet. This is the polaris prize for all albums released since the last polaris prize was anounced through now. So 2008 and 2009 albums will be included.

Oh, ok, so it's not by year but by time between awards. Got it.

09-21-2009, 11:04 PM
Fucked Up won.

06-16-2011, 03:57 PM

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
Austra - Feel It Break
Black Mountain - Wilderness Heart
Braids - Native Speaker
Buck 65 - 20 Odd Years
Louise Burns - Mellow Drama
D-Sisive - Jonestown 2: Jimmy Go Bye Bye
The Dears - Degeneration Street
Destroyer - Kaputt
Diamond Rings - Special Affections
Dirty Beaches - Badlands
Luke Doucet and The White Falcon - Steel City Trawler
Eternia & MoSS - At Last
Galaxie - Tigre et Diesel
Jenn Grant - Honeymoon Punch
Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972
Hey Rosetta! - Seeds
Hooded Fang - Album
Imaginary Cities - Temporary Resident
Land Of Talk - Cloak and Cipher
Little Scream - The Golden Record
The Luyas - Too Beautiful To Work
Malajube - La Caverne
Miracle Fortress - Was I The Wave?
One Hundred Dollars - Songs Of Man
Doug Paisley - Constant Companion
PS I Love You - Meet Me At The Muster Station
Daniel Romano - Sleep Beneath the Willow
The Rural Alberta Advantage - Departing
Ron Sexsmith - Long Player Late Bloomer
Shotgun Jimmie - Transistor Sister
Sloan - The Double Cross
Frederick Squire - March 12
Stars - The Five Ghosts
Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
Timber Timbre - Creep On Creepin' On
The Weeknd - House Of Balloons
Women - Public Strain
Neil Young - Le Noise
Young Galaxy - Shapeshifting

I tend to like Polaris longlists a lot more than their shortlists.

06-16-2011, 04:10 PM
Granted, the Polaris Prize often goes to a not so obvious choice but it will be hard to justify not giving it to Aracade Fire, a most obvious choice.
How could they not?

06-16-2011, 04:20 PM
Indeed. Would feel like an awful waste though, same for Neil Young. One thing that sets Polaris apart is that it picks up on people like Colin Stetson or Little Scream, who, aside from deserving it as much or more than some of the other big hitters, wouldn't really come in for other awards, and would really benefit from the prize. Those people rarely win, but at the same time, the acknowledgement is nice.

It's a weird grab bag of stuff that puts Stars up against Tim Hecker. That's kind of what I like about Polaris, but it's kind of what's shit about it too.

06-16-2011, 05:41 PM
Ron Sexsmith, Braids or Arcade Fire is who I think would win it.

07-10-2011, 08:17 AM

Arcade Fire, The Suburbs
Austra, Feel it Break
Braids, Native Speaker
Destroyer, Kaputt
Galaxie, Tigre et diésel
Hey Rosetta!, Seeds
Ron Sexsmith, Long Player Late Bloomer
Colin Stetson, New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
Timber Timbre, Creep On Creepin' On
The Weeknd, House of Balloons

Interview with Colin Stetson:


09-19-2011, 04:50 PM
Streaming here:


Austra's already played.

09-21-2011, 05:03 AM
Congrats to Arcade Fire for winning!