The Polaris Music Prize is an annual award bestowed upon the Best Canadian album of the past year, from June to June, based on artistic merit alone. At the end of that period, an initial long list of 40 eligible albums is announced; in July, those 40 are pared down to just ten. The winner is decided by a panel of Canadian journalists, media figures, and musicians, and is chosen regardless of genre, sales, or record label.
Rdio has once again joined with the Polaris Music Prize to power a series of nominated album streams we call the Polaris Record Club. Starting today, August 21, the Polaris website will offer 24-hour full-album streams from the Short List, courtesy of Rdio. Every week, listeners can hear two new albums on the site, leading up to the Polaris Gala event on September 24 in Toronto.
But, you can listen anytime on Rdio to the nominated artists and albums, which include:
The award was established in 2006. Past winners have included Final Fantasy’s He Poos Clouds, Caribou’s Andorra, and Fucked Up’s The Chemistry of Common Life.
The first album of this year’s Polaris Record Club is Cadence Weapon’s Hope In Dirt City. The Edmonton, Alberta native is known for experimenting with the rap formula, using sparse, austere soundscapes and out-there electronic as beats for his unique flow and intelligent lyrics, but Hope is his most consistent album to date. The artist melds funk, soul, electronic, rock, and a myriad other genres to create a wholly unique album that represents the apex of an already formidable discography. Listen to it below:
The next album to be streamed is Cold Specks’ I Predict A Graceful Explosion, on August 23. We'll continue to preview the albums nominated for the Polaris Music Prize after that. For now, listen to Cadence Weapon and follow Polaris on Rdio, listen to their exclusive playlists, and be sure to check out www.polarismusicprize.com for all award-related info.