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2010 Polaris Prize nominees announced

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    A lot of jokes involve Canada (and we’ve perpetuated a lot of those stereotypes here at CoS). But if there’s one thing our neighbors to the north do well, it’s honor their best and brightest musicians with the Polaris Prize. And that they’ll do come September 20th in Toronto. As of now, however, 40 acts and their must-hear albums have been announced, but that list will get leaner by next month.

    According to the Montreal Gazette, the 2010 award honors albums released from June 1st, 2009 to May 31st, 2010. The prize, whose potential winners are chosen by 200 Canadian music critics, went to Fucked Up last year. But it’s not just a fancy, schmancy award. Along with bragging rights, the winners receive a big fat check for $20,000. (Probably more money they’d make otherwise on the actual album.) Pretty sweet deal, all in all.

    You can take a peek at the 40 nominees below. Just from a quick glance, stand outs include: The Besnard Lakes, Broken Social Scene, Caribou (who won in 2008), Frog Eyes, Owen Pallet (who won in 2006), The New Pornographers, Tegan & Sara, You Say Party! We Say Die!, and Zeus.

    As always, stay tuned to for the shortlist and the eventual winner.

    2010 Polaris Prize Nominees:
    01. Apollo Ghosts – Mount Benson
    02. Bahamas – Pink Strat
    03. The Besnard Lakes – The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night
    04. Blue Rodeo – The Things We Left Behind
    05. Brasstronaut – Mt. Chimaera
    06. Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record
    07. Basia Bulat – Heart Of My Own
    08. By Divine Right – Mutant Message
    09. Caribou – Swim
    10. Jason Collett – Rat A Tat Tat
    11. Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles (II)
    12. Amelia Curran – Hunter, Hunter
    13. Fred Fortin – Plastrer La Lune
    14. Frog Eyes – Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph
    15. Hannah Georgas – This Is Good
    16. Ghostkeeper – Ghostkeeper
    17. Holy Fuck – Latin
    18. Karkwa – Les Chemins De Verre
    19. LeE HARVeY OsMOND – A Quiet Evil
    20. Greg MacPherson – Mr. Invitation
    21. Dan Mangan – Nice, Nice, Very Nice
    22. Misteur Valaire – Golden Bombay
    23. The New Pornographers – Together
    24. Owen Pallett – Heartland
    25. Plants And Animals – La La Land
    26. Radio Radio – Belmundo Regal
    27. Justin Rutledge – The Early Widows
    28. The Sadies – Darker Circles
    29. Shad – TSOL
    30. Elizabeth Shepherd – Heavy Falls The Night
    31. The Slew – 100%
    32. Meaghan Smith – The Cricket’s Orchestra
    33. South Rakkas Crew – The Stimulus Package
    34. Tegan And Sara – Sainthood
    35. The Wooden Sky – If I Don’t Come Home You’ll Know I’m Gone
    36. Hawksley Workman – Meat
    37. You Say Party! We Say Die! – XXXX
    38. Young Galaxy- Invisible Republic
    39.Yukon Blonde – Yukon Blonde
    40. Zeus – Say Us

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