Essentially Canada's equivalent of the Barclaycard Mercury Prize, the Polaris Music Prize has reached international renowned.
2014's long list was unveiled earlier this year in Calgary, and - a few moments ago - the final short list was presented in at The Carlu's Round Room in Toronto.
Without further ado, the short list names are:
Arcade Fire – Reflektor
Basia Bulat – Tall Tall Shadow
Mac DeMarco – Salad Days
Drake – Nothing Was The Same
Jessy Lanza – Pull My Hair Back
Owen Pallett – In Conflict
Shad – Flying Colours
Tanya Tagaq – Animism
Timber Timbre – Hot Dreams
YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN - UZU
Montreal actor, producer, and writer Jay Baruchel is set to host the final ceremony. "As both a music nerd and a patriot the decision to be a part of this award that honours the best in our country's music was an easy one," said Baruchel. "I am beyond flattered and more than a little nervous. Above all else I am honoured to be hosting the Polaris Music Prize Gala. Here's to me being arguably the least hip person in the room come awards night."
The Polaris Gala will be held on Monday, September 22nd at The Carlu in Toronto.