Metric, Tegan and Sara make Polaris Prize shortlist
Emily Haines of Metric performs at the 2nd weekend of the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club, in Indio, Calif., Friday, April 19, 2013. (AP / Invision / John Shearer)
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, July 16, 2013 1:52PM EDT
TORONTO - Toronto new-wave band Metric, Montreal jazz saxophonist Colin Stetson and Calgary twins Tegan and Sara are among the artists who have been named to the short list for the $30,000 Polaris Music Prize.
Although all three have been contenders for the Polaris in the past, the rest of this year's nominees made the 10-album short list for the first time in their careers.
Among those Polaris newcomers are Montreal art-rock collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Nanaimo, B.C.-born songwriter Zaki Ibrahim, Toronto noise-rockers Metz and Montreal electronic act Purity Ring.
The list is rounded out by Hamilton roots duo Whitehorse, Aboriginal hip-hop trio A Tribe Called Red and Montreal-based electro pop outfit Young Galaxy.
The winner of this year's Polaris will be announced at a gala in Toronto on Sept. 23.
The award is given to the best Canadian album of the previous year as decided by a 10-person grand jury of music journalists, bloggers and broadcasters.