Arcade Fire, Feist and Besnard Lakes are in the running

The nominees have been announced for the 2007 Polaris Music Prize, to be awarded in September.

Arcade Fire’s ‘Neon Bible’, The Besnard Lakes ‘The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse’ and Feist’s ‘The Reminder’ are all in the running for the Canadian award which is the equivalent of the UK’s Mercury Music Prize.

Voting for the winner are almost 200 Canadian music journalists and experts, who will make the decision based on albums “of the highest artistic integrity, without regard to musical genre, professional affiliation, or sales history”

The winner will receive $20,000, and will be announced September 24.

The nominees are:

Arcade Fire – Neon Bible

The Besnard Lakes – The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse

The Dears – Gang of Losers

Julie Doiron – Woke Myself Up

Feist – The Reminder

Junior Boys – So This Is Goodbye

Miracle Fortress – Five Roses

Joel Plaskett Emergency – Ashtray Rock

Chan VanGaalen – Skelliconnection

Patrick Watson – Close to Paradise

–By our New York staff.

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