Arcade Fire, Austra and Timber Timbre announced for Polaris Music Prize shortlist

Albums and acts in contention for the ‘Canadian Mercury’ have been revealed

The shortlist for the Polaris Music Prize, the Canadian equivalent of the UK’s Mercury Music Prize, has been announced.

Arcade Fire, Austra – pictured below – and Timber Timbre all have albums in the running for the award, which has been going since 2006.

Ten different LPs have been shortlisted for the award, which names the jury’s best album of the past 12 months. The winner will be revealed on September 19.

Fucked Up, Caribou and Final Fantasy are all former winners of the Polaris Music Prize.


The shortlist is:

‘The Suburbs’ – Arcade Fire
‘Feel It Break’ – Austra
‘Native Speaker’ – Braids
‘Kaputt’ – Destroyer
‘Tigre Et Diesel’ – Galaxie
‘Seeds’ – Hey Rosetta!
‘Long Player Late Bloomer’ – Ron Sexsmith
‘New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges’ – Colin Stetson
‘Creep On Creepin’ On’ – Timber Timbre
‘House Of Balloons’ – The Weeknd

The Mercury Music Prize shortlist will be announced on July 19. Check back on NME.COM to find out which acts and albums are in the running.