Broken Social Scene, Tegan And Sara, Owen Pallett make Polaris Prize shortlist

The winner of Canada's equivalent of the Mercury Prize will be announced on September 20

Broken Social Scene, Tegan and Sara and Owen Pallet are among the names to make the shortlist for this year’s Polaris Music Prize.

The annual award, which is Canada’s equivalent of the Mercury Prize, goes to the “best full-length Canadian album, judged solely on artistic merit, without regard to genre or record sales”.

Voted for by almost 200 music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada, the winner will also receive $20,000.

As previously reported, Crystal Castles, Holy Fuck and You Say Party! We Say Die! all made the initial list of 40 albums, but have failed to make the shortlist.

Last year Fucked Up scooped the coveted award and prize money for their album ‘The Chemistry Of Common Life’, while this year’s winner will be announced on September 20.

The shortlist of nominees for this year’s Polaris Music Prize is:

The Besnard Lakes – ‘The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night’
Broken Social Scene – ‘Forgiveness Rock Record’
Caribou – ‘Swim’
Karkwa – ‘Les Chemins De Verre’
Dan Mangan – ‘Nice, Nice, Very Nice’
Owen Pallett – ‘Heartland’
Radio Radio – ‘Belmundo Regal’
The Sadies – ‘Darker Circles’
Shad – ‘TSOL’
Tegan And Sara – ‘Sainthood’