Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Metric – pictured above – and Metz are amongst the artists shortlisted for this year’s Polaris Music Prize, the Canadian equivalent of the Mercury Music Prize.
Tegan and Sara and Purity Ring have also made the final ten. Scroll down to see all of the artists shortlisted for the award. The award will be given out in a gala ceremony on September 23 in Toronto. Feist won last year’s Polaris Music Prize, collecting a $30,000 (£19,000) cheque from Jeremy Gara and Tim Kingsbury of Arcade Fire, who won the gong in 2011.
Of the shortlist, which was announced earlier today, the prize’s founder and executive director Steve Jordan said: “This moody and exciting list is proof that the ‘Canadian sound’ has no stylistic boundaries. In equal measure we welcome the seven rookies and three repeat nominees to this year’s shortlist.”
The full list of shortlisted artists for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize is:
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!’
Zaki Ibrahim – ‘Every Opposite’
Metric – ‘Synthetica’
METZ – ‘METZ’
Purity Ring – ‘Shrines’
Colin Stetson – ‘New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light’
Tegan and Sara – ‘Heartthrob’
A Tribe Called Red – ‘Nation II Nation’
Whitehorse – ‘The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss’
Young Galaxy – ‘Ultramarine’