Tegan and Sara
are on the short list of ten artists in the running for the the prestigious Candanain Polaris Music Prize for their album Heartthrob
. Tegan and Sara are no stranger to this list, their 2009 release, Sainthood
was up for the Polaris Music Prize in 2010.
The finalists were announced early this morning by singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards and rapper Shad in Toronto who will both host the awards on September 23. The Polaris Music Prize is annually given to the best full-length Canadian album. Unlike most awards, which are based on album sales, the Polaris Music Prize is chosen based on artist merit.
Tegan and Sara’s latest release Heartthrob
is nominated for the Polaris Music Prize. Other artists in consideration for this year are Purity Ring, Whitehorse, Metric, and A Tribe Called Red. Executive director of Polaris commented the award selection process, "It's an interesting breakdown every year. It goes all over the map, but more importantly people really listen to each other in the internal discussions, even the ones who don't weigh in and aren't vocal. People still hear the arguments; they still hear someone's passion for a record that they may not themselves understand. It's an unseen benefit of Polaris is the openness we're instilling in the music media in Canada. People are really seriously considering their ballot every time they vote.”
The winner will be selected by an 11-member jury while the nominees peform and receive individual acknowledgement awards. The winner is announced at the conclusion of the evening and receives $30,000. Runners up receive $,2000 each.