Feist, Drake, Japandroids Make Polaris Prize Shortlist

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The Polaris Awards have announced their shortlist of 10 albums that are up for the 2012 prize, including Drake’s Take Care, Feist’s Metals, Japandroids’ Celebration Rock, Grimes’ Visions, and Fucked Up’s David Comes to Life. Also included are Handsome Furs’ Sound Kapital, Kathleen Edwards’ Voyageur, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan’s YT // ST, rapper Cadence Weapon’s Hope in Dirt City, and Cold Specks’ I Predict a Graceful Expulsion.

The final nominees were announced today at the Drake Hotel in Toronto
at an event hosted by CBC Radio 3’s Craig Norris. Now in its seventh
year, the Polaris Music Prize awards $30,000 to the artist responsible
for Canadian Album of the Year, which is chosen by a jury of over 200
members of the Candian music media. The other nine nominees receive
$2,000 courtesy of Slaight Music. Albums are “judged solely on artistic
merit, without consideration of genre or record sales,” a statement