Canadian music is a hugely influential part of the culture here at Lixar – one of the many reasons we’re once again proud to support the Polaris Music Prize. The Polaris shortlist was announced on Tuesday, July 16th, showcasing 10 Canadian artists in contention for the prize of $ 50 000 and recognition as one of the country’s top music artists.
We love the Polaris Prize because artists are awarded based on artistic merit – not album sales, streams, genre, or radio play. Every year the Polaris jury selects artists that display sonic diversity, a myriad of different musical backgrounds, and unparalleled artistic vision. Each artist has created an album that exemplifies creative excellence and represents a unique perspective on the Canadian experience.
This years shortlist features offerings of soul, hip hop, R&B, pop, punk, frenetic electronic experimental free-jazz, and much more. Diverse as the list is, the artists are united in one respect: they’re difficult to slot into one genre and each feature a distinct and mature artistic voice.
“It’s great as a Canadian to be given an opportunity every year to reimagine what music means to us. The Polaris prize helps shape that and helps to define our Canadian collective music identity” Bill Syrros, CEO Lixar
We’re also proud to note that several of the artists are “Lixar Presents” alumni. We love to put a spotlight on Canadian talent and have presented artists like PUP, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, and Haviah Mighty, among many more. Over the years we’ve worked with festivals like Osheaga, HPX, and Megaphono to ensure burgeoning artists get support they need – and we’ll soon add an exciting initiative with Polaris to that list. Stay tuned!
The 2019 Polaris Music Prize Short List is:
Marie Davidson – Working Class Woman
Elisapie – The Ballad of the Runaway Girl
FET.NAT – Le Mal
Dominique Fils-Aimé – Stay Tuned!
Les Louanges – La nuit est une panthère
Haviah Mighty – 13th Floor
PUP – Morbid Stuff
Jessie Reyez – Being Human In Public
Shad – A Short Story About A War
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – Trapline
Year after year, we enjoy discovering new Canadian artists through the showcase that the Polaris Prize provides. We’re excited to see who goes home with the top prize, but most of all we’re grateful for all the excellent new music we’ll be adding to our record collections.