2021 Polaris Prize names the 10 best Canadian albums of the year

Polaris Music Prize has announced its shortlist for 2021 in a special broadcast on CBC Music.

The 10-album list represents the best Canadian albums of the year as voted by a large jury of critics, journalists and music professionals. The winner will be awarded $50,000 and will be announced at a virtual gala in the near future (details are still TBA). Last year’s event took place on YouTube with original short films from all 10 nominees. Montreal horrorcore rapper Backxwash took it home for her album God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It.

This year’s shortlist features the OBGMs, who were on the cover of NOW’s Sound Of Toronto 2021 issue, and rapper DijahSB, who was also part of that class. Mustafa, another recent NOW cover star, also made the list.

They join fellow Toronto-based artists the Weather Station, TOBi and Cadence Weapon, who is on the shortlist for the third time. Also on the list are Indigenous artists Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (read our recent interview with her here) and Zoon. Check out the full shortlist below:

Cadence Weapon: Parallel World

DijahSB: Head Above The Waters

Dominique Fils-Aimé: Three Little Words

Klô Pelgag: Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs 

Mustafa: When Smoke Rises

The OBGMs: The Ends

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson: Theory Of Ice


The Weather Station: Ignorance

Zoon: Bleached Wavves


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