The Polaris Music Prize has narrowed their list to just ten releases. From the original 40 included on the Long List, those remaining portray a refreshingly diverse group paired with exceptional artistry.
A leader in independent music across Canada, The Orchard’s partners at Bonsound have released three of the ten nominated albums.
Marie Davidson is currently in the running for the Prize for her October 2018 release, Working Class Woman (Make It Rain). The electronic beats blend with conversational soundbites to create an scenery built by music. As the conductor, Marie has invented a soundscape for the “Working Class Woman” earning her placement on the list of musical visionaries for 2019.
A filmmaker, broadcaster, and singer, Elisapie sends a powerful message with The Ballad of the Runaway Girl (Bonsound). Elisapie uses her voice for philanthropy and awareness as an Inuit icon through her many projects. In her latest release, the artist grapples with themes of identity, drawing the love of fans, and the Polaris Music Prize, alike.
An alternative album mixing funky French, hip-hop and rock, Les Louanges has also landed on the list with La nuit est une panthère (Bonsound). Les Louanges (aka Vincent Roberge) redefines pop music while highlighting the duality of a musician’s lifestyle. Now, Vincent is working on more music coming in the Fall.
There you have it, our short Short List. The final honoree will be announced at the Polaris Gala on September 16th.