The shortlist for 2008’s Polaris Prize is out:
Black Mountain – In The Future
Plants and Animals – Parc Avenue
Basia Bulat – Oh, My Darling
Stars – In Our Bedroom After The War
Caribou – Andorra
Shad – The Old Prince
Kathleen Edwards – Asking For Flower
Two Hours Traffic – Little Jabs
Holy Fuck – LP
The Weakerthans – Reunion Tour
Are you surprised? There are a couple nominees I didn’t expect to see. Somehow I have never heard of Kathleen Edwards, and her Wikipedia entry suggests she doesn’t deserve my ignorance. The same goes for Shad.
My knowledge of Cancon doesn’t have the breadth, let along the depth, that I sometimes like to imagine.
Having said that, I can vouch for the excellentness of Stars, Caribou, Holy Fuck, and The Weakerthans. Finding out more about the other artists will make an excellent task for after I have my wisdom teeth pulled in a few weeks.
You can hear samples from all the artists in a special Polaris-themed Radio 3 Podcast. Have I told you lately how wonderful the CBC is?
[photo] “DSC_3465” by David Topping