Albums by Broken Social Scene, Sarah Harmer and the New Pornographers are among the 10 nominees for the inaugural Polaris Music Prize.
The $20,000 award was created to honour Canada’s best album based on creative quality, irrespective of musical genre or sales figures.
Also nominated are releases from Cadence Weapon, The Deadly Snakes, Final Fantasy, K’nann, Malajube, Metric and Wolf Parade.
They were selected from a pool of 165 by a panel of more than 120 music journalists and broadcasters.
To be eligible, an album had to be released between June 1, 2005 and May 31, 2006. The winner will be announced at a gala concert in Toronto on Sept. 18.
In tone and task, the prize is most comparable to the popular Mercury Prize in the U.K.
The nominees will be featured on a 10-track compilation CD, set for release in August.
the nominees and their albums: