It is that time of year again. Yes, the Polaris Music Prize celebrates the absolute very best in Canadian music every year based solely on artistic merit as Canadian music artists compete for the top prize of the album of the year award. This year's list of nominations will be announced on June 17 with a shortlist to follow on July 6.
In preparation for my fall internship at CBC Radio 3, I have been boning up on the latest and greatest in all things Canadian music. It is truly a great time for the Canadian music scene right now. So, below is my humble, but far from comprehensive, top five list of picks for the best Canadian albums of the past year. Hopefully, one day I will be esteemed enough to have an official vote on the Polaris panel of jurors.
Fun fact: I have seen four out of five of my picks perform live. Two Hours Traffic is the only one I have yet to see.
Update: Not bad, 4 out of 5 of my picks made the official long list!