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Metric, Tegan and Sara, Godspeed You! make Polaris Prize short list

Tegan and Sara

Lindsey Byrnes

Toronto new-wave band Metric, Montreal jazz saxophonist Colin Stetson and Calgary twins Tegan and Sara are among the artists who have been named to the short list for the $30,000 Polaris Music Prize.

Although all three have been contenders for the Polaris in the past, the rest of this year's nominees made the 10-album short list for the first time in their careers.

Among those Polaris newcomers are Montreal art-rock collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Nanaimo, B.C.-born songwriter Zaki Ibrahim, Toronto noise-rockers Metz and Montreal electronic act Purity Ring.

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The list is rounded out by Hamilton roots duo Whitehorse, Aboriginal hip-hop trio A Tribe Called Red and Montreal-based electro pop outfit Young Galaxy.

The winner of this year's Polaris will be announced at a gala in Toronto on Sept. 23.

The award is given to the best Canadian album of the previous year as decided by a 10-person grand jury of music journalists, bloggers and broadcasters.

Last year's prize was claimed by Toronto-based songstress Feist, while other previous winners include Montreal indie institution Arcade Fire, Dundas, Ont., electronic producer Caribou and Montreal rock outfit Karkwa.

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