The 2022 shortlist for the Polaris Music Prize has been announced. Nominees for the best Canadian album of the year include Destroyer for Labyrinthitis, Ouri (who we interviewed around her project with Helena Deland, Hildegard) for Frame of a Fauna, Charlotte Day Wilson’s Alpha, Hubert Lenoir’s Pictura de Ipse : Musique Directe, and Pierre Kwenders’s José Louis and the Paradox Of Love.
Ten albums were selected by a 197-member jury of writers, programmers, and broadcasters, while the 2022 longlist spanned a total of 40 records, including albums by Arcade Fire, Ada Lea, the Weeknd, PUP, and Backxwash. The winner receives a prize of $50,000. Last year, Cadence Weapon took home the award for his album Parallel World.
2022 Polaris Music Prize Nominees:
Charlotte Day Wilson, Alpha
Hubert Lenoir, Pictura de Ipse : Musique Directe
Kelly McMichael, WaveS
Lisa LeBlanc, Chiac Disco
Pierre Kwenders, José Louis and the Paradox Of Love
Ombiigizi, Sewn Back Together
Ouri, Frame of a Fauna
Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Life Afte