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Polaris Music Prize 2022 shortlist revealed featuring Destroyer, Charlotte Day Wilson and more

15 July 2022, 10:52 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

This year's shortlist for the Polaris Music Prize has been announced, and features 10 albums from Destroyer, Charlotte Day Wilson and more.

After the 40-album longlist was announced in June, the list has been narrowed down to a 10-album shortlist, which includes Destroyer, Charlotte Day Wilson, Ouri, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Pierre Kwenders and more.

Polaris jury foreperson Melissa Vincent said, "This year’s 2022 Short List captures the ambition, creativity, and boundless potential of Canadian music from coast to coast. Bravo to our 10 nominees, and a huge thank you to our esteemed jury for offering their time and expertise. For the first time in a few years, I’m thrilled to suggest that if you have the opportunity to see any of the artists on this Short List live, you should. We’re all long overdue."

Cadence Weapon’s Parallel World album was named 2021's Canadian Album of the Year.

The 2022 Polaris Music Prize Shortlist:

  • Destroyer – LABYRINTHITIS
  • Pierre Kwenders – José Louis And The Paradox Of Love
  • Lisa Leblanc – Chiac Disco
  • Hubert Lenoir – PICTURA DE IPSE : Musique directe
  • Kelly McMichael – Waves
  • Ombiigizi – Sewn Back Together
  • Ouri – Frame of a Fauna
  • Shad – TAO
  • Snotty Nose Rez Kids – Life After
  • Charlotte Day Wilson – ALPHA
The Polaris Music Prize 2022 winner will be revealed on 19 September at the Polaris Gala, which takes place at The Carlu in Toronto. Visit for more information.
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