Last month the 2021 Polaris Music Prize revealed a longlist of 40 Canadian albums for this year's prize, including artists such as Helena Deland, Kathleen Edwards and more. The shortlist, announced yesterday (15 July), has been narrowed down to just 10 albums from The Weather Station, Mustafa, Cadence Weapon, TOBi and more.

The 2021 Polaris Music Prize Shortlist:

  • Leanne Betasamosake Simpson - Theory of Ice
  • Cadence Weapon - Parallel World
  • DijahSB - Head Above The Waters
  • Dominique Fils-Aimé - Three Little Words
  • Mustafa - When Smoke Rises
  • The OBGMs - The Ends
  • Klô Pelgag - Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs
  • TOBi - Elements Vol. 1
  • The Weather Station - Ignorance
  • Zoon - Bleached Wavves

The Polaris Music Prize 2021 winner will receive $50,000, while the nine other acts on the shortlist will receive $3,000 each from Slaight Music.

Last year's Polaris Music Prize was won by Backxwash for her God Has Nothing to Do With This Leave Him Out of It album.

The Polaris Music Prize 2021 winner will be announced on 27 September. Visit for more information.