Cape Bretoners up for Polaris
A Toronto-based band with Cape Breton roots has achieved another honour, making the short list for the Polaris Music Prize.
Molly Rankin, the daughter of the late John Morris Rankin of the Rankin Family, formed Alvvays with Charlottetown’s Alec O’Hanley two years ago. Cape Breton’s Kerri MacLellan is also a member. When the short list for the Polaris Prize was announced Friday, Alvvays’ self-titled debut made the cut.
It was also announced that singer-songwriter Fred Penner will be the host of this year’s gala event to determine the winner, taking place on Sept. 21.
The Polaris Music Prize will award $50,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian album of the year. Courtesy of Slaight Music, each of the nine other short listed artists will receive $3,000.
Judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration of genre or record sales, the prize’s past winners have included Tanya Tagaq, Godspeed You!, Black Emperor, Feist and Arcade Fire.