Cape Bre­ton­ers up for Po­laris

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS | CAPE BRETON -

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.

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