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Leonard Cohen leads Polaris Prize shortlist as Mac DeMarco and Drake miss out


The late Leonard Cohen heads the Polaris Prize shortlist for Canada’s prestigious Polaris Music Prize.

Last month the long list, which contained 40 of the best records released between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017, was released and featured Cohen’s You Want It Darker, Mac DeMarco’s This Old Dog alongside noted artists Drake, Carly Rae Jepsen, Feist and plenty more.

The prize, awarded annually, presents $50,000 to the top Canadian album based on “artistic merit” without consideration for genre or record sales.

The short list has now been revealed. Cohen joins the likes of BADBADNOTGOOD, Feist, Weaves and plenty more as DeMarco, Drake, Carly Rae Jepsen, PUP and many more miss out. Here’s the list:

A Tribe Called Red – We Are The Halluci Nation
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
Gord Downie – Secret Path
Feist – Pleasure
Lisa Leblanc – Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?
Lido Pimienta – La Papessa
Tanya Tagaq – Retribution
Leif Vollebekk – Twin Solitude
Weaves – Weaves