Toronto’s Jessie Reyez, Lido Pimienta, Witch Prophet & more named to 2020 Polaris Music Prize Short List

The short list for the 2020 Polaris Music Prize has been unveiled! The nominees include six artists from Toronto—Jessie Reyez, Lido Pimienta, U.S. Girls, Witch Prophet, Junia-T, and Pantayo—along with past winners Pimienta, Caribou, and Kaytranada.

The Polaris Music Prize is awarded annually to the best Canadian album as determined by a jury of journalists, broadcasters, bloggers, and programmers based solely on artistic merit. This year’s short list will be honoured with a special cinematic tribute taking place Oct. 19 on CBC Gem and CBC Music’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages. The winner of the $50,00 cash prize will also be announced during the virtual event.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

Backxwash – God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It

Caribou – Suddenly

Junia-T – Studio Monk

Kaytranada – Bubba

nêhiyawak – nipiy

Pantayo – Pantayo

Lido Pimienta – Miss Colombia

Jessie Reyez – Before Love Came To Kill Us

U.S. Girls – Heavy Light

Witch Prophet – DNA Activation

So now you know your summer playlist. 

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