The Polaris Music Prize, which names the best album of the year by a Canadian artist, announced its annual short list of nominees Tuesday morning. Among the albums in contention are some of SPIN’s Best 50 Albums of 2013, including Arcade Fire’s Reflektor and Drake’s Nothing Was the Same. Faves from 2014 like Mac DeMarco’s Salad Days and Owen Pallett’s In Conflict also made the cut. The list is rounded out by the likes of Jessy Lanza’s Pull My Hair Back, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan’s UZU, Timber Timbre’s Hot Dreams, Tanya Tagaq’s Animism, Shad’s Flying Colours, and Basia Bulat’s Tall Tall Shadow.
The prize is judged by a massive group of Canadian journalists who respectably settled on Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! last year. The winner will take home the trophy at the Polaris Gala on September 22.