The Short List for the 2017 Polaris Music Prize has been revealed. The list of 10 nominees has been narrowed down from the Long List, which featured 40 artists. The award goes to the best album by a Canadian artist, released between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017. The remaining nominees include:
- Leonard Cohen: You Want It Darker
- A Tribe Called Red: We Are the Halluci Nation
- BADBADNOTGOOD: IV
- 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
From this list of 40, the same jurors are then asked to pick their top 5, which will comprise the 10 albums on the short list. That will be announced at Toronto’s Carlu on July 13 and the winner of Canada’s best album of the year, at the end of the Polaris Gala on Sept. 18, as decided by an 11-member grand jury behind closed doors.
From Drake, The Weeknd, Carly Rae Jepsen and Leonard Cohen Make Polaris Music Prize Long List by Karen Bliss (Billboard: 13 June 2017). See complete list of 40 artists & albums at link.
Neil Larsen Accompanies Anjani Thomas – Leonard Cohen Tribute
By all accounts, this rendition of “Crazy To Love You” (from the Anjani Thomas-Leonard Cohen Blue Alert album) by Anjani with Neil Larsen on the keyboards, was a high point of the May 14, 2012 Glenn Gould Prize Leonard Cohen tribute concert held in Massey Hall, Toronto.
Note: Originally posted May 17, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Leonard Cohen’s Prince Of Asturias Awards Speech, given October 21, 2011 at Oviedo, Spain, is a remarkable performance that is entertaining, enriching, and enlightening – a must-see for those even modestly interested in the Canadian singer-songwriter.
The video and an annotated transcript of the presentation is now online at Leonard Cohen: The Prince Of Asturias Awards Speech With Annotations & Commentary,
Note: Originally posted Oct 25, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric