The 2014 Polaris Prize Short List

As far as I’m concerned, the Polaris Prize people could’ve skipped straight from announcing their short list this morning to saying, “And Shad wins it. We just remembered Flying Colours is the best and nothing in the last year beats it.” I think Prairie Dog reviewer Matthew Blackwell might agree with me on that point.

But a lot of artists deserve some recognition, I guess. Ugh. Fine. Have your big fun party in September with the charming Jay Baruchel as a host, and then announce that Shad wins it.

Anyhow, here’s the short list:

Arcade Fire – Reflektor
Basia Bulat – Tall Tall Shadow
Mac DeMarco – Salad Days
Drake – Nothing Was The Same
Jessy Lanza – Pull My Hair Back
Owen Pallett – In Conflict
Shad – Flying Colours
Tanya Tagaq – Animism
Timber Timbre – Hot Dreams
YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN – UZU

And here’s a video of Jay Baruchel noises from The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, which I consider an overlooked Nic Cage gem.

Author: James Brotheridge

Contributing Editor with Prairie Dog.

2 thoughts on “The 2014 Polaris Prize Short List”

  1. I’m wondering if Tanya Tagaq doesn’t have an outside shot. It would be a bit of an upset, but it would be in line with what the Polaris was conceived to be when it first started.

  2. Who knows? There’s a lot of quality here, and Tagaq, Shad, and Y//ST are seriously due by this point. But all it takes is one Henry Fonda in that room when the judges get together for the final decision to get really surprising, like Lanza running away with it. I really liked Pull My Hair Back and it could probably use a boost in profile.

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