Listen to a Polaris short list album with me

All 10 albums for 2022: choose one, choose your own adventure

Listen to a Polaris short list album with me

The Polaris Music Prize short list of ten albums for 2022 came out on Thursday, July 14.

Not familiar with the Polaris prize? Check it out here or go to their page for the short list here.

As you might expect, there are no out-and-out jazz albums on the list. But...

As chosen by a volunteer jury of almost 200 Canadian journalists and music professionals, these are supposed to be the most artistically meritorious Canadian albums released between May 2021 and May 2022.

Because I'm writing less than 24 hours after the list was announced, I can't claim to have listened to them all yet.

But I know there are people out there who watch a bunch of Oscar-nominated or winning movies, read Pulitzer-winning books...

So let's have some fun.

Here's what I'm going to do:

  1. Browse through all ten albums (and possibly even some of the long list of 40 that Polaris culled from)
  2. Pick my favourite one or two, likely to be the closest to jazz or folk
  3. Explore those for you at the end of this week

And here's what you can do, if you like:

  1. Browse whichever albums below catch your interest (not all ten!); good old-fashioned judging books by their covers
  2. Listen to one
  3. After I come back to you with my choice(s), I'll ask what you discovered

You should be able to find all these albums wherever you listen to music. My default link below was Bandcamp, except for the artists who limited streaming to only a couple tracks, whom I've substituted for other links.

Ready? Here you go:

ALPHA, by Charlotte Day Wilson
11 track album
10 track album
PICTURA DE IPSE : Musique directe, by Hubert Lenoir
20 track album
Waves, by Kelly McMichael
10 track album
Chiac Disco, by Lisa LeBlanc
10 track album
Sewn Back Together, by OMBIIGIZI
9 track album
Frame of a Fauna
Ouri · Album · 2021 · 14 songs.
José Louis And The Paradox of Love, by Pierre Kwenders
13 track album
Shad · Album · 2021 · 12 songs.
Life After, by Snotty Nose Rez Kids
13 track album

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