Polaris prize: Lisa LeBlanc, alongside Leonard Cohen and Gord Downie

Art 13 July, 2017
  • Photo Simon Clark
    Lisa LeBlanc

    QMI agency

    Thursday, 13 July, 2017 15:09

    Thursday, 13 July, 2017 15:09

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    The name of Lisa LeBlanc is on the short list of 10 finalists for the canadian Polaris Prize, unveiled Thursday. The artist will be hard to do if she wants to succeed at the montreal DJ Kaytranada, winner of 2016.

    In effect, “Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?”, the most recent album of the singer-songwriter from New Brunswick, will be preferred to “You Want It Darker” by the late Leonard Cohen, “Secret Path” from Gord Downie – lead singer of the band The Tragically Hip – as well as “Pleasure”, signed Feist.

    The latter has already achieved this distinction in 2012 after the release of his album, “Metals”. Among the previous winners, there are also Arcade Fire in 2011 and Karkwa in 2010.

    The identity of the winner or of the winning of 2017 will be known on 18 September, at the gala for the Polaris music Prize at the Carlu, in Toronto. The evening will be moderated by Raina Doumis.

    The honor is accompanied by a $50,000 award.


    The finalists for the Polaris Prize, 2017:

    • A Tribe Called Red – “We Are The Halluci-Nation”
    • Leonard Cohen – “You Want It Darker”
    • Gord Downie – “The 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”