Here is the much anticipated 2012 Polaris Short List:

Cadence Weapon — Hope In Dirt City
Cold Specks — I Predict A Graceful Expulsion
Drake — Take Care
Kathleen Edwards — Voyageur
Feist — Metals
Fucked Up — David Comes To Life
Grimes — Visions
Handsome Furs — Sound Kapital
Japandroids — Celebration Rock

Polaris Founder and Executive Director Steve Jordan said the “jury is showing an ever-growing passion and dedication to reviewing, discussing and advocating their selections. This has resulted in a Short List of records that are musically focused, intense and in some cases highly personal.”

Seems this jury has its work cut out for it. The Polaris gala will be held in Toronto on September 24, where the 11-member grand jury will be sequestered Papal conclave-style until they agree on the best Canadian album of 2012. The Polaris Prize is all about artistic merit—not clever marketing, commercial success, or good looks.