Drake, Japandroid Vie For Polaris Prize

Coveted music prize is worth $30,000.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Every year a handful of artists compete for the Polaris Prize, and this time around, rapper Drake and rockers Japandroids from Vancouver are in the running for the $30,000 prize.

Chosen by a jury comprised of music reporters and bloggers, the Polaris Prize will be handed out tonight at a gala event in Toronto.

In addition to Drake and the Japandroids competing for the honour, the following artists also made the 2012 short list:

"Sound Kapital" from artist Handsome Furs, who recently split up.

Feist and her latest effort "Metals" – this is her second nomination.

Edmonton artist Cadence Weapon and his album "Hope In Dirt City," a second time making the short list.

Etobicoke artist Cold Specks and her project "I Predict A Graceful Expulsion."

The album "Visions" from artist Grimes.

Kathleen Edwards and her break-up album "Voyageur," a second nod to her.

Previous Polaris Prize winners F*cked Up and their latest work "David Comes to Life."

"YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN" and their urban music project "YT // ST."

Arcade Fire out of Montreal, who won last year's Polaris Prize, will be presenting the award to this year's winner.

A not-for-profit organization that honours, celebrates and rewards creativity and diversity in Canadian recorded music, Polaris recognizes and markets albums of the highest artistic integrity, without regard to musical genre, professional affiliation, or sales history. It is adjudicated by selected music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers.

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