Two artists from Quebec made it onto the shortlist for the Polaris Prize 2021

MONTREAL – Two Quebec artists have been shortlisted for the Polaris Prize 2021.

The Polaris Music Prize is awarded each year to a distinguished Canadian album that is judged by a jury of journalists, bloggers, broadcasters and programmers from across the country.

Which two Quebec albums are available for $ 50,000 this year?

One of them is Dominique Fils-Aimé’s Three Little Words, the final LP of her trilogy of albums that explores the roots of black music.

Over the course of the 14-track album, Fils-Aimé meanders in and out of genres and musical epochs, delivering a deliciously smooth fusion of jazz, blues, funk, electro-pop and soul.

The other album is Klô Pelgag’s Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs, in which the artist explores inner struggles and rediscovered joy through melancholy and mystical arrangements.

Pelgag’s unique sound combines synth pop and folk with theatrical choral arrangements and psychedelic interludes (think of the words “fairies” and “funhouses”, so interpret them however you like).


Although Three little words and Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows set the bar pretty high, with other albums on the Polaris shortlist this year including:

  • Leanne Betasamosake Simpson – Theory of Ice

  • Cadence weapon – parallel world

  • DijahSB – head above the water

  • Mustafa – When smoke rises

  • The OBGMs – The EndsTwo

  • TOBi – elements Vol. 1 1

  • The weather station – ignorance

  • Zoon – Bleached Waves

The winner of this year’s Polaris Award will be announced on September 27th

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