Arcade Fire, Drake among nominees for 2014 Polaris Prize

Drake and Win Butler of Arcade Fire (QMI file photos)

Drake and Win Butler of Arcade Fire (QMI file photos)

Jane Stevenson, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 3:06 PM ET

Montreal band Arcade Fire’s Reflektor and Toronto rapper Drake’s Nothing Was the Same are the big names among the ten nominees that made the short list for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize for best Canadian album.

Other nominees include Basia Bulat’s Tall Tall Shadow; Mac DeMarco’s Salad Days; Jessy Lanza’s Pull My Hair Back; Owen Pallett’s In Conflict; Shad’s Flying Colours; Tanya Tagaq’s Animism; Timber Timbre’s Hot Dreams and YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN’s UZU.

The prize will be handed out at a Sept. 22 ceremony at The Carlu in Toronto hosted by Montreal actor Jay Baruchel (This Is the End, How To Train Your Dragon, Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder).

Baruchel said in a statement: “Here’s to me being arguably the least hip person in the room come awards night.”

The Polaris Music Prize awards $30,000 to the winner while the runner’s up from the short list each receive $2,000 courtesy of Slaight Music.

Last year’s winners, Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend, saw the Montreal band accept the award but criticize the Polaris gala’s trappings and donate the money to a Quebec-based program of music education in prisons.

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