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The 2021 Polaris Music Prize Winner – Cadence Weapon’s Parallel World!

Team Play MPE

September 28, 2021

Hey there music lovers! Huge news in the Canadian music sphere (nay, the world!) 

The Polaris Music Prize has just announced their Grand Prize winning album as Cadence Weapon’s Parallel World! The Winner Celebration took place last night at CBC Toronto’s Studio 211, hosted by CBC Music’s Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe. It included performances by 2020 Grand Prize Winner Backxwash – who also declared this year’s victor, as is the Polaris tradition.

This year’s winner of the $50k Grand Prize was chosen from the top musical minds the great white north has to offer, and is weighed by artistic merit alone. We are absolutely thrilled to be able to support Cadence Weapon and the further amplification of his music by supplying a full global music promotion distribution package for his release. Woot woot! 

Of course, all the artists named in the Short List are totally fabulous and deserving of attention, so we are pleased to award all nine remaining Short List artists with distribution packages as well!  

Here are the other albums on the 2021 Polaris Music Prize Short List:

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson – Theory of Ice 

DijahSB – Head Above The Waters

Dominique Fils-Aimé – Three Little Words 

Mustafa – When Smoke Rises

The OBGMs – The Ends

Klô Pelgag – Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs 

TOBi – Elements Vol. 1

The Weather Station – Ignorance

Zoon – Bleached Wavves

A huge congratulations to Cadence Weapon and a big shout out to Polaris Music Prize for putting this together, and the jury of music journalists, broadcasters and music media insiders who had the unenviable job of divining a winner from the massive pool of great releases that came out in the past year. 

Tastemakers – keep your ears open and eyes peeled for these new releases to land in Player!

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