DIVERSITY, INCLUSIVITY DOMINATES POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE SHORT LIST

Past winners Kaytranada, Lido Pimienta, Caribou again up for $50,000 prize

Pantayo is an all-women, queer ensemble that combines traditional kulintang music from the Philippines with pop influences. The group is among the latest nominees for this year's $50,000 Polaris Music Prize. (Sarah Bo)

Musical acts representing a diversity of races and cultures — from Edmonton-based Indigenous rock act nêhiyawak and the Filipino-Canadian quintet Pantayo to Montreal-based transgender rapper Backxwash — are among the finalists for the 2020 Polaris Music Prize.

In a year when inclusivity and systemic racism have become hot topics in the music world, eight of this year’s 10 nominees for the esteemed $50,000 award have roots in the Indigenous, Black, Filipino and Latin-American communities.

The Polaris recognizes the best full-length Canadian album, based on artistic merit, not sales or genre.

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