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The winner of the Polaris Music Prize will be announced Monday night. Nominees are Alvvays’ Alvvays; BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah Sour Soul; Braids Deep In The Iris; Caribou’s Our Love; Jennifer Castle’s Pink City; Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late; Tobias Jesso Jr.’s Goon; The New Pornographers’ Brill Bruisers; Buffy Sainte-Marie’s Power In The Blood and
Viet Cong’s self-titled album. We asked a few of our Ride the Tempo writers who they think will take home the prize. Whoever guesses right will take home a prize of their own.

Braids- Deep In the Iris

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In 2015, women are become less scared to come forward and talk about social unjustice and Braids were one of those to sing about such subjects in both a beautiful and encapsulating manner. Sex is unshakably discussed from every manner including the self-disgust porno watching of “Sore Eyes” to the feministic “Miniskirt”.  Chill inducing moments are wrapped with dance-like beats to create a template that is more palatable to the public and may have snubbed the band on any past Polaris wins. – Tiana Feng

Alvvays- Alvvays

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Alvvays is the little band that could. In their self-titled release, the group takes on the topic of marriage with a mature kind of heart. Molly Rankin doesn’t simply go Ick or Ew at the theme. Instead, the band’s jangle pop, reverb-laden approach takes romantic love (“Archie, Marry Me”) and debauchery (“Party Police”) into an arena where one’s character grows. It’s like the final scene in The Graduate. On one hand, the tryst that Dustin Hoffman’s character takes with Katherine Ross is a thrilling idea that can grow into marriage. On another, the uncertainty of marriage can be seen through recklessness like running out of a church. Alvvays seems to fill in the sad end that the movie might have had in mind. – Dustin Ragucos

The New Pornographers- Brill Bruisers
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If this was the Academy Awards then The New Pornographers might well get sentimental votes for being a prominent figure in Canadian indie music for so many years. But the Polaris doesn’t work like that, and it shouldn’t. This prize is awarded solely on the merits of the album in question, and for that reason ‘Brill Bruisers’ is well-deserving.

TNPs arguably eschew some of their former edgy experimentation in favour of more solid compositional craftsmanship and slicker production, but in doing so they retain all of their signature quirkiness. Tracks like “War on the East Coast” and “Dancehall Domine” have universal appeal, but they are hardly radio fodder. The album is brimming with songs of equal calibre, making ‘Brill Bruisers’ equally appealing to the casual listener and the die-hard fan. – Mark Anthony Brennan

Drake- If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

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It’s Drizzy, Drake no explanation needed. I struggled with who I thought will take home the Polaris prize this year. My pick isn’t really who I think will win it’s more of who I think should win. I think Drake will get snubbed this year just because of the fact he’s such a massive act. There’s nothing wrong with that if you want to give other artists the spotlight instead of always talking about Drake. But we can’t argue that fact that he is literally the biggest hiphop act right now in the world. And that If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late went number one with no promotion. All he did was tweet the link! With that being said it doesn’t mean the album itself wasn’t musically solid, every single track is a hit. Drake made it cool for people all over the world to sing about running through Toronto with their friends. And that is exactly why I think Drake should take home the Polaris Prize this year. – Andrew Uyeno