The long list for 2017’s Polaris Music Prize has just been announced, and in amongst the big-name chart-toppers, there’s a welcome but incongruous inclusion on the list. Vancouver’s very own Anciients have been nominated for their album, Voice of the Void — released in October last year.
“We are honoured to have been nominated for this award. We are in very good company and are very happy to be included among the rest of the artists, given that our music is a lot farther from the mainstream than most of the others,” said the band when I reached out to them about the nomination.
It’s great to see a heavier act making the 40-album long list for the Polaris Music Prize, which is awarded each year to the best full-length Canadian album. Also representing Vancouver’s rock scene on the list is Japandroids for Near to the Wild Heart of Life. The prize has rarely gone to hard rock/heavy metal acts, so both bands should be proud to have made even the long list.
That list will be cut to a 10-album short list on July 13, with an announcement to be made on CBC Music’s Facebook page. The final winner will be announced at a gala on September 18.
Anciients will be touring in support of Voice of the Void this summer. Catch them at Rickshaw Theatre on August 4 with a fucking sweet lineup including Dead Quiet, Mendozza, Hashteroid and Seer.