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Polaris Prize

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Radio Radio As an electro/hip-hop party band who sing in Chiac (an Acadian mix of French and English) about such topics as gender anxiety, smooth jazz and deck shoes, Radio Radio would seem to be aiming for a rather particular niche market. And yet, media across the country are debating the merits of their third album, Belmundo Regal. For this, they have the Polaris Prize to thank.

Now in its fifth year, the prize has become the most effective champion of the underdog in Canadian music. It wasn’t set up this way on purpose: its 200-member jury of music critics across the country is instructed to vote for albums based solely on their artistic merit. But most nominees (including Radio Radio, on this year’s shortlist) have been anything but household names.

— Story continues at The National Post

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