The Polaris Music Prize is a celebration of Canada’s new & emerging artists. Introduced in 2006, Canada’s music industry has quickly embraced the prize as something to write home about. It is essentially your cool music friend’s top 10 mixtape of acts spanning different genres & compiled based on artistic merit rather than music sales or chart position. Next Monday the $30,000 grand prize will be awarded to one of the ten short list nominees. In celebration, we’ll give away a free download of the winning album to five lucky contestants. To enter, tell us about your best Canadian music experience in the comments below. Move us, make us laugh, make us cry! We’ll announce our five winners next Monday after the official Polaris Prize winner is crowned. For now, enjoy our roundup of the ten short list nominees.