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2021 Polaris Short List Posters Revealed

The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music, announced the 10 artists creating posters for the 2021 Short List today.

The 2021 Polaris Short List Poster Artists:

Maya McKibbin for Leanne Betasamosake Simpson – Theory of Ice
Mathieu Dionne for Cadence Weapon – Parallel World
Brnesh Berhe for DijahSB – Head Above The Waters
Melika Saeeda for Dominique Fils-Aimé – Three Little Words
Dan Bergeron for Mustafa – When Smoke Rises
Beena Mistry for The OBGMs – The Ends
Jenny Ritter for Klô Pelgag – Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs
Anson Chan for TOBi – Elements Vol. 1
Keelin Gorlewski for The Weather Station – Ignorance
Emerson Gaglardi for Zoon – Bleached Wavves

These specially curated posters are limited edition silk-screen prints custom made to represent each album nominated for the 2021 Polaris Short List. Large versions of the posters can be viewed below. The poster artists were selected by Polaris and the Office of Gilbert Li and printed by Kid Icarus in Toronto.

The 2021 Short List posters are available for pre-order now on the Polaris Music Prize website and will begin to ship in late-October. The price will be $45 + HST.

The Polaris Poster program began in 2006. Polaris founder Steve Jordan wanted to give each of the 10 acts on that year’s Short List a meaningful, personalized gift. Polaris then commissioned these “gig” posters featuring artwork inspired by the nominated albums. Over the years Polaris has created more than 180 of these limited prints to honour past nominees as well as Heritage Prize winners.

The 2021 Polaris winner will be revealed live during CBC Music’s Polaris Music Prize Winner Celebration, taking place Monday, September 27. Hosted by CBC Music’s Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe, it’s set to be broadcast in Canada on the free CBC Gem streaming service, CBC Music’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages and around the globe at

See all the posters below:

We acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.


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