On Monday, the Polaris Music Prize will be awarded to one talented Canadian act for an outstanding album, regardless of genre or commercial success. The 10 artists shortlisted this year are Andy Shauf, Basia Bulat, Black Mountain, Carly Rae Jepsen, Grimes, Jessy Lanza, Kaytranada, PUP, U.S. Girls and White Lung.
But before the honor of the Polaris Prize is bestowed upon one of these talented musicians, we’re commending a few of the nominees for something separate from their musical ability—their enviable fashion sense. Check out the best dressed nominees from this year’s Polaris Prize shortlist.
CARLY RAE JEPSEN
CRJ has come a long way from her preppy girl-next-door Kiss-era look. Adopting a more retro style akin to icons like Stevie Nicks and Joan Jett, Jepsen’s recent fashion choices have shown off the inner ~flower child~ she’s always claimed to be.
What to expect from her Polaris look: Anything vintage, bold prints, florals. Possibly a platinum bob wig.
The outspoken B.C-native has always been an artist who plays by her own rules—fashion is no exception. Mixing bold statement pieces like fur coats, athletic wear and funky glasses, Grimes (aka Claire Boucher) has an eccentric style as outlandish as her music.
What to expect from her Polaris look: Leopard print. Lots of it.
Louis Kevin Celestin, or Kaytranada, exhibits a fashion sense that we can only All American Boy (ringer tees and caps) meets Mathlete (short shorts and oversized glasses). Some pieces we’d like to steal from his wardrobe include normcore hoodies, throwback windbreakers and his signature tortoiseshell frames.
What to expect from his Polaris look: Tube socks or overalls, hopefully
In addition to looking like she has the best luck at thrift shops, Jessy Lanza’s style emits major cool girl vibes. Tomboy chic including oversized outerwear and dad caps are her calling card.
What to expect from her Polaris look: Bold jackets, quirky catchphrases or graphics