Since our first year NxEW has annually asked our readers which album you would award the Polaris Music Prize to if you got a vote and NxEW readers have always voted differently than the Polaris Jury.
In 2009 Julie Doiron won with I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day. In 2010, the Wooden Sky's If I Don't Come Home You'll Know I'm Gone and last year the Russian Futurists the Weight's on the Wheels was the pick of NxEW readers. None of these albums made the short list in the official Polaris Prize.
Unlike the Polaris Music Prize, NxEW doesn't have a gala to invite you to or $30,000 to hand out but, everyone gets a vote.
Nominating an album is easy. Qualifying albums must have been released between June 1, 2010 and May 31, 2011. The 40 albums selected for the Polaris Long List will automatically be included in the first round, so no need to nominate those. If your favorite album wasn't on the long list though just mention it in the comments section, tweet it @NxEW or email it to NorthbyEastWest@gmail.com. Nominations will be accepted until July 10 and then several rounds of voting will start to narrow the list.
Every year, after the voting begins, someone asks why their favorite album wasn't included, so now is your chance.