The Overcast’s Borealis Music Prize is the province’s richest music award, and the press, we hope, translates into album sales and helps boost bios for local bands applying for grants, festivals, labels, and publicists. The winner receives $1,000 from The Overcast (presented at our annual Awards Gala & Holiday Party) + a trophy for their mantlepiece + January’s cover story.

It is a triple-juried award, meaning that 1 jury creates the longlist, another, different jury selects a shortlist from the longlist, and a third, final jury picks a winner from the shortlist. Surviving 3 juries means the winning album will have survived and pleased 3 separate juries, and dozens of individual jurors.

The award’s name is a contraction of Aurora Borealis: a fitting term for an album that shines brightly enough to stand out among 100+ local albums every year, and for an award whose aim is to shine a light on local music.


While we enjoy the discussion every year on who shouldn’t have been omitted/included, please read these rules of eligibility to ensure your wrath is accurate. To be eligible for the 2016 Borealis Music Prize, an album must:

1.) Be at least 6 songs or 30 minutes long.(Hence the omission of albums like The Once’s new one!)

2.) Have been released between Oct. 31st, 2015, and November 1st, 2016.

This Year We’re Letting a “People’s Pick” onto the Longlist! VOTE BELOW!

More than 100 albums come out of Newfoundland every year. It’s no easy task paring that down to a longlist of 20, so this year we’re knocking the longlist up to 25, and asking for the public to vote on their favourite — the album with the most public votes will automatically be one of the 25 albums on the 2016 longlist, in the running for the award.

Below is the top 50 local albums of 2016 that the first jury came up with, all of which are eligible picks for this “People’s Pick” award ….

Adrian House – Love a Man

AE Bridger – Museum

AM/FM Dreams – In the Soft Corner

Armahain – Being Human

Beauwater – Lovers, Kings, and Fools

Boat Haus – Coulda Swore

Branch Ricky — Volume 1

Cabbages and Kings – Vale

Chris Meyers & Kate Lahey (Blankets) – The Room That Held You Is Still There

Dame Nature – Dame Nature

Dave Picco – Start Again

Derm Kean and an Incredible Woman – Incredible

Doug Dorward – Waves

Duane Andrews – Conception Bay

Dope Piece – Dopeace

Family Video – Places to Sleep

Fairgale – Own the Light

Fretboard Journey — Self-titled

Goreforge – Mythos

Green and Gold – And Then the New Crow Came

The Hashbrowns – Family Day

Hard Ticket – Tuff Cookie

Hip Waders – Meduza

Ilia Nicoll – I in Team

It Could be Frankie – Your Friends Don’t Buy it All

Isle of Ease – Roads

Jake Nicoll – Two Things / Half of Nothing

Janet Cull – Real Tough Love

Jeff Foran – Gallantry in Moderne Courtship

Justin Strong – Peace and Understanding

Kujo – Got Nothin

Lady Brett Ashley – Fault Lines

Laura Jean Fraser – Good Grief

Lightning Mike – Struck by Lightning

London Above – Lazar

Mick Davis – Coats and Badges

Michael Hannaford’s – You’re Ugly and Your Mother Dresses You Funny

Mopey – Total Education

No Culture – River Post Motion

The Novaks – Eager Power Gentle Fury

Pet Legs – Radiation Fog

Pilot to Bombardier – Wild Bells

Plaid Boys – Plaid Boys

Repartee – All Lit Up

Rum Ragged – Self-titled

Ryan Taylor – Nine Songs from Summer Sixteen

Shop Class – Industrial Art

Sonny Tripp – Work

Weird GF – Pineapple Crush

Wolf Kush – 1986

Young Manics – Challenger

Cast Your Vote by Friday the 28th!

What albums do you want to vote for? That’s right, you can have up to THREE PICKS
(Note: DO NOT VOTE TWICE. if you vote twice from the same device, both votes will be deleted!)

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The longlist will appear in November’s issue of The Overcast, and online here on Nov. 1st.