Watch the Polaris Music Prize Gala here! (TONIGHT)

The best Canadian album of the year will be chosen and eight of the 10 nominated performers will play live.

The award for best Canadian album of the year — in the form of a $50,000 cheque — will be bestowed upon one lucky artist/band tonight, Monday, Sept. 17, at the 13th annual Polaris Music Prize Gala at the Carlu in Toronto. While the grand jury of music journalists from across the country deliberates upstairs, eight of the 10 nominated acts will perform. The nominees are:

Alvvays, Antisocialites
Jean-Michel Blais, Dans ma main
Daniel Caesar, Freudian
Jeremy Dutcher, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa
Pierre Kwenders, MAKANDA at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time
Hubert Lenoir, Darlène
Partner, In Search of Lost Time
Snotty Nose Rez Kids, The Average Savage
U.S. Girls, In a Poem Unlimited
Weaves, Wide Open

Only Alvvays and Daniel Caesar will not perform, though the latter will be in attendance. CBC 2’s Raina Douris will host the gala, which you can watch live right here at 8 p.m.: