Arcade Fire won over judges at the Grammy and Juno awards earlier this year with the album "The Suburbs."
But they have yet to face their most critical jury of all.
The Montreal band was the most popular name among the acts shortlisted for the sixth annual Polaris Music Prize, whose $30,000 winner will be selected by a group of 11 journalists, broadcasters and bloggers during a gala in Toronto on Sept. 19.
An announcement on Wednesday at the city's Drake Hotel narrowed a longer list of 40 contenders down to 10, based on input from more than 200 tastemakers from across the country, who were asked to pick their five favourite Canadian discs released in the preceding year.
Yet one of the albums featured on the shortlist, "House of Balloons," was neither released on a CD nor made available for sale.
Rather, the debut collection by the Weeknd, the alter ego of 20-year-old Toronto singer Abel Tesfaye, was distributed as a free online download, which gained attention due to an endorsementRead More »from Polaris Music Prize pits Arcade Fire against names who need the money more