Today is like Christmas day for those who love Canadian music and especially for those who make it!

Today, The Polaris Music Prize long list of nominates was announced and, as always, it highlights the BEST of Canadian music from the past year.  Please don’t get the Polaris Music Prize confused with awards like The Junos or Grammys.  The prize, which is celebrating its seventh year, is based solely on artistic merit, not genre or record sales.  What that means is that best album of the year really does win. Regardless of the label or the kind of music it highlights.

The Polaris Music Prize awards $30,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year. Past winners have been Arcade Fire, Karkwa, Fucked Up, Patrick Watson, Caribou and Final Fantasy.  

Here’s the list!

A Tribe Called Red – A Tribe Called Red

Marie-Pierre Arthur – Aux alentours

Rich Aucoin – We’re All Dying To Live

Avec pas d’casque – Astronomie

Azari & III – Azari & III

Bahamas – Barchords
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The Barr Brothers – The Barr Brothers

Blackie And The Rodeo Kings – Kings And Queens

Cadence Weapon – Hope In Dirt City

Kathryn Calder – Bright And Vivid

Cannon Bros – Firecracker / Cloudglow

Coeur de pirate – Blonde

Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas

Cold Specks – I Predict A Graceful Expulsion

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Rose Cousins – We Have Made A Spark

Mark Davis – Eliminate The Toxins

Drake – Take Care
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Kathleen Edwards – Voyageur

Feist – Metals

Fucked Up – David Comes To Life

Great Lake Swimmers – New Wild Everywhere

Grimes – Visions

Handsome Furs – Sound Kapital

Japandroids – Celebration Rock

Dan Mangan – Oh Fortune

Mares Of Thrace – The Pilgrimage

Ariane Moffatt – MA

Lindi Ortega – Little Red Boots

Parlovr – Kook Soul

Sandro Perri – Impossible Spaces

Joel Plaskett Emergency – Scrappy Happiness

PS I Love You – Death Dreams

John K. Samson – Provincial

Shooting Guns – Born To Deal In Magic: 1952-1976

The Slakadeliqs – The Other Side of Tomorrow

Patrick Watson – Adventures In Your Own Backyard
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Bry Webb – Provider

The Weeknd – Echoes of Silence

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan – YT//ST

Yukon Blonde – Tiger Talk

The long list of nominees have a little bit of time to celebrate.  The list will be culled down to ten on July 17th , with the winner being announced on September 24th!


Mike Morrison

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