>Monday was a great day for Canadian Music as the Polaris Music Prize Long List was announced! In case you are like half of Canada and have never heard of Polaris, I’m not going to pretend I’m a music snob and discipline you, I just heard about them last year.

But the Polaris Music Prize is actually very important and one of the highest honors any canadian musician can receive because it’s awarded to them by the critics. Many people think the Junos are the Canadian Grammys, but the Junos are based on sales, that is why Nickelback keeps winning. The Polaris prize is awarded by the critics and does not count airplay, sales or revenue.
The long list of nominees was announced today. In a couple of weeks (July 7th) it will be shorted to ten and then on September 21st one artist will chosen to win the $20,000 prize. Past winners include Patrick Watson, Final Fantasy and Caribou. It’s okay if you haven’t heard of any of them, now you just have more great music to listen too!
Take a look at the list below and see if you recognize any of the nominees. If not then go to Itunes or your local music store and BUY their albums. Canadian artists are hard working and deserve to reap the rewards of following their dreams.
Congrats to all the nominees. (I’ve bolded the CDs I own!)
Arkells – Jackson Square
Jill Barber – Chances
Beast – Beast
Bell Orchestre – As Seen Through Windows
Bison B.C. – Quiet Earth
Bruce Peninsula – A Mountain Is A Mouth
CÅ“ur De Pirate – CÅ“ur De Pirate
Leonard Cohen – Live In London
D-Sisive – Let The Children Die
Elephant Stone – The Seven Seas
Elliott Brood – Mountain Meadows
F**ked Up – The Chemistry Of Common Life
Great Lake Swimmers – Lost Channels
Handsome Furs – Face Control
Tim Hecker – An Imaginary Country
Hey Rosetta! – Into Your Lungs
Japandroids – Post-Nothing
Junior Boys – Begone Dull Care
K’NAAN – Troubadour
La pat̬re rose РLa pat̬re rose
Land Of Talk – Some Are Lakes
Lhasa – Lhasa
Malajube – Labyrinthes
Metric – Fantasies (check out my Metric concert review)
One Hundred Dollars – Forest Of Tears
Pink Mountaintops – Outside Love
Joel Plaskett – Three
Snailhouse – Lies On The Prize
Charles Spearin – The Happiness Project
Rae Spoon – superioryouareinferior
The Stills – Oceans Will Rise
Think About Life – Family
Timber Timbre – Timber Timbre
Chad VanGaalen – Soft Airplane
Martha Wainwright – I Know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too
Patrick Watson – Wooden Arms
Wolf Parade – At Mount Zoomer
Women – Women
Woodpigeon – Treasury Library Canada C/W Houndstooth Europa

Mike Morrison