The Polaris Music Prize Long List was announced on Thursday.  The prize recognizes the best in Canadian music and this year, surprisingly, I’ve heard of most of the nominees! This is a huge improvement that over the last few years, I obviously owe a huge debt of gratitude to CBC Radio 3 for introducing me to so many of these acts!

If you are looking to listen, love and support Canadian music, these are the forty best.  It doesn’t get any easier than this folks.  Click on their names to listen to the best that our country has to offer!

Congrats to all the nominees, the list will be shortened to 10 in just a few weeks, so show them your support now!

Apollo Ghosts – Mount Benson (Vancouver)

Bahamas – Pink Strat (Toronto)

The Besnard Lakes РThe Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night (Montr̩al)

Blue Rodeo – The Things We Left Behind (Toronto)

Brasstronaut – Mt. Chimaera (Vancouver)

Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record (Toronto)

Basia Bulat – Heart Of My Own (London)

By Divine Right – Mutant Message (Toronto)

Caribou – Swim (Dundas)

Jason Collett – Rat A Tat Tat (Toronto)

Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles (II) (Toronto)

Amelia Curran – Hunter Hunter (Halifax)

Fred Fortin РPlastrer La Lune (Montr̩al)

Frog Eyes – Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph (Victoria)

Hannah Georgas – This Is Good (Vancouver)

Ghostkeeper – Ghostkeeper (Calgary)

Holy Fuck – Latin (Toronto)

Karkwa РLes Chemins De Verre (Montr̩al)

LeE HARVeY OsMOND – A Quiet Evil (Hamilton)

Greg MacPherson – Mr. Invitation (Winnipeg)

Dan Mangan – Nice, Nice, Very Nice (Vancouver)

Misteur Valaire РGolden Bombay (Montr̩al)

The New Pornographers – Together (Vancouver)

Owen Pallett – Heartland (Toronto)

Plants And Animals РLa La Land (Montr̩al)

Radio Radio РBelmundo Regal (Montr̩al)

Justin Rutledge – The Early Widows (Toronto)

The Sadies – Darker Circles (Toronto)

Shad – TSOL (London)

Elizabeth Shepherd – Heavy Falls The Night (Toronto)

The Slew Р100% (Montr̩al)

Meaghan Smith – The Cricket’s Orchestra (London)

South Rakkas Crew – The Stimulus Package (Toronto)

Tegan And Sara – Sainthood (Vancouver)

The Wooden Sky – If I Don’t Come Home You’ll Know I’m Gone (Toronto)

Hawksely Workman – Meat (Huntsville)

You Say Party! We Say Die! – XXXX (Vancouver)

Young Galaxy РInvisible Republic (Montr̩al)

Yukon Blonde – Yukon Blonde (Vancouver)

Zeus – Say Us (Toronto)

Mike Morrison


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