The long list for one of Canadian music’s highest honors, the Polaris Music Prize, was announced yesterday in Vancouver. The prize was established in 2006 and has quickly become the most coveted award in the country, as the title of Canadian full-length album of the year (regardless of genre, sales or label) along with a hefty $30,000 check is awarded to the winning artist or group.
The winner is decided by a group of 200-plus journalists, bloggers and broadcasters from all over Canada. Each jury member votes for his or her top five albums, with the top album earning five points, the second earning four points and so on. The top 40 scoring albums make the long list, and then the process is repeated a second time to determine the short list of 10, which will be revealed July 17. Ultimately, 11 Grand Jury members will decide on the winner by process of elimination as each band performs during the gala in Toronto on September 24.
Past winners include Caribou in 2008 and Arcade Fire in 2011.
To hold you over until the short list is released next month, check out some videos from a few of the nominees, as well as the full list of nominated albums below:
Edwards may be Justin Vernon’s new lady, but she has long been a fixture on the Canadian music scene. This is her video for “Change The Sheets” from her nominated album, Voyageur.
Plaskett is another veteran; he and his Emergency (two guys on drum and bass) were also shortlisted for the 2007 Polaris Music Prize. Here he is with “You’re Mine” off of his nominated album, Scrappy Happiness.
And now for something completely different: Here’s electro-darling Grimes with her video for “Nightmusic” off of her nominated album, Visions.
The indie-rockers of Yukon Blonde have come a long way from just being a passing reference on How I Met Your Mother. Here they are with “Wind Blows” off of their nominated album, Tiger Talk.
John K. Sampson
Sampson, the singer from Winnipeg-based group the Weakerthans, has been nominated for his first solo album, Provincial, which features the standout track “When I Write My Master’s Thesis.”
Polaris Music Prize 2012 – Long 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 And III – Azari And III
Bahamas – Barchords
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
Rose Cousins – We Have Made A Spark
Mark Davis – Eliminate The Toxins
Drake – Take Care
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. Sampson – Provincial
Shooting Guns – Born To Deal In Magic 1952-1976
Slakadeliqs – The Other Side Of Tomorrow
Patrick Watson – Adventures In Your Own Backyard
Bry Webb – Provider
Weeknd – Echoes Of Silence
Yamantaka//Sonic Titan – YT//ST
Yukon Blonde – Tiger Talk