All your favourite Canadian bands are up for the Polaris Music Prize

40 acts are on the longlist.
The long list of nominees for this year’s Polaris Music Prize have been revealed.

The Canadian equivalent of the UK’s Mercury Music Prize, the extended list of names will be cut down to a 10 act short list, which will be announced on 13th July.

The 40 name initial grouping includes Drake, Mac DeMarco, Feist, Carly Rae Jepsen, Leonard Cohen, The Weeknd, Japandroids, the New Pornographers, BADBADNOTGOOD, Tanya Tagaq and more.

Check it out below.

A Tribe Called Red – We Are The Halluci Nation

Alaclair Ensemble – Les Frères Cueilleurs

Anciients – Voice of the Void

Arkells – Morning Report

Philippe B – La grande nuit vidéo


Louise Burns – Young Mopes

Chocolat – Rencontrer Looloo

Clairmont The Second – Quest For Milk and Honey

Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker

Antoine Corriveau – Cette chose qui cognait au creux de sa poitrine sans vouloir s’arrêter

Le Couleur – P.O.P.

Marie Davidson – Adieux Au Dancefloor

Mac Demarco – This Old Dog

Gord Downie – Secret Path

Drake – More Life

Feist – Pleasure

Figure Walking – The Big Other

Fiver – Audible Songs From Rockwood

Geoffroy – Coastline

Hannah Georgas – For Evelyn

Japandroids – Near To The Wild Heart Of Life

Carly Rae Jepsen – E.MO.TION Side B

B.A. Johnston – Gremlins III

Lisa LeBlanc – Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?

The New Pornographers – Whiteout Conditions

Klô Pelgag – L’Étoile thoracique

Peter Peter – Noir Éden

Lido Pimienta – La Papessa

Jessie Reyez – Kiddo

Daniel Romano – Modern Pressure

The Sadies – Northern Passages

John K. Samson – Winter Wheat

Tanya Tagaq – Retribution

The Tragically Hip – Man Machine Poem


Leif Vollebekk – Twin Solitude

Weaves – Weaves

The Weeknd – Starboy

Charlotte Day Wilson – CDW

The winner of this year’s Polaris Music Prize will be crowned on 18th September.

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