Canada’s Polaris Music Prize Long List Revealed



Out in Whitehorse, Yukon today, the 40 albums selected for the annual Polaris Music Prize’s long list were revealed. As per usual, the list showcases the Canadian music scene’s vast diversity and heightened talent. To be selected, an album had to be awesome in the eyes of pundits, as well as released between June 2015 and May 2016. The full list can be seen below.

From here, this long list will be narrowed down 10 selections by July 14, with the winner being announced at a special gala on September 19. Apart from bragging rights, this prize also comes with a cool $50,000 for the winner.

​Polaris Music Prize 2016 Long List:

Art Bergmann – The Apostate

Justin Bieber – Purpose

Black Mountain – IV

Jean-Michel Blais – II

Basia Bulat – Good Advice

Daniel Caesar – Pilgrim’s Paradise

Tanika Charles – Soul Run

City and Colour – If I Should Go Before You

Cœur de pirate – Roses

Dead Obies – Gesamtkunstwerk

Destroyer – Poison Season

Dilly Dally – Sore

Drake – VIEWS

Essaie pas – Demain est une autre nuit

Fred Fortin – Ultramarr

FOXTROTT – A Taller Us

Grimes – Art Angels

Half Moon Run – Sun Leads Me On

Veda Hille – Love Waves

Jazz Cartier – Hotel Paranoia

Carly Rae Jepsen – E•MO•TION

Junior Boys – Big Black Coat

Kaytranada – 99.9%

Jessy Lanza – Oh No

Majid Jordan – Majid Jordan

Michelle McAdorey – Into Her Future

Nap Eyes – Thought Rock Fish Scale

Safia Nolin – Limoilou

Operators – Blue Wave

Peaches – Rub

PUP – The Dream Is Over

Daniel Romano – Mosey

Andy Shauf – The Party

The Strumbellas – Hope

Suuns – Hold/Still

U.S. Girls – Half Free

Un Blonde – Good Will Come To You

The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness

White Lung – Paradise

Donovan Woods – Hard Settle, Ain’t Troubled