After months of to-ing and fro-ing, arguing and bickering, supporting and a tiny bit of bashing, the 200+ music industry types who make up the vast jury for the Polaris Music Prize have voted in stage one of this year’s competition. Again, the goal is to name the best Canadian album of the last 12 months regardless of genre or commercial success.
There were 188 submissions. Now we’re down to these 40 (in alphabetical order):
- 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
- BADBADNOTGOOD – IV
- 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
- TUNS – TUNS
- Leif Vollebekk – Twin Solitude
- Weaves – Weaves
- The Weeknd – Starboy
- Charlotte Day Wilson – CDW
Now on to stage two. The same 200+ journos will now cast votes to whittle this Long List down to the Short List of 10. The results will be announced on CBC Music’s Facebook page.
Stage three will happen on September 18 in Toronto when a jury of 11 people will fight it out until we have one winner. This year’s Polaris event will take place, as usual, at the Carlu in Toronto.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have listening and voting to do.