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Here is the Long List for the 2022 Polaris Music Prize

After months of recommendations, discussion, debating, arguing, and kvetching, the Polaris Music Prize people ended up with a list of more than 200 albums that needed to be considered by the 200+ music Canadian industry wretches (of which I am one). The first round of voting/culling is now complete and those 200-ish albums (233, to be exact) have been narrowed down to the Long List of 40 semi-finalists.

Here are the survivors in alphabetical order.

AHI – Prospect

Arcade Fire – WE

Backxwash – I Lie Here Buried With My Rings And My Dresses


Jean-Michel Blais – aubades

Basia Bulat – The Garden

Tanika Charles – Papillon de Nuit: The Night Butterfly

Chiiild – Hope For Sale

Destroyer – Labyrinthitis

Julie Doiron – I Thought Of You

The Garrys – Get Thee To A Nunnery

The Halluci Nation – One More Saturday Night

Joyful Joyful – Joyful Joyful

Adria Kain – When Flowers Bloom

Lydia Képinski – Depuis

Pierre Kwenders – José Louis And The Paradox Of Love

Ada Lea – one hand on the steering wheel the other sewing a garden

Lisa Leblanc – Chiac Disco

Hubert Lenoir – PICTURA DE IPSE : Musique directe

Luna Li – Duality

Les Louanges – Crash

LOONY – soft thing

Kelly McMichael – Waves

Men I Trust – Untourable Album

Haviah Mighty – Stock Exchange

myst milano. – Shapeshyfter

Cedric Noel – Hang Time

Ombiigizi – Sewn Back Together

Orville Peck – Bronco

Ouri – Frame of a Fauna

P’tit Belliveau – Un homme et son piano


SATE – The Fool

Shad – Tao

Sister Ray – Communion

Snotty Nose Rez Kids – Life After

Stars – From Capelton Hill

Tanya Tagaq – Tongues

The Weeknd – Dawn FM

Charlotte Day Wilson – Alpha

The next round of voting will take place over the next month with the Short List reveal coming on July 14. After that, it’s big Polaris Music Prize Gala on September 19 when a jury of music types will name one winner: the best Canadian album of the last twelve months regardless of genre or commercial success.

The winner will get $50,000 cash. The remaining nine will each receive $3,000.

If you want to review the Long List for yourself, go here.

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