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Here Is Your Polaris Music Prize Long List for 2016

It seems like there were hundreds of albums to choose from when it came to this year’s Polaris Music Prize, Canada’s annual critic pick for the best record of the year. The 200+ people in the voting pool (broadcasters, music writers, bloggers, various critics) put forth a lot–and I mean a LOT–of music for consideration this year. When it came time for the first cull–the winnowing of the master list down to just 40 on the Long List–here’s what happened (in alphabetical order):

  1. Art Bergmann – The Apostate
  2. Justin Bieber – Purpose
  3. Black Mountain – IV
  4. Jean-Michel Blais – II
  5. Basia Bulat – Good Advice
  6. Daniel Caesar – Pilgrim’s Paradise
  7. Tanika Charles – Soul Run
  8. City and Colour – If I Should Go Before You
  9. Cœur de pirate – Roses
  10. Dead Obies – Gesamtkunstwerk
  11. Destroyer – Poison Season
  12. Dilly Dally – Sore
  13. Drake – VIEWS
  14. Essaie pas – Demain est une autre nuit
  15. Fred Fortin – Ultramarr
  16. FOXTROTT – A Taller Us
  17. Grimes – Art Angels
  18. Half Moon Run – Sun Leads Me On
  19. Veda Hille – Love Waves
  20. Jazz Cartier – Hotel Paranoia
  21. Carly Rae Jepsen – E•MO•TION
  22. Junior Boys – Big Black Coat
  23. Kaytranada – 99.9%
  24. Jessy Lanza – Oh No
  25. Majid Jordan – Majid Jordan
  26. Michelle McAdorey – Into Her Future
  27. Nap Eyes – Thought Rock Fish Scale
  28. Safia Nolin – Limoilou
  29. Operators – Blue Wave
  30. Peaches – Rub
  31. PUP – The Dream Is Over
  32. Daniel Romano – Mosey
  33. Andy Shauf – The Party
  34. The Strumbellas – Hope
  35. Suuns – Hold/Still
  36. U.S. Girls – Half Free
  37. Un Blonde – Good Will Come To You
  38. The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness
  39. White Lung – Paradise
  40. Donovan Woods – Hard Settle, Ain’t Troubled

A solid list of music, to be sure. But we’re far from done. A second round of voting will result in the Short List, which will be unveiled July 14. The remainder of the summer will be devoted to infighting as to which album should win. The final responsibility lies with the Grand Jury, eleven folks out of those 200+ who will render their verdict at the Polaris Music Prize Gala on September 19 at the Carlu in Toronto. The winning act gets $50,000 cash and each of the nine finalists will get three grand each.

Alan Cross

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One thought on “Here Is Your Polaris Music Prize Long List for 2016

  • Nice to see Art Bergmann back making music…underrated for sure.


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