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Polaris Music Prize Long List Announced

Stage two of the year-long journey towards naming the best album in Canada happened today with the winnowing of all the suggested albums–some 200-ish, all from many, many, many music writers and critics from across the country (stage one)–down to the forty semifinalists on the Long List. The announcement was made in Halifax today (June 16).

The Long List is as follows. NOTE: You can stream every one of these albums in their entirety here.

  1. Absolutely Free – Absolutely Free
  2. The Acorn – Vieux Loup
  3. Lydia Ainsworth – Right From Real
  4. Alvvays – Alvvays
  5. Arkells – High Noon
  6. Rich Aucoin – Ephemeral
  7. BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah – Sour Soul
  8. Bahamas – Bahamas Is Afie
  9. The Barr Brothers – Sleeping Operator
  10. Braids – Deep In The Iris
  11. Steph Cameron – Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady
  12. Caribou – Our Love
  13. Jazz Cartier – Marauding In Paradise
  14. Jennifer Castle – Pink City
  15. Cold Specks – Neuroplasticity
  16. Louis-Jean Cormier – Les grandes artères
  17. Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World
  18. Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  19. Frazey Ford – Indian Ocean
  20. Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon
  21. B.A. Johnston – Shit Sucks
  22. Pierre Kwenders – Le dernier empereur Bantou
  23. Lee Harvey Osmond – Beautiful Scars
  24. Jean Leloup – À Paradis City
  25. METZ – II
  26. Milk & Bone – Little Mourning
  27. Tre Mission – Stigmata
  28. The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers
  29. Joel Plaskett – The Park Avenue Sobriety Test
  30. Buffy Sainte-Marie – Power In The Blood
  31. Elizabeth Shepherd – The Signal
  32. Siskiyou – Nervous
  33. Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld – Never were the way she was
  34. Various Artists – Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock and Country, 1966-1985
  35. Viet Cong – Viet Cong
  36. Patrick Watson – Love Songs For Robots
  37. The Weather Station – Loyalty
  38. White Lung – Deep Fantasy
  39. Whitehorse – Leave No Bridge Unburned
  40. Young Guv – Ripe 4 Luv

The Long List will be reduced to the ten finalists of the Short List July 16 (that’s stage three) with the with winner being declared at the annual gala in Toronto on September 22 (stage four, natch).

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