By Alex HudsonThis year's Polaris Music Prize will award $30,000 to the best Canadian album released between June 2012 and May 2013 based on artistic merit alone. Now, the long list of 40 nominees has been announced.
These contenders have been selected by a jury of journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across the country. They voted on their favourite albums from the past year, and these votes have been tallied to create a top 40 list.
The jurors will then re-vote to whittle this list down to a top 10, which will be unveiled on July 16, with the eventual winner being selected by a Grand Jury at the Polaris Music Prize Gala on September 23.
This year's 40 long list nominees are, in alphabetical order:
A Tribe Called Red - Nation II Nation Alaclair Ensemble - Les maigres blancs d'Amérique du Noir ANCIIENTS - Heart of Oak The Besnard Lakes - Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO Louis-Jean Cormier - Le Treizičme Étage Daphni - JIAOLONG Mac DeMarco - 2 Evening Hymns - Spectral Dusk Hannah Georgas - Hannah Georgas Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! Chilly Gonzales - Solo Piano II Jim Guthrie - Takes Time Hayden - Us Alone Zaki Ibrahim - Every Opposite KEN mode - Entrench Kid Koala - 12 bit Blues Kobo Town - Jumbie in the Jukebox Pierre Lapointe - Punkt Lee Harvey Osmond - The Folk Sinner Les soeurs Boulay - Le poids des confettis Corb Lund - Cabin Fever The Luyas - Animator Majical Cloudz - Impersonator Metric - Synthetica METZ - METZ Danny Michel with the Garifuna Collective - Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me AC Newman - Shut Down The Streets Old Man Luedecke - Tender is The Night Lindi Ortega - Cigarettes & Truckstops Peter Peter - Une version améliorée de la tristesse Purity Ring - Shrines Rah Rah - The Poet's Dead Rhye - Woman Daniel Romano - Come Cry With Me Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light Suuns - Images du futur Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob Al Tuck - Stranger at the Wake Whitehorse - The Fate of the World Depends On This Kiss Young Galaxy - Ultramarine
This is the eighth instalment of the prize. Past winners are Final Fantasy for He Poos Clouds (2006), Patrick Watson for Close to Paradise (2007), Caribou for Andorra (2008), Fucked Up for The Chemistry of Common Life (2009), Karkwa for Les Chemins De Verre (2010), Arcade Fire for The Suburbs (2011), and Feist for Metals (2012).