Polaris Music Prize Reveals the 2010 Long List

Polaris Music Prize Reveals the 2010 Long List
Since 2006, Canada's Polaris Music Prize has gained a lot of clout, and is now celebrating five years of rewarding the best Canadian album of the year, regardless of genre, sales or other inhibiting categorizations, with a $20,000 prize. Today (June 17), the Polaris Committee announced the 40-album long list from which the 2010 Polaris Prize winner will be selected.

The albums nominated for this year's Polaris Music Prize are, in alphabetical order:

Apollo Ghosts - Mount Benson
Bahamas - Pink Strat
The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night
Blue Rodeo - The Things We Left Behind
Brasstronaut - Mt. Chimaera
Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record
Basia Bulat - Heart Of My Own
By Divine Right - Mutant Message
Caribou - Swim
Jason Collett - Rat A Tat Tat
Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles (II)
Amelia Curran - Hunter, Hunter
Fred Fortin - Plastrer La Lune
Frog Eyes - Paul's Tomb: A Triumph
Hannah Georgas - This Is Good
Ghostkeeper - Ghostkeeper
Holy Fuck - Latin
Karkwa - Les Chemins De Verre
LeE HARVeY OsMOND - A Quiet Evil
Greg MacPherson - Mr. Invitation
Dan Mangan - Nice, Nice, Very Nice
Misteur Valaire - Golden Bombay
The New Pornographers - Together
Owen Pallet - Heartland
Plants And Animals - La La Land
Radio Radio - Belmundo Regal
Justin Rutledge - The Early Widows
The Sadies - Darker Circles
Shad - TSOL
Elizabeth Shepherd - Heavy Falls The Night
The Slew - 100%
Meaghan Smith - The Cricket's Orchestra
South Rakkas Crew - The Stimulus Package
Tegan And Sara - Sainthood
The Wooden Sky - If I Don't Come Home You'll Know I'm Gone
Hawksley Workman - Meat
You Say Party! We Say Die! - XXXX
Young Galaxy- Invisible Republic
Yukon Blonde - Yukon Blonde
Zeus - Say Us

Of course, you'll have to wait until September 20 to know who will take home this year's coveted prize. The winner will be announced at this year's annual Polaris Prize Gala at Toronto's Drake Hotel.

Toronto collective Fucked Up won the prize for their fantastic album, The Chemistry of Common Life, in 2009. Other past winners include Final Fantasy for He Poos Clouds (2006), Patrick Watson for Close to Paradise (2007) and Caribou for Andorra (2008).