Polaris Music Prize Reveals 2012 Long List

Polaris Music Prize Reveals 2012 Long List
Once again, the Polaris Music Prize is back to honour the best in Canadian music from the past year. Now in its seventh instalment, the annual prize will hand out a $30,000 award to what the jury deems the best Canadian album released between June 2011 and May 2012. Today (June 14), the long list of 40 nominees was announced in an event at the Waldorf Hotel in Vancouver.

This long list was determined by votes from over 200 journalists, bloggers and broadcasters from across the country. Now that the nominees have been revealed, the jurors will re-vote in order to whittle it down to a short list of ten, which will be announced on July 17 at the Drake Hotel in Toronto. The winner will then be announced on September 24 at CTV's Concert Hall in Toronto's Masonic Temple.

The Polaris Music Prize is judged solely on artistic merit without regard for sales or genre. It has been growing steadily since its inception, and last year upped the prize money by $10,000.

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), and Arcade Fire for The Suburbs (2011).

Without further ado, here are the albums in the running for this year's Polaris Music Prize. They are listed in alphabetical order.

A Tribe Called Red - A Tribe Called Red
Marie-Pierre Arthur - Aux Alentours
Rich Aucoin - We're All Dying to Live
Avec pas d'casque - Astronomie
Azari & III - Azari & III
Bahamas - Barchords
The Barr Brothers - The Barr Brothers
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings - Kings and Queens
Cadence Weapon - Hope in Dirt City
Kathryn Calder - Bright And Vivid
Cannon Bros. - Firecracker/Cloudglow
Coeur de pirate - Blonde
Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
Cold Specks - I Predict a Graceful Expulsion
Rose Cousins - We Have Made a Spark
Mark Davis - Eliminate the Toxins
Drake - Take Care
Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur
Feist - Metals
Fucked Up - David Comes to Life
Great Lake Swimmers - New Wild Everywhere
Grimes - Visions
Dan Mangan - Oh Fortune
Mares Of Thrace - The Pilgrimage
Ariane Moffatt - MA
Handsome Furs - Sound Kapital
Japandroids - Celebration Rock
Lindi Ortega - Little Red Boots
Parlovr - Kook Soul
Sandro Perri - Impossible Spaces
Joel Plaskett Emergency - Scrappy Happiness
PS I Love You - Death Dreams
John K. Samson - Provincial
Shooting Guns - Born To Deal in Magic 1952-1976
The Slakadeliqs - The Other Side of Tomorrow
Patrick Watson - Adventures In Your Own Backyard
Bry Webb - Provider
The Weeknd - Echoes of Silence
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan - YT//ST
Yukon Blonde - Tiger Talk