Polaris Music Prize Reveals Top 40 Long List

Polaris Music Prize Reveals Top 40 Long List
As promised, today is the day when the folks of the Polaris Music Prize unveil the award's long list for 2009. And, well, they've kept their promise.

Thanks to the Polaris Music Prize jury - a independent group of nearly 200 Canadian music journalists, broadcasters, bloggers and industry types from across Canada - we have a list of the top 40 Canadian albums of 2009, including the latest records from Pink Mountaintops, Women, Junior Boys, Chad VanGaalen, Fucked Up and Tim Hecker.

From the long list, the selections will be further narrowed down to a short list of 10 albums, which will be revealed on July 7 at Toronto's Drake Hotel. A grand jury will then decide the winner at a gala on September 21 in Toronto.

If you're for a bit fun, Exclaim! is now running a contest where you can have a guess at which albums you think will make the short list this year. To enter, all you need to do is click here, and then enter your 10 top. The person closest to guessing the final short list will get a Polaris prize pack including CD copies of each nominated record, and a series of handmade, limited edition prints that are custom designed for, and presented to, each nominee the night of the gala.

So, without further ado, here is the Polaris Music Prize 2009 long list:

Arkells - Jackson Square
Jill Barber - Chances
Beast - Beast
Bell Orchestre - As Seen Through Windows
Bison B.C. - Quiet Earth
Bruce Peninsula - A Mountain Is A Mouth
Coeur De Pirate - Coeur De Pirate
Leonard Cohen - Live In London
D-Sisive - Let The Children Die
Elephant Stone - The Seven Seas
Elliott Brood - Mountain Meadows
Fucked Up - The Chemistry Of Common Life
Great Lake Swimmers - Lost Channels
Handsome Furs - Face Control
Tim Hecker - An Imaginary Country
Hey Rosetta! - Into Your Lungs (And Around In Your Heart And On Through Your Blood)
Japandroids - Post Nothing
Junior Boys - Begone Dull Care
K-OS - Yes!
K'Naan - Troubadour
La Patere Rose - La Patere Rose
Land Of Talk - Some Are Lakes
Lhasa - Lhasa
Malajube - Labyrinthes
Metric - Fantasies
One Hundred Dollars - Forest Of Tears
Pink Mountaintops - Outside Love
Joel Plaskett - Three
Snailhouse - Lies On The Prize
Charles Spearin - The Happiness Project
Rae Spoon - Superioryouareinferior
The Stills - Oceans Will Rise
Think About Life - Family
Timber Timbre - Timber Timbre
Chad VanGaalen - Soft Airplane
Martha Wainwright - I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too
Patrick Watson - Wooden Arms
Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer
Women - Women
Woodpigeon - Treasury Library Canada C/W Houndstooth Europa