Here's the 2021 Polaris Music Prize Long List

TOBi, the Weather Station, Daniel Lanois, Mustafa, Yu Su and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson are among the nominees

BY Matt BobkinPublished Jun 15, 2021

Exclaim! aren't the only ones dropping their list of favourite recent albums today — the Polaris Music Prize has just announced its 2021 long list.

The list of Canadian nominees for this year's prize includes Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, the Besnard Lakes, Cadence Weapon, Charlotte Cardin, DijahSB, Thanya Iyer, Yves Jarvis, Rochelle Jordan, Daniel Lanois, Mustafa, Dorothea Paas, Klô PelgagSavannah Ré, Allison Russell, Yu Su, TOBi, the Weather Station and Zoon, among others.

Check out the 40-album long list below.

The 40 long-listed nominees were chosen by an independent jury of nearly 200 music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada. Artists eligible for this year's Polaris Music Prize must have released an album between May 1, 2020, and May 31, 2021. The jury awards the prize to the best Canadian album "without regard to musical genre or commercial popularity."

Of the 40 Canadian artists announced on the long list, only 10 will move on to the shortlist. Shortlist finalists will be announced on July 15. The winner of the 2021 Polaris Music Prize and the $50,000 that comes with it will be announced in the fall. 

The usual gala in Toronto to announce the winner was replaced last year by a "special cinematic event" featuring original short films honouring each of the 10 finalists followed by the winner reveal; it is yet to be revealed how the final announcement will proceed this year.

Last year's Polaris Music Prize was won by Backxwash for the album God Has Nothing to Do with This Leave Him Out of It.

2021 Polaris Music Prize Long List:

Art Bergmann – Late Stage Empire Dementia 
Bernice – Eau De Bonjourno 
The Besnard Lakes – The Besnard Lakes Are the Last of the Great Thunderstorm Warnings
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson – Theory of Ice 
Big Brave – Vital 
Cadence Weapon – Parallel World 
Charlotte Cardin – Phoenix 
CFCF – memoryland 
Clairmont The Second – It's Not How It Sounds 
Helena Deland – Someone New 
DijahSB – Head Above the Waters 
Kathleen Edwards – Total Freedom 
Dominique Fils-Aimé – Three Little Words 
Fiver with the Atlantic School of Spontaneous Composition – Fiver with the Atlantic School of  Spontaneous Composition 
Thanya Iyer – KIND 
Yves Jarvis – Sundry Rock Song Stock 
Rochelle Jordan – Play with the Changes 
LAL – Meteors Could Come Down 
Daniel Lanois – Heavy Sun 
Thierry Larose – Cantalou 
Russell Louder – Humor 
Elliot Maginot – Easy Morning 
Mustafa – When Smoke Rises 
Laura Niquay – Waska Matisiwin 
NYSSA – Girls Like Me 
The OBGMs – The Ends 
Dorothea Paas – Anything Can't Happen 
Klô Pelgag – Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs 
Savannah Ré – Opia 
Allison Russell – Outside Child 
Julien Sagot – Sagot 
Sargeant X Comrade – Magic Radio 
Shabason, Krgovich & Harris – Philadelphia 
Yu Su – Yellow River Blue 
Julian Taylor – The Ridge 
TEKE::TEKE – Shirushi 
TOBi – Elements Vol. 1 
Vagina Witchcraft – Vagina Witchcraft 
The Weather Station – Ignorance 
Zoon – Bleached Wavves

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