Published Jun 14, 2018The Polaris Music Prize will once again present an award to the Canadian album deemed the best of the last 12 months, and the long list of nominees for the 2018 prize has just been announced.
From the newly revealed list of 40 albums, 10 will be selected for a short list. That list will be revealed on July 17. The final winner will be announced at a gala celebration at the Carlu in Toronto on September 17.
This year's winner will receive $50,000; each of the nine short list finalists will be awarded $3,000.
Eligible albums for this year's prize must have been released between June 1, 2017, and May 21, 2018.
The long and short lists are selected by a jury of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada, and are selected "solely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre or record sales." The final winner will be selected by a grand jury on the night of the gala.
Without further ado, here are the 2018 long list nominees for the Polaris Music Prize.
2018 Polaris Music Prize Long List Nominees:
a l l i e - Nightshade
Alvvays - Antisocialites
Arcade Fire - Everything Now
Bahamas - Earthtones
The Barr Brothers - Queens of the Breakers
Bernice - Puff LP: In the air without a shape
Jean-Michel Blais - Dans ma main
Bonjay - Lush Life
Booji Boys - Weekend Rocker
Philippe Brach - Le silence des troupeaux
Cadence Weapon - Cadence Weapon
Daniel Caesar - Freudian
Jennifer Castle - Angels of Death
Clairmont The Second - Lil Mont from The Ave
Gord Downie - Introduce Yerself
Jeremy Dutcher - Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa
Faith Healer - Try ;-)
FRIGS - Basic Behaviour
Zaki Ibrahim - The Secret Life of Planets
Iskwé - The Fight Within
Kacy & Clayton - The Siren's Song
Lydia Képinski - Premier Juin
Pierre Kwenders - MAKANDA at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time
Pierre Lapointe - La science du coeur
Melissa Laveaux - Radyo Siwèl
Hubert Lenoir - Darlène
Terra Lightfoot - New Mistakes
Loud - Une année record
Milk & Bone - Deception Bay
Partner - In Search Of Lost Time
Propagandhi - Victory Lap
Vivek Shraya - Part-Time Woman
Sloan - 12
Snotty Nose Rez Kids - The Average Savage
U.S. Girls - In A Poem Unlimited
The Weather Station - The Weather Station
Weaves - Wide Open
Charlotte Day Wilson - Stone Woman
Donovan Woods - Both Ways
YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN - Dirt