Polaris Prize 2012 Long List: Long List is Long

The 7th annual Polaris Music Prize Long List was revealed today, inciting many a hipster internet dust-up as to who will win, who shouldn’t be on the list, and most importantly, who WASN’T on the list.

But what is the Polaris Music Prize?” you ask? Well let me—or Polaris Music Prize—tell you:

A not-for-profit organization that honours, celebrates and rewards creativity and diversity in Canadian recorded music. Polaris recognizes and markets albums of the highest artistic integrity, without regard to musical genre, professional affiliation, or sales history. it is adjudicated by selected music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers.

It’s all that, and a $30,000 prize to the album that receives the most votes by the aforementioned jury.  Why does any of this matter? It matters because this is, in essence, the TRUE Album of the Year Juno award.  Unlike the said Juno award, this decision is not based solely on album sales.  This music prize actually recognizes artistic integrity, originality and quality.  Money has nothing to do with it. In fact, an album could have sold zero copies and still be on this list.

The Polaris Music Prize has grown each year in popularity amongst music snobs junkies and is taken very seriously.  That’s why we all get so up in arms over the selections.  Everyone has a few favourites they feel are deserving of the prize, or at least a spot on the long list.  The nominees have to have released at least an 8-song and minimum 30-minute LP between June 1, 2011 and May 31, 2012 to be qualified for selection.

Alright, here’s the LOOOOONNNG List: (in alphabetical order)

  1. A Tribe Called Red – A Tribe Called Red
  2. Marie-Pierre Arthur – Aux alentours
  3. Rich Aucoin – We’re All Dying To Live
  4. Avec pas d’casque – Astronomie
  5. Azari & III – Azari & III
  6. Bahamas – Barchords
  7. The Barr Brothers – The Barr Brothers
  8. Blackie And The Rodeo Kings – Kings And Queens
  9. Cadence Weapon – Hope In Dirt City
  10. Kathryn Calder – Bright And Vivid
  11. Cannon Bros. – Firecracker/Cloudglow
  12. Coeur de pirate – Blonde
  13. Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas
  14. Cold Specks – I Predict A Graceful Expulsion
  15. Rose Cousins – We Have Made A Spark
  16. Mark Davis – Eliminate the Toxins
  17. Drake – Take Care
  18. Kathleen Edwards – Voyageur
  19. Feist – Metals
  20. Fucked Up – David Comes to Life
  21. Great Lake Swimmers – New Wild Everywhere
  22. Grimes – Visions
  23. Handsome Furs – Sound Kapital
  24. Japandroids – Celebration Rock
  25. Dan Mangan – Oh Fortune
  26. Mares Of Thrace – The Pilgrimage
  27. Ariane Moffatt – MA
  28. Lindi Ortega – Little Red Boots
  29. Parlovr – Kook Soul
  30. Sandro Perri – Impossible Spaces
  31. Joel Plaskett Emergency – Scrappy Happiness
  32. PS I Love You – Death Dreams
  33. John K. Samson – Provincial
  34. Shooting Guns – Born To Deal In Magic 1952-1976
  35. The Slakadeliqs – The Other Side of Tomorrow
  36. Patrick Watson – Adventures In Your Own Backyard
  37. Bry Webb – Provider
  38. The Weeknd – Echoes of Silence
  39. Yamantaka // Sonic Titan – YT//ST
  40. Yukon Blonde – Tiger Talk

There’s the Long List of 40 nominees.  I had anticipated a Plants and Animals showing on this list but perhaps too many jurors were scared away by the hippest of hipster joint’s (Pitchfork Magazine) unsatisfied review.

So with all that being said, the Short List (a narrowed down top 10 of the Long List) is to be revealed on July 17th. Mark your calenders, folks, because that’s where the real fun begins.


~ by DR on June 15, 2012.

One Response to “Polaris Prize 2012 Long List: Long List is Long”

  1. There’s some great music on this list. It shows the leaps and bounds of improvement in Canadian music. Unfortunately, everyone can’t make it on the list. I was hoping for a nod for The Wooden Sky also but what can you do?

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