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The Polaris Prize Long List

The Polaris Prize Long List

The long list for Canada’s Polaris Prize was announced today – which awards $20,000 to the best full-length Canadian album, judged “solely on artistic merit, without regard to genre or record sales.” And no folks, Justin Bieber was not included (there’s more to Canadian music than Drake and the Biebs).

The list consists of the top 40 full-length Canadian records released from June 1, 2009 to May 31, 2010, according to an initial vote by a jury consisting of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada. The Polaris Jury will now vote on the Long List titles to determine the 10 album Polaris Music Prize Short List which will be revealed July 6.

It’s a great list – representing the awesomeness that is Canadian music output right now… and for kicks I bolded my preferences for the eventual top 10.

2010 Polaris Music Prize Long List

Apollo Ghosts – Mount Benson (Vancouver)
Bahamas – Pink Strat (Toronto)
The Besnard Lakes – The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night (Montreal)
Blue Rodeo – The Things We Left Behind (Toronto)
Brasstronaut – Mt. Chimaera (Vancouver)
Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record (Toronto)
Basia Bulat – Heart Of My Own (London)
By Divine Right – Mutant Message (Toronto)
Caribou – Swim (Dundas)
Jason Collett – Rat A Tat Tat (Toronto)
Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles (II) (Toronto)
Amelia Curran – Hunter Hunter (St. John’s)
Fred Fortin – Plastrer La Lune (Montreal)
Frog Eyes – Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph (Victoria)
Hannah Georgas – This Is Good (Vancouver)
Ghostkeeper – Ghostkeeper (Calgary)
Holy Fuck – Latin (Toronto)
Karkwa – Les Chemins De Verre (Montreal)
LeE HARVeY OsMOND – A Quiet Evil (Hamilton)
Greg MacPherson – Mr. Invitation (Winnipeg)
Dan Mangan – Nice, Nice, Very Nice (Vancouver)
Misteur Valaire – Golden Bombay (Montreal)
The New Pornographers – Together (Vancouver)
Owen Pallett – Heartland (Toronto)
Plants And Animals – La La Land (Montreal)
Radio Radio – Belmundo Regal (Montreal)
Justin Rutledge – The Early Widows (Toronto)
The Sadies – Darker Circles (Toronto)
Shad – TSOL (London)
Elizabeth Shepherd – Heavy Falls The Night (Toronto)
The Slew – 100% (Montreal)
Meaghan Smith – The Cricket’s Orchestra (Halifax)
South Rakkas Crew – The Stimulus Package (Toronto)
Tegan And Sara – Sainthood (Vancouver)
The Wooden Sky – If I Don’t Come Home You’ll Know I’m Gone (Toronto)
Hawksley Workman – Meat (Huntsville)
You Say Party! We Say Die! – XXXX (Vancouver)
Young Galaxy – Invisible Republic (Montreal)
Yukon Blonde – Yukon Blonde (Vancouver)
Zeus – Say Us (Toronto)

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