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Here is the 2016 Polaris Music Prize long list
By
Melody Lau

Published

June 16, 2016

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The long list for the 2016 Polaris Music Prize has been announced in Whitehorse, and we’ve got the complete list of 40 artists below:

Art Bergmann, The Apostate
Justin Bieber, Purpose
Black Mountain, IV
Jean-Michel Blais, II
Basia Bulat, Good Advice
Daniel Caesar, Pilgrim’s Paradise
Tanika Charles, Soul Run
City and Colour, If I Should Go Before You
Coeur de pirate, Roses
Dead Obies, Gesamtkunstwerk
Destroyer, Poison Season
Dilly Dally, Sore
Drake, Views
Essaie pas, Demain est une autre nuit
Fred Fortin, Ultramarr
Foxtrott, A Taller Us
Grimes, Art Angels
Half Moon Run, Sun Leads Me On
Veda Hille, Long Waves
Jazz Cartier, Hotel Paranoia
Carly Rae Jepsen, Emotion
Junior Boys, Big Black Coat
Kaytranada, 99.9%
Jessy Lanza, Oh No
Majid Jordan, Majid Jordan
Michelle McAdorey, Into Her Future
Nap Eyes, Thought Rock Fish Scale
Safia Nolin, Limoilou
Operators, Blue Wave
Peaches, Rub
PUP, The Dream is Over
Daniel Romano, Mosey
Andy Shauf, The Party
The Strumbellas, Hope
Suuns, Hold/Still
U.S. Girls, Half Free
Un Blonde, Good Will Come To You
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness
White Lung, Paradise
Donovan Woods, Hard Settle, Ain’t Troubled

The Polaris Music Prize is an annual, juried award given to a Canadian album of the highest artistic integrity without regard to sales figures, genre or professional affiliation. It is determined by a jury of journalists, broadcasters, bloggers and programmers from across Canada. This year, the winning album will receive $50,000.

Previous winners include Tanya Tagaq, Feist, Patrick Watson, Owen Pallett, Arcade Fire and last year’s winner, Buffy Sainte-Marie for her album Power in the Blood.

The jury will vote once more to decide a short list of 10 albums, which will be announced on July 14, and this year’s Polaris Music Prize winner will be announced at a live gala event on the evening of Sept. 19.

And don’t forget to tune in today at 6 p.m. (6:30 NL) for a special one-hour broadcast of CBC Radio 2’s Drive with Pete Morey where he will take us through today’s long list nominees and play songs from some of the nominated albums.