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Check out the 2016 Polaris Music Prize long list announcement today

Emma Godmere

Since 2006, the Polaris Music Prize has provided a platform to showcase some of the best Canadian albums released each year based solely on artistic merit, without consideration for record sales or musical genre. Every summer, Polaris unveils a prestigious list featuring 40 critically acclaimed releases from the last 12 months, as selected by an independent panel of music critics, bloggers, journalists and broadcasters from all corners of the country.

Today, 40 albums will be revealed on the long list for the 2016 Polaris Music Prize live from Whitehorse, Yukon, with CBC Radio 2 host Katherine Duncan. Check out the live stream of the unveiling at 12 p.m. PT/3 p.m. ET via CBC Music's Facebook page.

Want to learn more about the Polaris Music Prize and this year's long list of 40 records? Join host Pete Morey as he introduces you to this year's nominees and fills you in on the ins and outs of the Polaris Music Prize in a one-hour Radio 2 Drive special at 6 p.m./6:30 NT.

Today's long list of 40 nominees will be whittled down to a short list of 10 next month, and come September, the 2016 Polaris Music Prize winner will be awarded $50,000 at the annual gala at Toronto's Carlu on Sept. 19. Past Polaris winners have included Feist, Arcade Fire, Tanya Tagaq, Patrick Watson, and Buffy Sainte-Marie.

Stay tuned to for ongoing coverage of the 2016 Polaris Music Prize.