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Published on June 15th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Here is the Long List for the 2018 Polaris Music Prize

As a member of the wider jury for the Polaris Music Prize (there are over 200 of us), I long ago lost count of how many albums were put forward for consideration. It was over 200 for sure and the vast majority of them were very, very good. Damn, our people make good music.

None of those albums matter anymore, save for the 40 that made the Long List after a round of voting.

This list will be subject to another round of voting, which will whittle things down to the Short List on July 17. The final step is to declare a winner at the Gala September 17 in Toronto. The winner will receive $50,000 cash while the nine runners-up will get $3,000 each.

Which of the following will make it? There is some extremely interesting stuff here. And note the absence of Broken Social Scene, Preoccupations (one of my Long List votes), Whitehorse and The Weeknd.

  1. a l l i e – Nightshade
  2. Alvvays – Antisocialites
  3. Arcade Fire – Everything Now
  4. Bahamas – Earthtones
  5. The Barr Brothers – Queens of the Breakers
  6. Bernice – Puff LP: In the air without a shape
  7. Jean-Michel Blais – Dans ma main
  8. Bonjay – Lush Life
  9. Booji Boys – Weekend Rocker
  10. Philippe Brach – Le silence des troupeaux
  11. Cadence Weapon – Cadence Weapon
  12. Daniel Caesar – Freudian
  13. Jennifer Castle – Angels of Death
  14. Clairmont The Second – Lil Mont from The Ave
  15. Gord Downie – Introduce Yerself
  16. Jeremy Dutcher – Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa
  17. Faith Healer – Try 😉
  18. FRIGS – Basic Behaviour
  19. Zaki Ibrahim – The Secret Life of Planets
  20. Iskwé – The Fight Within
  21. Kacy & Clayton – The Siren’s Song
  22. Lydia Képinski – Premier Juin
  23. Pierre Kwenders – MAKANDA at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time
  24. Pierre Lapointe – La science du coeur
  25. Melissa Laveaux – Radyo Siwèl
  26. Hubert Lenoir – Darlène
  27. Terra Lightfoot – New Mistakes
  28. Loud – Une année record
  29. Milk & Bone – Deception Bay
  30. Partner – In Search Of Lost Time
  31. Propagandhi – Victory Lap
  32. Vivek Shraya & Queer Songbook Orchestra – Part-Time Woman
  33. Sloan – 12
  34. Snotty Nose Rez Kids – The Average Savage
  35. U.S. Girls – In A Poem Unlimited
  36. The Weather Station – The Weather Station
  37. Weaves – Wide Open
  38. Charlotte Day Wilson – Stone Woman
  39. Donovan Woods – Both Ways
  40. YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN – Dirt

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have more listening to do.

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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One Response to Here is the Long List for the 2018 Polaris Music Prize

  1. Bobby says:

    Some good choices, some great choices, some I don’t care for personally, but I will say that the Bernice Puff LP is crazy damn good!!!!

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