Arcade Fire, Neil Young, Sloan, Stars, Ron Sexsmith and Black Mountain are among the 40 artists that made the 2011 Polaris Music Prize long-list, revealed today at a press conference in Toronto hosted by CBC Radio's Grant Lawrence.
The winner will be debated and declared at the Sept. 19 Gala at Toronto's Masonic Temple and will receive $30,000 CAD, up $10,000 thanks to the returning presenting sponsor, Sirius Satellite Radio.
Now in its sixth year, the list is determined by a nationwide jury comprised of 227 members of the Canadian music media, including journalists, bloggers, and broadcasters. All submitted their top 5 albums released from June 1, 2010 to May 31, 2011, based solely on artistic merit.
All submitted their top five full-length albums released from June 1, 2010 to May 31, 2011, based solely on artistic merit. The album does not have to have been for sale, such is the case of two long-listers D-Sisive's Jonestown 2: Jimmy Go Bye Bye and The Weekend's House of Balloons.
For the first time, each of the ten short-list artists, to be announced on July 6, will receive $2000 each, courtesy of Slaight Communications. Also, Radio Starmaker Fund will help with the expenses to get each short-list nominee to the Gala. In past years, almost all the nominees perform, while a small jury debates the merit of each of their records and decides on the winner by night's end.
The 2011 Polaris Music Prize Long List:
Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
Austra - Feel It Break
Black Mountain - Wilderness Heart
Braids - Native Speaker
Buck 65 - 20 Odd Years
Louise Burns - Mellow Drama
D-Sisive - Jonestown 2: Jimmy Go Bye Bye
The Dears - Degeneration Street
Destroyer - Kaputt
Diamond Rings - Special Affections
Dirty Beaches - Badlands
Luke Doucet and The White Falcon - Steel City Trawler
Eternia & MoSS - At Last
Galaxie - Tigre et Diesel
Jenn Grant - Honeymoon Punch
Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972
Hey Rosetta! - Seeds
Hooded Fang - Album
Imaginary Cities - Temporary Resident
Land Of Talk - Cloak and Cipher
Little Scream - The Golden Record
The Luyas - Too Beautiful To Work
Malajube - La Caverne
Miracle Fortress - Was I The Wave?
One Hundred Dollars - Songs Of Man
Doug Paisley - Constant Companion
PS I Love You - Meet Me At The Muster Station
Daniel Romano - Sleep Beneath the Willow
The Rural Alberta Advantage - Departing
Ron Sexsmith - Long Player Late Bloomer
Shotgun Jimmie - Transistor Sister
Sloan - The Double Cross
Frederick Squire - March 12
Stars - The Five Ghosts
Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
Timber Timbre - Creep On Creepin' On
The Weeknd - House Of Balloons
Women - Public Strain
Neil Young - Le Noise
Young Galaxy - Shapeshifting