Carly Rae Jepsen, Shawn Mendes & Voivod Make Polaris Music Prize Long List

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Global stars, veterans, and up-and-comers in a range of genres are all represented on the Polaris Music Prize long list this year. Albums by Voivod, Fucked Up, Jessie Reyez, Shawn Mendes and Carly Rae Jepsen are among the 40 titles up for Canada's album of the year, as determined by a jury of selected music media.

The announcement for the national prize was made today from The Forks in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and webcast live on the Polaris Music Prize's Facebook page (see the full list below).

The 199-member jury of music journalists, bloggers, broadcasters, and other approved music media, submitted their top 5 earlier this month from 233 recommended albums. From the 40, the same jurors will next select their top 5, which will be tallied to comprise the final 10-album short list, to be announced July 16.

The winner will be revealed at the Polaris gala on Sept. 16 at Toronto’s Carlu -- battled out behind closed doors the night of by an 11-member “grand jury” who debate each album’s merits and cast a series of private votes -- and will be live streamed on

The albums are judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration of genre, record sales or professional affiliation. The official eligibility period for the titles is from June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019. (Note: Albums released between May 1 and May 31, 2018 that did not make the 2018 Long List are also considered.)

The Polaris Music Prize awards $50,000 to the winner. Additionally, Slaight Music gives $3,000 to each of the other nine short-listed nominees.

Today’s announcement was made by 2015 Polaris Music Prize winner Buffy Sainte-Marie; Weakerthans guitarist Stephen Carroll, music programs manager at Manitoba Film and Music; Wab Kinew, a former CBC host, now Leader of the Manitoba New Democratic Party and Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba; and Polaris juror Ashley Bieniarz of Winnipeg Music Project.

Past short list and current long list nominee Snotty Nose Rez Kids performed.

Past winners of the Prize are: Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).

The 2019 Polaris Music Prize Long List is:

Tim Baker - Forever Overhead

Tanika Charles - The Gumption

Clairmont The Second - Do You Drive?

Charlotte Cornfield - The Shape of Your Name

Marie Davidson - Working Class Woman

Dilly Dally - Heaven

The Dirty Nil - Master Volume

Dizzy - Baby Teeth

Elisapie - The Ballad of the Runaway Girl

FET.NAT - Le Mal

Dominique Fils-Aimé - Stay Tuned!

Fucked Up - Dose Your Dreams

Yves Jarvis - The Same But By Different Means

Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated

Kaia Kater - Grenades

Kimmortal - X Marks the Swirl

La Force - La Force

LAL - Dark Beings

Laurence-Anne - Première apparition

Salomé Leclerc - Les choses extérieures

Lee Harvey Osmond - Mohawk

Jean Leloup - L'étrange pays

Shay Lia - Dangerous

Les Louanges - La nuit est une panthère

Loud - Tout ça pour ça

Shawn Mendes - Shawn Mendes

Haviah Mighty - 13th Floor

Operators - Radiant Dawn

Orville Peck - Pony

Sandro Perri - In Another Life

PUP - Morbid Stuff

Lee Reed - The Steal City EP

Jessie Reyez - Being Human In Public

Shad - A Short Story About a War

Snotty Nose Rez Kids - Trapline

Alexandra Stréliski - Inscape

sydanie - 999


Voivod - The Wake

Wintersleep - In The Land Of