Drake, The Weeknd, Leonard Cohen Make 2017 Polaris Music Prize Long List

CBC Music announced the Long List for the 2017 Polaris Music Prize for the best album by a Canadian artist on Tuesday.

The Long List features albums by Drake, The Weeknd, Carly Rae Jepsen, A Tribe Called Red, The Tragically Hip, the late Leonard Cohen and many more.

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Each Year, The Polaris Music Prize, chosen by a panel of jurors, rewards the best in Canadian music with an award of $50,000 to the winner and $3,000 to each of the other artists who make the eventual Short List.

Today’s Long List was announced by past Polaris nominees Kathleen Edwards and Rolf Klausener, along with jurors Lana Gay and Erik Leijon.

The 10 albums that make it through to the Short List will be announced on July 13, live on CBC Music’sFacebook page, and the final winner will be announced at the Polaris Gala on Sept. 18 in Toronto, livestreamed at CBCMusic.ca.

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The Long List represents a significant cross-section of Canadian musical talent, featuring albums released during the 2017 eligibility period, from June 1, 2016, to May 31, 2017. The jury is made up of music broadcasters, journalists and bloggers from around Canada to determine both the Long and Short List, with a smaller pool of 11 jurors choosing the Canadian Album of the Year at the Polaris Gala.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

A Tribe Called Red – We Are The Halluci Nation

Alaclair Ensemble – Les Frères Cueilleurs

Anciients – Voice of the Void

Arkells – Morning Report

Philippe B – La grande nuit vidéo


Louise Burns – Young Mopes

Chocolat – Rencontrer Looloo

Clairmont The Second – Quest For Milk and Honey

Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker

Antoine Corriveau – Cette chose qui cognait au creux de sa poitrine sans vouloir s’arrêter

Le Couleur – P.O.P.

Marie Davidson – Adieux Au Dancefloor

Mac Demarco – This Old Dog

Gord Downie – Secret Path

Drake – More Life

Feist – Pleasure

Figure Walking – The Big Other

Fiver – Audible Songs From Rockwood

Geoffroy – Coastline

Hannah Georgas – For Evelyn

Japandroids – Near To The Wild Heart Of Life

Carly Rae Jepsen – E.MO.TION Side B

B.A. Johnston – Gremlins III

Lisa LeBlanc – Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?

The New Pornographers – Whiteout Conditions

Klô Pelgag – L’Étoile thoracique

Peter Peter – Noir Éden

Lido Pimienta – La Papessa

Jessie Reyez – Kiddo

Daniel Romano – Modern Pressure

The Sadies – Northern Passages

John K. Samson – Winter Wheat

Tanya Tagaq – Retribution

The Tragically Hip – Man Machine Poem


Leif Vollebekk – Twin Solitude

Weaves – Weaves

The Weeknd – Starboy

Charlotte Day Wilson – CDW

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The Winners Of The Polaris Music Prize



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