Arcade Fire, Daniel Caesar, and Gord Downie have all made the 2018 Polaris Music Prize Long List, it’s been revealed.
It was announced which artists were in the running for the award, which goes to the best album by a Canadian released between June 1, 2017, and May 21, 2018, Thursday at The Drake Underground in Toronto.
225 albums were considered by the 203-member jury for the Long List selection.
2015 Polaris Music Prize winner Buffy Sainte-Marie, 2016 Long List nominee Safia Nolin, Alanna Stuart of 2018 Long-Listers Bonjay, and Toronto city councillor Josh Colle, were there to help present the nominees.
Past winners include Lido Pimienta, who bagged the honour last year, Kaytranada the year before that in 2016, and Buffy Sainte-Marie in 2015.
Tanya Tagaq was also given the award in 2014, Godspeed You! Black Emperor in 2013, Feist in 2012 and Arcade Fire in 2011.
The 10 album Short List will be announced on July 17 before the 2018 Polaris Music Prize winner is finally revealed at the Polaris Gala on Monday, September 17, at the Carlu in Toronto.
The 2018 Long List:
a l l i e – Nightshade
Alvvays – Antisocialites
Arcade Fire – Everything Now
Bahamas – Earthtones
The Barr Brothers – Queens of the Breakers
Bernice – Puff LP: In the air without a shape
Jean-Michel Blais – Dans ma main
Bonjay – Lush Life
Booji Boys – Weekend Rocker
Philippe Brach – Le silence des troupeaux
Cadence Weapon – Cadence Weapon
Daniel Caesar – Freudian
Jennifer Castle – Angels of Death
Clairmont The Second – Lil Mont from The Ave
Gord Downie – Introduce Yerself
Jeremy Dutcher – Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa
Faith Healer – Try ;-)
FRIGS – Basic Behaviour
Zaki Ibrahim – The Secret Life of Planets
Iskwe – The Fight Within
Kacy & Clayton – The Siren’s Song
Lydia Képinski – Premier Juin
Pierre Kwenders – MAKANDA at the End of Space, the Beginning of Time
Pierre Lapointe – La science du coeur
Melissa Laveaux – Radyo Siwel
Hubert Lenoir – Darlene
Terra Lightfoot – New Mistakes
Loud – Une annee record
Milk & Bone – Deception Bay
Partner – In Search Of Lost Time
Propagandhi – Victory Lap
Vivek Shraya & Queer Songbook Orchestra – Part-Time Woman
Sloan – 12
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – The Average Savage
U.S. Girls – In A Poem Unlimited
The Weather Station – The Weather Station
Weaves – Wide Open
Charlotte Day Wilson – Stone Woman
Donovan Woods – Both Ways
YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN – Dirt