Long List Announced for Polaris Music Prize 2016

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June 16, 2016
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The long list of 40 albums has been announced for the 2016 Polaris Music Prize. Nominees range from established award-winners to brand new emerging artists. No nominated musician this year has previously won the Polaris Music Prize.

Now in its 11th year, the Prize is awarded for artistic merit to the best Canadian full-length of any genre, label or sales category, from albums released between June 1, 2015 and May 31, 2016.

The long list of 40 nominees was determined by an independent jury of Canadian broadcasters and journalists. A short list of 10 artists will next be selected in time for an announcement on Thursday, July 14.

The winner for Album of the Year will be selected by the Polaris Grand Jury, receive $50,000 and be honoured at the Polaris Music Prize Gala (held at The Carlu in Toronto on September 19, and simulcast on CBC Music and AUX.tv). The remaining nine artists will receive $3,000 each, courtesy of Slaight Music.

Among the 40 artists on the Polaris long list, the following are supported by CIMA and our members:

  • Jean-Michel BlaisII (Arts & Crafts)
  • Daniel CaesarPilgrim's Paradise (The Feldman Agency)
  • City and ColourIf I Should Go Before You (Dine Alone Records)
  • Half Moon RunSun Leads Me On (Crystal Math Music Group)
  • Basia BulatGood Advice (Secret City Records)
  • Carly Rae JepsenE.MO.TION (Feldman Agency)
  • Nap EyesThought Rock Fish Scale (TGE)
  • OperatorsBlue Wave (Last Gang Records)
  • PUPThe Dream Is Over (Royal Mountain Records)
  • Daniel RomanoMosey (SXSW)
  • Andy ShaufThe Party (Arts & Crafts)
  • The StrumbellasHope (Six Shooter Records)



For the complete long list and more information on the 2016 Polaris Music Prize, click here.

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