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Two local acts have made it on the Polaris Music Prize long list.
Albums by indie-rock group the Cannon Bros. and Weakerthans frontman John K. Samson are in the running for the $30,000 prize awarded to the best Canadian album of the year as determined by a jury of more than 200 music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers. The award is based solely on artistic merit without regard to sales, label affiliation or genre. All albums must have been released between June 1, 2011, and May 31, 2012, to be considered for the list.
A total of 40 albums are part of the long list, which will be whittled down to a final short list of 10 by July 17. The winner will be announced in Toronto on Sept. 24.
The Cannon Bros.’ debut Firecracker/Cloudglow and the debut solo album, Provincial, by Samson are in the running against albums by rapper Drake, veteran poet Leonard Cohen, indie songstress Feist, roots rockers Black and the Rodeo Kings, singer-songwriter Dan Mangan and female metal duo Mares of Thrace.
Arcade Fire won last year’s prize for its Grammy Award-winning third album The Suburbs, while other past winners include Final Fantasy, Karkwa, Caribou, Patrick Watson and F---ed Up. Both Watson and F---ed Up are on this year’s long list.
Here’s the complete list in alphabetical order:
A Tribe Called Red – A Tribe Called Red
Marie-Pierre Arthur – Aux alentours
Rich Aucoin – We’re All Dying to Live
Avec pas d’casque – Astronomie
Azari & III – Azari & III
Bahamas – Barchords
The Barr Brothers – The Barr Brothers
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings – Kings and Queens
Cadence Weapon – Hope in Dirt City
Kathryn Calder – Bright and Vivid
Cannon Bros. – Firecracker/Cloudglow
Coeur de pirate – Blonde
Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas
Cold Specks – I Predict a Graceful Expulsion
Rose Cousins – We Have Made a Spark
Mark Davis – Eliminate the Toxins
Drake – Take Care
Kathleen Edwards – Voyageur
Feist – Metals
F---ed Up – David Comes To Life
Great Lake Swimmers – New Wild Everywhere
Grimes – Visions
Handsome Furs – Sound Kapital
Japandroids – Celebration Rock
Dan Mangan – Oh Fortune
Mares of Thrace – The Pilgrimage
Ariane Moffatt – MA
Lindi Ortega – Little Red Boots
Parlovr – Kook Soul
Sandro Perri – Impossible Spaces
Joel Plaskett Emergency – Scrappy Happiness
PS I Love You – Death Dreams
John K. Samson – Provincial
Shooting Guns – Born to Deal in Magic: 1952-1976
The Slakadeliqs – The Other Side of Tomorrow
Patrick Watson – Adventures in Your Own Backyard
Bry Webb – Provider
The Weeknd – Echoes of Silence
Yamantaka//Sonic Titan – YT//ST
Yukon Blonde – Tiger Talk