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Today marks a big milestone in the march towards deciding which Canadian band or artist wins the prestigious Polaris Music Prize for 2009, and the $20,000.00 prize money.

At exactly 11am ET/8am PT today, Executive Director and Founder Steve Jordan released the Top 40 Long List of albums, as voted on by the jury of Canadian music journalists, broadcasters, and bloggers. It is from this list that the Top 10 Shorlist will be revealed live on CBC Radio 3/Sirius 86 on Tuesday, July 7, live from the Drake Hotel in Toronto.

Today on Grant Lawrence Live - at the new time of 2pm ET / 11am PT - we'll talk with Polaris Executive Administrator Liisa Ladouceur to get her reaction to the list... and here it is:

And so here is the 2009 Polaris Music Prize Long List:

Arkells - Jackson Square

Jill Barber - Chances

Beast - Beast

Bell Orchestre - As Seen Through Windows

Bison B.C. - Quiet Earth

Bruce Peninsula - A Mountain Is A Mouth

Coeur De Pirate - Coeur De Pirate

Leonard Cohen - Live In London

D-Sisive - Let The Children Die

Elephant Stone - The Seven Seas

Elliott Brood - Mountain Meadows

Fucked Up - The Chemistry Of Common Life

Great Lake Swimmers - Lost Channels

Handsome Furs - Face Control

Tim Hecker - An Imaginary Country

Hey Rosetta! - Into Your Lungs

Japandroids - Post-Nothing

Junior Boys - Begone Dull Care

K'NAAN - Troubadour

K-OS - YES!

La patère rose - La patère rose

Land Of Talk - Some Are Lakes

Lhasa - Lhasa

Malajube - Labyrinthes

Metric - Fantasies

One Hundred Dollars - Forest Of Tears

Pink Mountaintops - Outside Love

Joel Plaskett - Three

Snailhouse - Lies On The Prize

Charles Spearin - The Happiness Project

Rae Spoon - superioryouareinferior

The Stills - Oceans Will Rise

Think About Life - Family

Timber Timbre - Timber Timbre

Chad VanGaalen - Soft Airplane

Martha Wainwright - I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too

Patrick Watson - Wooden Arms

Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer

Women - Women

Woodpigeon - Treasury Library Canada C/W Houndstooth Europa

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Colin Medley
#1 posted by
Colin Medley
on Jun 15, 2009
WOOOO! Timber Timbre!
Colin Medley
#2 posted by
Colin Medley
on Jun 15, 2009
Okay, who the hell voted for Beast? Ben Rayner, I'm looking at you. What an embarrasement.
alex.werenka
#3 posted by
alex.werenka
on Jun 15, 2009
The list looks AWESOME... but where's Mother Mother?

:(
alama4
#4 posted by
alama4
on Jun 15, 2009
What about The Waking Eyes "Holding On To Whatever It Is"?? That oversight is rather dissapointing...

Other than that - Arkells for the win!
Colin Medley
#5 posted by
Colin Medley
on Jun 15, 2009
Alright, my top 10 as of right now:

Handsome Furs - Face Control
Think About Life - Family
Bell Orchestre - As Seen Through Windows
Timber Timbre - Timber Timbre
Chad VanGaalen - Soft Airplane
Snailhouse - Lies On The Prize
Fucked Up - The Chemistry Of Common Life
One Hundred Dollars - Forest Of Tears
Bruce Peninsula - A Mountain Is A Mouth
Land Of Talk - Some Are Lakes

Granted, there are quite a few albums on the list that I haven't heard. I'm looking forward to getting acquainted with more of them.

Too bad Attack in Black didn't make the list.
jsnmcd
#6 posted by
jsnmcd
on Jun 15, 2009
Uh, where is Drake?
pwats
#7 posted by
pwats
on Jun 15, 2009
Enter Comment Here:
suckingalemon
#8 posted by
suckingalemon
on Jun 15, 2009
raw deal for Reg.

calling this right now.

colin - i like your list.
Grant Lawrence
#9 posted by
Grant Lawrence
on Jun 15, 2009
artists made it and didn't make it... very surprised NOT to see Mother Mother, AC Newman, Sebastien Grainger!!!
cbe
#10 posted by
cbe
on Jun 15, 2009
WTF...

Love him, but come on....
pwats
#11 posted by
pwats
on Jun 15, 2009
Some excellent albums on that list! A few safe bets, some from out of left field. I'm glad to see Snailhouse made it.
LucasDR
#12 posted by
LucasDR
on Jun 15, 2009
Two of my favourite albums of the year, completely omitted from the list.

Jenn Grant - Echos and Hey Ocean! - It's easier to be Somebody Else
herohill
#13 posted by
herohill
on Jun 15, 2009
Some big surprises, but I wish DDW made it. Super excited that D-Sisive did though.
Colin Medley
#14 posted by
Colin Medley
on Jun 15, 2009
Oof, you're right about Gentleman Reg.
pwats
#15 posted by
pwats
on Jun 15, 2009
My vote is Chad VanGaalen all the way. Can they do it though? ANOTHER single white male?
Colin Medley
#16 posted by
Colin Medley
on Jun 15, 2009
I think if you looked at the members of these bands and looked at where they were born and grew up, you'd find that there are people from all across Canada, scattered in little towns and big cities and everywhere in between. A lot of people move to big cities because that's usually where the biggest creative communities are. I live in Toronto now but I sure as hell grew up an hour away in Oshawa, and I have plenty of friends with similar stories, except they're from Hamilton or London or Sudbury or wherever. You know?
flipzoso
#17 posted by
flipzoso
on Jun 15, 2009
whoohoo, going all the way
flipzoso
#18 posted by
flipzoso
on Jun 15, 2009
whoohoo, going all the way
pwats
#19 posted by
pwats
on Jun 15, 2009
Pickering for me, baby!
kn0ttyn3rb
#20 posted by
kn0ttyn3rb
on Jun 15, 2009
kirkofdoom
#21 posted by
kirkofdoom
on Jun 15, 2009
A.C. Newman - Get Guilty
The Awkward Stage - Slimming Mirrors, Flattering Lights
Brendan Canning - Something for All of Us...
The Dears - Missiles
Matt Mays + El Torpedo - Terminal Romance

I'm sad that none of those got the nod.
hurdy gurdy man
#22 posted by
hurdy gurdy man
on Jun 15, 2009
Missing is Brendan Canning for sure! Happy to NOT see Mother Mother, that band is extremely overrated!
Go Japandroids and Snailhouse!!!
dood
#23 posted by
dood
on Jun 15, 2009
hmmm I agree Chad V. should win and probably will. I am surprised though that Shout out out out out or Brendan Canning didn't at least make the long list... crazy
Colin Medley
#24 posted by
Colin Medley
on Jun 15, 2009
Alright, I'm calling it now. Fucked Up are winning this thing. Well, unless the jury is a bunch of uptight twats.
Saint Peter
#25 posted by
Saint Peter
on Jun 15, 2009
I agree that Mother Mother seems like the most obvious oversight ... I would have expected to see them in the top 10, let alone the long list! And while Leonard Cohen is a freakin' genius, couldn't he have been left off the list to make room for someone who perhaps needs the recognition (and the 20 grand) more than he does?

That said, listening to this long list on shuffle would still make for a pretty awesome day.
gollamalloo
#26 posted by
gollamalloo
on Jun 15, 2009
Stories of Brothers - Tales of Lovers is an awesome CD. It's not that anyone else on the list didn't deserve to be there. I'm just rooting for the Canuck nouveau-prog revolution.
mattyjames2001
#27 posted by
mattyjames2001
on Jun 15, 2009
for the win. Colin is so right. By far the best album I've heard this year from a Canadian artist. Even my girlfriend likes it, and she definitely ain't no hardcore fan.

But I'm glad Mother Mother didn't make it. Seem very overrated, to me anyways.... no offence

I'm still choked theres no Attack in Black or The Deep Dark Woods. Glaring omissions to anyone who's actually spent the time to listen to them. Not catchy, but very very solid musically with tight harmonies.
Justin Beach
#28 posted by
Justin Beach
on Jun 15, 2009
It just goes to show how strong Canada's music scene is I think.

The list people came up with at NxEW includes alot of things that Polaris didn't, and Polaris includes alot of things that NxEW didn't.

http://www.nxew.ca/2009/06/polaris-long-list-real-one.html

For the NxEW list, there were alot of things that I wanted to include but was hoping someone else would nominate (I didn't want to just make a long list of my own picks or there would be another 30 or so on our list.)

But even with almost 100 albums listed between the two there are probably another 40-50 really good albums from last year that I could name.

It's a good country (musically speaking) and all of this completely reaffirms the value of R3's 100% Canadian decision.
mattyjames2001
#29 posted by
mattyjames2001
on Jun 15, 2009
I really really really really like your list. Add Fucked Up in there and you have my official seal of approval.
Massassauga
#30 posted by
Massassauga
on Jun 15, 2009
Seriously, how many times do we have to make the best friggen' record in the country and reign hard on the charts for people to stop dancing to our music long enough for them to tell the Polaris folks to nominate us? Goddamn...Chad Van G better win this one or there is NO justice in the world....

Love, Andrew Scott
Justin Beach
#31 posted by
Justin Beach
on Jun 15, 2009
Cool, done. I just went through and added all the stuff that Polaris included and we didn't so - it'll be as democratic as possible.

http://www.nxew.ca/2009/06/who-should-win-2009-polaris-music-prize.html

Some of it I don't think will survive the first round of voting at NxEW (some of the polaris nods were things people did remember but didn't nominate.)
But - it is a really kick ass list now.
MackenzieC
#32 posted by
MackenzieC
on Jun 15, 2009
Let's trade Mother Mother for Joel Plaskett.
Saint Peter
#33 posted by
Saint Peter
on Jun 15, 2009
"It just goes to show how strong Canada's music scene is I think."

I couldn't agree more. Regardless of specific artists that should or shouldn't have made the list, the list as a whole is a fantastic selection of music that makes me proud to be Canadian. This country has a music scene that's easily as solid and creative as any other country on the planet.
mattyjames2001
#34 posted by
mattyjames2001
on Jun 15, 2009
Never. Ever. In a million years.
mattyjames2001
#35 posted by
mattyjames2001
on Jun 15, 2009
let's trade it for metric. haha
tb3
#36 posted by
tb3
on Jun 15, 2009
Sorry, but I am going to have to take mattyjames2001 side on this one.

That's not even a fair trade.

I would say that Leo Cohen, as much as that recording is FANTASTIC and his tour was too, features how much new content? So, I'd trade him for your Mother Mother.
rdickie
#37 posted by
rdickie
on Jun 15, 2009
I like your guys' thinking :-)

How the hell did mother mother not make the list!?!?
mattyjames2001
#38 posted by
mattyjames2001
on Jun 15, 2009
I feel the same way about Leo, really cool he's on there... but it should be there has to be someone more 'deserving'.

I'm so rattled about AiB this morning, I had them in the running for the win. I think it's painfully obvious nobody listened to it. I even have a version of Baby Eagle doing the songs, and they're still that kick ass. Fact: if another artist can make your great songs still sound great, it's a damn good original.
craigbear
#39 posted by
craigbear
on Jun 15, 2009
In addition to the names that other people have already mentioned, I'm surprised that Julie Doiron didn't make the cut.

But yeah, I agree with Saint Peter's point -- the fact that after a list of 40 albums, we can still bring up so many other names and debate whether or not They Wuz Robbed! really just goes to prove how much great Canadian music is being made.
KFresh
#40 posted by
KFresh
on Jun 15, 2009
I agree that Mother Mother's O My Heart should be on there.

Also, Jenn Grant and Emma Lee.

But hey, I understand it's tough to choose.
mattyjames2001
#41 posted by
mattyjames2001
on Jun 15, 2009
I'm indifferent. I don't really like them.

they were jamming at my buddies studio, and he's like "do you like mother mother? because they're here" and we both went "meh"

I've heard all the songs they play on R3... and I find his voice annoying, and the musicianship awkard. Maybe (probably) I'm wrong?
Moses
#42 posted by
Moses
on Jun 15, 2009
The top 10 will be:
Fucked Up
Bruce Peninsula
Patrick Watson
The Arkells
Beast
Rae Spoon
Metric
K'naan
Hey Rosetta
Coeur De Pirate

Of those 10, the 3 that the judges will argue about in September is Coeur De Pirate, Hey Rosetta and Rae Spoon. Ultimately Hey Rosetta will win.
jojodillon
#43 posted by
jojodillon
on Jun 15, 2009
Must be going by an alias. Can someone help me out??? Why does Polaris hate Nick Thorburn? Caribou put out a nice album last year, but Arm's way was a notch above. Moody Motorcycle was another masterpiece for Nick...and Jim!
suckamc
#44 posted by
suckamc
on Jun 15, 2009
I'm a lot more in line with your thinking about the list. But that's just my taste in music, I can only hope the judges have a similar taste.

Martin
mattyjames2001
#45 posted by
mattyjames2001
on Jun 15, 2009
I like colin's list much better. haha sorry!
rdickie
#46 posted by
rdickie
on Jun 15, 2009
is it possible for a rock group to ever win?
doug the canuck
#47 posted by
doug the canuck
on Jun 15, 2009
I have to agree! I picked Human Highway for the win...but sadly, they didnt even make the long list. So many great choices tho!!!
cheers
doug the canuck
canad ian
#48 posted by
canad ian
on Jun 15, 2009
First Challengers fails to make the short list and now this!

Tonnes of good artists though, the committee clearly did their homework!
mattyjames2001
#49 posted by
mattyjames2001
on Jun 15, 2009
Seems that way doesnt it??

Regardless, my top five picks out of that list, in order:

1. Fucked Up
2. Chad Van
3. Joel Plaskett
4. K'Naan
5. Japandroids

I had to bump Japandroids up (whom I didn't expect to make the top 40) to replace the huge holes filled by the loss of Attack in Black and the Deep Dark Woods. I originally had them at 4&5 respectively.
jojodillon
#50 posted by
jojodillon
on Jun 15, 2009
I thought Do I Do deserved to make the long list, but who do you bump. I'd like to see Wolf Parade take home the prize, but unfortunately the bands popularity might work against them here, just my opinion.
dwvrts
#51 posted by
dwvrts
on Jun 25, 2009
some of these nominations seem to be more about recognizing the artist, rather than the albums themselves. which i don't think is right. definitely a tough break for some great new artists in canada.

oh well.. no matter who wins (cause it's anyone's guess who will) the one thing most people will agree with this year is that mother mother not even making the top 40 is weird.

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