The much anticipated Polaris Music Prize long list has just been announced, and some of Canada's best-known indie acts, as well as relative newcomers, have made the cut.
Metric, Tegan and Sara, Colin Stetson, A.C. Newman, Corb Lund, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Purity Ring, Majical Cloudz, Suuns, Whitehorse and Hayden are just a few of the 40 artists whose albums are on the 2013 long list, which was announced in Toronto Thursday morning, June 13.
To see the full list, click "open gallery" above. Listen to the nominees in the playlist below.
2013 Polaris Music Prize long list playlist.
Now in its eighth year, the Polaris Music Prize is awarded to the best Canadian album each year — regardless of genre, label or sales — and comes with a $30,000 cash prize. Winners are decided by industry pros including music journalists, authors, broadcasters and bloggers.
Past winners of the tastemaker prize have included Feist, Arcade Fire, Karkwa, F--ked Up, Caribou, Patrick Watson and Final Fantasy.
This year's Polaris short list will be announced July 16. The winner will be revealed at a gala on Sept. 23.
CBC News: Polaris long list taps Corb Lund, Tegan and Sarah
Jennifer Van Evra
on Jun 13, 2013