Drake and Bieber make it to the Polaris Prize long list
The Polaris Prize long list is out and it features some massive names in Canadian music. Along with popular west coasters like Grimes and Carly Rae Jepsen, the nominees (somewhat unpredictably) include hometown heroes Drake and The Weeknd as well as Justin Bieber, who's kind of associated with Toronto (whether you like it or not).
Local bands and artists such as City and Colour, Dilly Dally, Peaches, Jazz Cartier, The Strumbellas, Majid Jordan, PUP and Daniel Caesar also made the cut.
Polaris will announce its short list on July 14 before revealing its 2016 winner at a gala on September 19. The winner will receive a $50,000 prize, while the nine other short-listed artists will get $3,000.
A 192-member jury helped select the 40 nominees. Here's the full long list.
Are you surprised by anyone who made or missed the cut? Let us know in the comments.
Photo by Jesse Milns from the Polaris 2016 gala.
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