polaris prize long list 2016

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.

  • Art Bergmann - The Apostate
  • Justin Bieber - Purpose
  • Black Mountain - IV
  • Jean-Michel Blais - II
  • Basia Bulat - Good Advice
  • Daniel Caesar - Pilgrim's Paradise
  • Tanika Charles - Soul Run
  • City and Colour - If I Should Go Before You
  • Cœur de pirate - Roses
  • Dead Obies - Gesamtkunstwerk
  • Destroyer - Poison Season
  • Dilly Dally - Sore
  • Drake - VIEWS
  • Essaie pas - Demain est une autre nuit
  • Fred Fortin - Ultramarr
  • FOXTROTT - A Taller Us
  • Grimes - Art Angels
  • Half Moon Run - Sun Leads Me On
  • Veda Hille - Love Waves
  • Jazz Cartier - Hotel Paranoia
  • Carly Rae Jepsen - E•MO•TION
  • Junior Boys - Big Black Coat
  • Kaytranada - 99.9%
  • Jessy Lanza - Oh No
  • Majid Jordan - Majid Jordan
  • Michelle McAdorey - Into Her Future
  • Nap Eyes - Thought Rock Fish Scale
  • Safia Nolin - Limoilou
  • Operators - Blue Wave
  • Peaches - Rub
  • PUP - The Dream Is Over
  • Daniel Romano - Mosey
  • Andy Shauf - The Party
  • The Strumbellas - Hope
  • Suuns - Hold/Still
  • U.S. Girls - Half Free
  • Un Blonde - Good Will Come To You
  • The Weeknd - Beauty Behind the Madness
  • White Lung - Paradise
  • Donovan Woods - Hard Settle, Ain't Troubled

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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