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The 2017 Polaris Music Prize Long List Is Here

Nominee Philippe B performs at the 2017 Polaris Music Prize Long List reveal at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Photo by Scott Doubt.

The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music and produced by Blue Ant Media, unveiled the 40 albums on this year’s Long List earlier today at the National Arts Centre (NAC) in Ottawa, Ontario with the support of Lixar.

The 2017 Polaris Music Prize Long List:

A Tribe Called Red – We Are The Halluci Nation
Alaclair Ensemble – Les Frères Cueilleurs
Anciients – Voice of the Void
Arkells – Morning Report
Philippe B – La grande nuit vidéo
Louise Burns – Young Mopes
Chocolat – Rencontrer Looloo
Clairmont The Second – Quest For Milk and Honey
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
Antoine Corriveau – Cette chose qui cognait au creux de sa poitrine sans vouloir s’arrêter
Le Couleur – P.O.P.
Marie Davidson – Adieux Au Dancefloor
Mac Demarco – This Old Dog
Gord Downie – Secret Path
Drake – More Life
Feist – Pleasure
Figure Walking – The Big Other
Fiver – Audible Songs From Rockwood
Geoffroy – Coastline
Hannah Georgas – For Evelyn
Japandroids – Near To The Wild Heart Of Life
Carly Rae Jepsen – E.MO.TION Side B
B.A. Johnston – Gremlins III
Lisa LeBlanc – Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?
The New Pornographers – Whiteout Conditions
Klô Pelgag – L’Étoile thoracique
Peter Peter – Noir Éden
Lido Pimienta – La Papessa
Jessie Reyez – Kiddo
Daniel Romano – Modern Pressure
The Sadies – Northern Passages
John K. Samson – Winter Wheat
Tanya Tagaq – Retribution
The Tragically Hip – Man Machine Poem
Leif Vollebekk – Twin Solitude
Weaves – Weaves
The Weeknd – Starboy
Charlotte Day Wilson – CDW

In total, 188 titles made the first ballots of the 201 member jury.

This year’s Long List features 22 returning and 18 new nominees. With their newest nominations Drake and The New Pornographers become the only acts who’ve ever been Polaris nominated on five separate occasions. These are the fourth nominations for Daniel Romano, The Weeknd and The Sadies, tying them with Basia Bulat, Joel Plaskett and Patrick Watson for that total.

Past multiple Polaris nominees, Kathleen Edwards and The Acorn’s Rolf Klausener, joined Polaris jurors Lana Gay and Erik Leijon to reveal the Long List. In addition, surprise guest, Philippe B, was on hand to perform music from his 2017 Long-Listed album, La grande nuit vidéo.

The 10 album Short List will be announced live on July 13 on CBC Music’s Facebook page. The winning album will be determined at the Polaris Gala September 18 at The Carlu in Toronto, which will be livestreamed at

The eligibility period for the 2017 Polaris Music Prize runs from June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017. An independent jury of music journalists, broadcasters and music bloggers from across Canada determines the Long List and Short List. Eleven people are selected from the larger jury pool to serve on the Grand Jury and they will convene the night of the Polaris Gala to select the 2017 Polaris Music Prize winner. The Polaris Music Prize will award $50,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year. Each of the nine other Short List artists receive $3,000 courtesy of Slaight Music.

CBC Radio 2 will feature the Polaris Music Prize Long List on Radio 2 Morning and Radio 2 Drive. Following the Long List announcement on June 13, you can tune into Radio 2 Drive with guest host Emma Godmere to catch a first listen of some of Long List nominees, beginning at 3 p.m. (3:30 NT). The next morning, host Raina Douris will present a full hour of Long List highlights on Radio 2 Morning, Wednesday, June 14, at 8 a.m. (8:30 NT). Tune in online or find your local CBC Radio 2 frequency at, and visit for more coverage.


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