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The 2017 Longer List Is Here

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There’s a lot of good music being made in Canada.

We intimately understand this truth because we watch as our individual Polaris jurors unearth musical gems throughout the year and recommends these records to their fellow members.

Our cross-country cast of jurors then submits ballots based on these album recommendations to create our 40 album Long List each June before whittling that down to a 10 album Short List each July. Those 10 records are what the 11-member Grand Jury debates at the Polaris Gala (being held this year Sept. 18 at The Carlu in Toronto) to determine the year’s Polaris Music Prize winning album.

Each year we have absolute confidence that our winning album, as well as those on the Short and Long Lists, are records of deep artistic merit.

But in the Polaris universe we also consider the whole conversation — what people loved, what they didn’t love, what should have made the list, what shouldn’t have — to be incredibly valuable. As such, we’ve decided once again to give devoted musical searchers the chance to dig even deeper into the records that turned on our jury this year.

We’ve compiled this Longer List.

This list of 213 titles accounts for every eligible album that was officially recommended by at least juror or received one vote in 2017.

As a bonus, we got a number of jurors to break down this Longer List for Episode 9 of the Polaris Podcast. Listen to that HERE.

The Longer List:

A Tribe Called Red — We Are The Halluci Nation

Lydia Ainsworth — Darling Of The Afterglow

Alaclair Ensemble — Les Frères Cueilleurs

Anciients — Voice of the Void

Arkells — Morning Report

Jay Arner — II

Auroch — Mute Books

Austra — Future Politics

Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche — Pas pire pop, I Love You So Much

Avec pas d’casque — Effets spéciaux

Philippe B — La grande nuit video

BADBADNOTGOOD — IV

Begonia — Lady In Mind

Daniel Bélanger — Paloma

Beyries — Landing

Black Atlass — Haunted Paradise

Black Sails For Red Seas — Wave: II EP

Blood and Glass — Punk Shadows

Blue Rodeo — 1000 Arms

Booji Boys — Booji Boys

Broomsticks and Hammers — Mirror Box

Jane Bunnett & Maqueque — Oddara

Louise Burns — Young Mopes

Calcedon — Echo In

Canailles — Backflips

Brendan Canning — Home Wrecking Years

Career Suicide — Machine Response

Castle If — Plant Material

Cellarghost — In The Whiteout

Chocolat — Rencontrer Looloo

Cinderland — High Plains

Clairmont The Second — Quest For Milk And Honey

Leonard Cohen — You Want it Darker

CO/NTRY — Cell Phone 1

La Conversion des Sauvages — La conversion des sauvages

Corridor — Supermercado

Antoine Corriveau — Cette chose qui cognait au creux de sa poitrine sans vouloir s’arrêter

The Cosmic Range — New Latitudes

Le Couleur — P.O.P.

Counterfeit Jeans — Counterfeit Jeans

The Courtneys — II

Rose Cousins — Natural Conclusion

CRi — Tell Her

Amelia Curran — Watershed

Dance Movie — Pierce

Danko Jones — Wild Cat

Sarah Davachi — All My Circles Run

Marie Davidson — Adieux au Dancefloor

Rodney DeCroo — Old Tenement Man

Mac Demarco — This Old Dog

Diamond Mind — Heavy Metal Sunshine

DIANA — Familiar Touch

Xarah Dion — Fugitive

The Dirty Nil — Minimum R&B

DJ Format & Abdominal — Still Hungry

DJ Shub — PowWowStep

Do Make Say Think — Stubborn Persistent Illusions

Gord Downie — Secret Path

Andrew Downing — Otterville

Drake — More Life

Duotang — New Occupation

Fred Eaglesmith — Standard

Egyptrixx — Pure, Beyond Reproach

Elephant Stone — Ship Of Fools

Emay — Ilah

EONS — Long Walks

Fast Romantics — American Love

Feist — Pleasure

Figure Walking — The Big Other

Fiver — Audible Songs From Rockwood

FOONYAP — Palimpsest

Fresh Snow — ONE

Nelly Furtado — The Ride

Future PEERS — Future PEERS

Gentle Party — Jouska

Geoffroy — Coastline

Hannah Georgas — For Evelyn

Louis-Philippe Gingras — Troisième rangée

Jenn Grant — Paradise

Groenland — A Wider Space

Jacques Greene — Feel Infinite

Harrison — Checkpoint Titanium

Sinjin Hawke — First Opus

Her Harbour — Go Gently Into the Night

Heaven’s Cry — Outcast

Hidden Cameras — Home on Native Land

Homeshake — Fresh Air

Hooded Fang — Dynasty House

Ingrid & Christine Jensen with Ben Monder — Infinitude

inland island — Zsa Zsa’s Window Opens Slowly

Ion Dissonance — Cast The First Stone

Jahkoy — Foreign Water

Japandroids — Near to the Wild Heart of Life

The Jerry Cans — Inuusiq

Carly Rae Jepsen — E.MO.TION Side B

Les Jeunes d’Asteure — paradis, possiblement

BA Johnston — Gremlins III

July Talk — Touch

Keita Juma — Friendly Reminders

Aleem Khan — Pinko

Aleem Khan — Urbana Champaign

Kid Koala — Music to Draw To: Satellite

Allan Kingdom — Lines

Steve Kirby’s Oceanic Jazz Orchestra — All Over The Map

KNLO — Long Jeu

Kroy — Scavenger

L CON — Moon Milk

Land of Talk — Life After Youth

Joey Landreth — Whiskey

Tory Lanez — I Told You

Gianna Lauren — Moving Parts

Richard Laviolette — Taking The Long Way Home

Lisa LeBlanc — Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?

Catherine Leduc — Un bras de distance avec le soleil

Alain Lefevre — Sas Agapo

Jerry Leger — Nonsense and Heartache

Stewart Legere — Quiet the Station

Sean Leon — I Think You’ve Gone Mad (Or the Sins of the Father)

The Lonely Parade — No Shade

Loscil — Monument Builders

Lowlands — Erie

Jesse Mac Cormack — After The Glow

Marker Starling — I’m Willing

Jon McKiel — Memorial Ten Count

Monomyth — Happy Pop Family

Jessica Moss — Pools of Light

Motherhood — Baby Teeth

Mozart’s Sister — Field of Love

Napalmpom — The Core Competencies of Napalmpom

Nav — Nav

Needles//Pins — Good Night, Tomorrow

Tami Neilson — Don’t Be Afraid

New Fries — More

The New Pornographers — Whiteout Conditions

Northern Cree — It’s A Cree Thing

Not You — Misty

Numenorean — Home

Odonis Odonis — Post Plague

Oh Susanna — A Girl In Teen City

100 Mile House — Hiraeth

Pale Red — Soft Opening

PARTYNEXTDOOR — PARTYNEXTDOOR 3

Klô Pelgag — L’Étoile thoracique

Peter Peter — Noir éden

Lou Phelps  — 001: Experiments

Lido Pimienta — La Papessa

Pkew Pkew Pkew — Pkew Pkew Pkew

Bill & Joel Plaskett — Solidarity

Preoccupations — Preoccupations

Pressa — Press Machine

The Pucumber Sasssquash Family Band — Quantaundron?

Quantum Tangle — Tiny Hands

Ralph — Ralph

Andrea Ramolo — NUDA

Allan Rayman — Roadhouse 01

Jessie Reyez — Kiddo

Alejandra Ribera — This Island

River Tiber — Indigo

Daniel Terrence Robertson — Death

Daniel Romano — Modern Pressure

Whitney Rose — South Texas Suite

Stevie Ross — Something in Wonderland

Royal Canoe — Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit

The Sadies — Northern Passages

Julien Sagot — Bleu Jane

Said The Whale — As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide

Saltland — A Common Truth

Sam Patch — Yeah You, and I

Samuele — Les filles sages vont au paradis, les autres vont où elles veulent

John K. Samson — Winter Wheat

SATE — RedBlack&Blue

Ron Sexsmith — The Last Rider

She-Devils — She-Devils

The Shiverettes — Dead Men Can’t Cat Call

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson — f(l)ight

Snowblink — Returning Current

So Loki — Baggage

Soul Mates — Snake Oil

Spruce Trap — The Wise Prefer to Perish

Colin Stetson — All This I Do For Glory

Tomi Swick — The Yukon Motel

Tanya Tagaq — Retribution

Tasha the Amazon — Die Every Day

Tasseomancy — Do Easy

Julian Taylor Band — Desert Star

Tegan and Sara — Love You to Death

Tim The Mute — Take My Life… Please!

Timber Timbre — Sincerely, Future Pollution

TOBi — FYi

Tona — The Ivy League

Devin Townsend Project — Transcendence

The Tragically Hip — Man Machine Poem

TUNS — TUNS

Twin Rains  — Automatic Hand

Valaire — Oobopopop

Vesuvio Solo — Don’t Leave Me In The Dark

Mat Vezio — Avant la mort des fleurs cueillies

Régis Victor — Dix-sept titres de la République du Civou

Leif Vollebekk — Twin Solitude

Martha Wainwright — Goodnight City

Colter Wall — Colter Wall

We Are Wolves — Wrong

Weaves — Weaves

The Weeknd — Starboy

Westminster Park — Fig. 4: Molt, Rebirth

Jenny Whiteley — The Original Jenny Whiteley

Charlotte Day Wilson — CDW

The Wooden Sky — Swimming in Strange Waters

Roy Woods — Waking At Dawn

WTCHS — She Walks, She Creeps

Yao — LAPSUS

Your Boy Tony Braxton — Adult Contempt

Zeds Dead — Northern Lights

 

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