The 2023 Polaris Music Prize Long List Is Here
The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music, has revealed its 40 album Long List.
This year’s Long List is presented by Canada Council for the Arts.
The 2023 Polaris Music Prize Long List is:
ALL HANDS_MAKE LIGHT – Darling The Dawn
Alvvays – Blue Rev
Aquakultre – Don’t Trip
Aysanabee – Watin
Badge Époque Ensemble – Clouds Of Joy
Begonia – Powder Blue
Bibi Club – Le soleil et la mer
BIG|BRAVE – nature morte
Philippe Brach – Les gens qu’on aime
Mariel Buckley – Everywhere I Used To Be
Daniel Caesar – Never Enough
Chiiild – Better Luck In The Next Life
Feist – Multitudes
Debby Friday – Good Luck
Gayance – Mascarade
Ghostkeeper – Multidimensional Culture
Home Front – Games of Power
JayWood – Slingshot
Khotin – Release Spirit
Thierry Larose – Sprint!
Murray Lightburn – Once Upon A Time In Montreal
Isabella Lovestory – Amor Hardcore
Dan Mangan – Being Somewhere
N NAO – L’eau et les rêves
Tami Neilson – Kingmaker
Eliza Niemi – Staying Mellow Blows
Nico Paulo – Nico Paulo
Planet Giza – Ready When You Are
poolblood – mole
Jessie Reyez – Yessie
The Sadies – Colder Streams
Jairus Sharif – Water & Tools
Andy Shauf – Norm
Dylan Sinclair – No Longer In The Suburbs
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – I’m Good, HBU?
Alexandra Stréliski – Néo-Romance
U.S. Girls – Bless This Mess
Witch Prophet – Gateway Experience
Yoo Doo Right – A Murmur, Boundless to the East
Zoon – Bekka Ma’iingan
In total, 221 albums were considered for the Long List by the 205 member jury this season.
“The Canada Council for the Arts is proud once again this year to present the Polaris Music Prize Long List in support of extraordinary and diverse musical talents from across Canada, coast to coast to coast,” said Carolyn Warren, Director General, Arts Granting Programs Division, Canada Council for the Arts.
This year’s Long List was revealed at Sonic Boom Record Shop in Toronto’s downtown west end with a video directed by Daniel Tal and produced by Vox Future. The Long List reveal video also premiered simultaneously on the Polaris Facebook page and YouTube channels. The public Long List reveal event also featured a special live performance from 2021 Polaris Short List nominee DijahSB. The collaboration with Sonic Boom is the first of many strategic partnerships Polaris is building with the intention of fostering community and collaboration in the Toronto arts and music scene. Stay tuned for more details to come.
The Polaris Music Prize Short List revealing the 10 finalist albums being considered for this year’s Prize will be unveiled on July 13. More details on this will be announced in the coming weeks.
The winning album will be revealed during the Polaris Gala, taking place Tuesday, September 19 at Massey Hall in Toronto. Hosting the Polaris Gala at historic 129-year-old Massey Hall, Canada’s marquee live venue, represents a wonderful opportunity to shine a huge spotlight on the Polaris nominees and the exceptional music they make. Tickets to the Polaris Gala are on sale now via the Massey Hall website.
The Polaris Music Prize awards $50,000 courtesy of Slaight Music, going to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year, judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre or record sales.
Albums eligible for 2023 Polaris Music Prize consideration must be released between May 1, 2022 and May 1, 2023. An independent jury of music media from across Canada determines the Long List and Short List. Eleven people from the larger jury pool are then chosen to serve on the Grand Jury. This Grand Jury convenes at the Polaris Gala to select the Polaris Music Prize winner.
The past winners are Pierre Kwenders (2022), Cadence Weapon (2021), Backxwash (2020), Haviah Mighty (2019), Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).
We acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.