Polaris Music has released its “Long List”—the 40 musical artists who are considered for the 2021 Polaris Music Prize

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      The Polaris Music Prize has announced this year’s Long List. 

      Presented by Canada Council for the Arts, a panel of 199 judges (made up of music journalists, broadcasters, and bloggers from across Canada) have decided who has made the next round for deliberation in search for the Polaris Music Prize Winner. The list has been narrowed down from 204 contenders to 40. 

      These 40 albums will then be cut down to 10 in the next round of judging known as the Short List. Albums in this group will be announced in July in a two-hour special on CBC Music. A few weeks of deliberation after the Short List is released, the first place Polaris Music Prize winner will be announced. The album which takes the number-one spot will receive $50,000 and the title of Canadian Album of the Year. The runner-ups (the nine other artists on the Short List) will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music. 

      “In these challenging times, art, now more than ever, has a vital role to play in our collective healing and recovery,” said Carolyn Warren, director general of the Arts Granting Programs Division of the Canada Council for the Arts in a press release for the list. “The power of art endures, and music is an essential need. The Canada Council for the Arts is proud to associate itself with the Polaris Prize in presenting innovative and creative musical works that celebrate the soundtrack of this current moment.” 

      Last year’s winner was Montreal-based rapper Backxwash. Other notable winners have included Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), and Caribou (2008). 

      There are only two artists with British Columbia roots who’ve made this year’s list, anti-establishment rocker Art Bergmann and experimental-electronic musician Yu Su. 

      The full 2021 Polaris Music Prize Long List is:

      Art Bergmann - Late Stage Empire Dementia

      Bernice - Eau De Bonjourno

      The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes Are The Last of the Great Thunderstorm Warnings

      Leanne Betasamosake Simpson - Theory of Ice

      BIG|BRAVE – Vital

      Cadence Weapon - Parallel World

      Charlotte Cardin – Phoenix

      CFCF – memoryland

      Clairmont The Second - IT'S NOT HOW IT SOUNDS

      Helena Deland - Someone New

      DijahSB - Head Above The Waters

      Kathleen Edwards - Total Freedom

      Dominique Fils-Aimé - Three Little Words

      Fiver with the Atlantic School of Spontaneous Composition - Fiver with the Atlantic School of Spontaneous Composition

      Thanya Iyer – KIND

      Yves Jarvis - Sundry Rock Song Stock

      Rochelle Jordan - Play With the Changes

      LAL - Meteors Could Come Down

      Daniel Lanois - Heavy Sun

      Thierry Larose – Cantalou

      Russell Louder – Humor

      Elliot Maginot - Easy Morning

      Mustafa - When Smoke Rises

      Laura Niquay - Waska Matisiwin

      Nyssa - Girls Like Me

      The OBGMs - The Ends

      Dorothea Paas - Anything Can't Happen

      Klô Pelgag - Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs 

      Savannah Ré – Opia

      Allison Russell - Outside Child

      Julien Sagot – Sagot

      Sargeant X Comrade - Magic Radio

      Shabason, Krgovich & Harris – Philadelphia

      Yu Su - Yellow River Blue

      Julian Taylor - The Ridge

      TEKE::TEKE – Shirushi

      TOBi - ELEMENTS Vol.1

      Vagina Witchcraft - Vagina Witchcraft

      The Weather Station – Ignorance

      Zoon - Bleached Wavves