Good luck to all the nominees, but I hope that Gord wins – one way or another.

Gord Downie, Tragically Hip both make cut as Polaris Prize long list revealed

The Polaris Prize announced its long list Tuesday of 40 early contenders for this year’s prize for top Canadian album of the past year. They are:

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

The jury will confer over the upcoming weeks and the short list of 10 albums will be revealed on July 13, one month from the long list’s announcement. The winner of the top prize of $50,000 will be announced on Sept. 18.

The Polaris, which began in 2006, has in the past given the top honour to Arcade Fire, Feist, Buffy Ste. Marie and others.