The Polaris Music Prize longlist was announced Thursday in Vancouver, and includes some no-brainers as well as a few surprises.
The award, introduced with a $20,000 prize that was eventually increased to $30,000, is given to the best Canadian album of the year, regardless of genre, sales, or record label.
This year’s list includes the usual string of indie and folk artists with a few hip-hop, pop, and even hardcore albums peppered into the list.
Most included on the list have been there before. Most notably, Toronto-based band Fucked Up took the prize for their critically acclaimed record Chemistry of Modern Life, causing some controversy among music fans and at least one other nominee that year. This year, they’re on the longlist again for David Comes to Life.
Other repeat nominees include Feist, Dan Mangan, The Weeknd, and Joel Plaskett. Among the newbies to the list are Drake, Coeur de pirate, Constantines frontman Bry Webb, and Ottawa artists Kathryn Calder and A Tribe Called Red.
The shortlist of 10 albums will be announced July 17.
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