The Polaris Music Prize’s long list for artists has been announced, and includes Drake, Grimes, The Weeknd, Carly Rae Jepsen, Justin Bieber, Kaytranada, Destroyer, Peaches, Jessy Lanza, Junior Boys, White Lung and various others. The prize is aimed at highlighting the best album of a year from a Canadian artist, and rewards the winner with a $50,000 prize. The short list will be announced later, on July 14 before the winner is announced on September 19.
Almost 200 jurors are part of forming the lists, composed of music journalists from all over Canada. Last years award was won by Buffy Sainte-Marie for album Power In The Blood. Personally, one of my favourite contestants for the contest is Grimes’ Art Angels, check out the music video for “Flesh Without Blood” here.