Grimes, Leonard Cohen, Feist, Drake nominated for Polaris Music Prize

The award is the Canadian version of the Mercury Music Prize

Grimes, Leonard Cohen, Feist, Drake nominated for Polaris Music Prize

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Grimes, Leonard Cohen, Feist and Drake have all been nominated for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize, the Canadian equivalent of the UK's Mercury Music Prize.

Albums by The Weeknd, Azari and III and Fucked Up have also been included on the longlist. The shortlist will be announced on July 16 and the winner will be revealed at a ceremony on September 24.

Arcade Fire won the award last year, picking up the $30,000 (£19,300) prize at the ceremony in Toronto. Fucked Up, Caribou and Final Fantasy are all former winners of the Polaris Music Prize.

The Polaris Music Prize longlist is:

A Tribe Called Red - 'A Tribe Called Red'
Marie-Pierre Arthur - 'Aux alentours'
Rich Aucoin - 'We're All Dying To Live'
Avec pas d'casque – 'Astronomie'
Azari & III - 'Azari & III'
Bahamas - 'Barchords'
The Barr Brothers - 'The Barr Brothers'
Blackie And The Rodeo Kings - 'Kings And Queens'
Cadence Weapon - 'Hope In Dirt City'
Kathryn Calder - 'Bright And Vivid'
Cannon Bros. - 'Firecracker/Cloudglow'
Coeur de pirate - 'Blonde'
Leonard Cohen - 'Old Ideas'
Cold Specks - 'I Predict A Graceful Expulsion'
Rose Cousins - 'We Have Made A Spark'
Mark Davis - 'Eliminate the Toxins'
Drake - 'Take Care'
Kathleen Edwards - 'Voyageur'
Feist - 'Metals'
Fucked Up - 'David Comes to Life'
Great Lake Swimmers - 'New Wild Everywhere'
Grimes - 'Visions'
Handsome Furs - 'Sound Kapital'
Japandroids - 'Celebration Rock'
Dan Mangan - 'Oh Fortune'
Mares Of Thrace - 'The Pilgrimage'
Ariane Moffatt - 'MA'
Lindi Ortega - 'Little Red Boots'
Parlovr - 'Kook Soul'
Sandro Perri - 'Impossible Spaces'
Joel Plaskett Emergency - 'Scrappy Happiness'
PS I Love You - 'Death Dreams'
John K. Samson - 'Provincial'
Shooting Guns - 'Born To Deal In Magic 1952-1976'
The Slakadeliqs - 'The Other Side of Tomorrow'
Patrick Watson - 'Adventures In Your Own Backyard'
Bry Webb – 'Provider'
The Weeknd - 'Echoes of Silence'
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan - 'YT//ST'
Yukon Blonde - 'Tiger Talk'

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