Arcade Fire and Drake lead longlist for Canada’s Polaris Music Prize

Mac DeMarco and Chromeo also among 40 nominees up for annual award

Arcade Fire, Drake and Mac DeMarco are among the artists on the list for this year’s Polaris Music Prize.

A 40-strong longlist for the prize was announced last night (June 18) at Calgary’s National Music Centre. A shortlist of 10 albums will be announced on July 15 ahead of the prize giving ceremony on September 22.

Previous nominees Drake and Arcade Fire lead the big names on this year’s longlist with their albums ‘Nothing Was The Same’ and ‘Reflektor’ respectively.

Singer and producer Jessy Lanza is among the first time nominees for her album ‘Pull My Hair Back’ while Mac De Marco’s latest album ‘Salad Days’ is also in contention. Other artists up for the prize include Solids, Pup, Owen Pallett, Austra, Tim Hecker, Chromeo and Diana.

Albums released between June 2013 and May 2014 are eligible for the award, which carries a $30,000 prize. The overall winner will be decided by a panel of jury of journalists, broadcasters and bloggers.

The Polaris Music Prize longlist is as follows:

Arcade Fire – ‘Reflektor’
AroarA – ‘In the Pines’
Austra – ‘Olympia’
Philippe B – ‘Ornithologie, la nuit’
Basia Bulat – ‘Tall Tall Shadow’
Chromeo – ‘White Women’
Cousins – ‘The Halls of Wickwire’
Cowboy Junkies / Various – ‘The Kennedy Suite’
The Darcys – ‘Warring’
Dead Obies – ‘Montréal $ud’
Mac DeMarco – ‘Salad Days’
DIANA – ‘Perpetual Surrender’
Drake – ‘Nothing Was the Same’
Freedom Writers – ‘NOW’
Fresh Snow – ‘I’
Frog Eyes – ‘Carey’s Cold Spring’
Gorguts – ‘Colored Sands’
Tim Hecker – ‘Virgins’
Jimmy Hunt – ‘Maladie d’amour’
Jessy Lanza – ‘Pull My Hair Back’
Kalle Mattson – ‘Someday, the Moon Will Be Gold’
Moonface – ‘Julia with Blue Jeans On’
Mounties – ‘Thrash Rock Legacy’
Odonis Odonis -‘ Hard Boiled Soft Boiled’
Owen Pallett – ‘In Conflict’
Pink Mountaintops – ‘Get Back’
The Sadies – ‘Internal Sounds’
Shad – ‘Flying Colours’
Shooting Guns – ‘Brotherhood of the Ram’
Solids – ‘Blame Confusion’
Rae Spoon – ‘My Prairie Home’
The Strumbellas – ‘We Still Move on Dance Floors’
Tanya Tagaq – ‘Animism’
Thus Owls – ‘Turning Rocks’
Timber Timbre – ‘Hot Dreams’
Chad VanGaalen – ‘Shrink Dust’
Bry Webb – ‘Free Will’
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan – ‘UZU’

Previous winners of the Polaris Music Prize include Caribou (2008), Fucked Up (2009), Karkwa (2010), Arcade Fire (2011), Feist (2012) and Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013).