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Polaris Music Prize Names 2012 Long List: Grimes, Cadence Weapon, Japandroids and More  

Polaris Music Prize Names 2012 Long List: Grimes, Cadence Weapon, Japandroids and More

By: Spacelab Research Staff
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June 14, 2012

The Polaris Music Prize announced their long list for 2012 today, with names you might expect (Drake, Feist, Handsome Furs, Japandroids) and some new names like Grimes, Cadence Weapon and Yukon Blonde.

So here's the story for the Polaris Music Prize as it will play out for the rest of the year. It starts today with the announcement of the long list, then 200+ writers, editors, producers and media people will form the jury pool to make their 5 picks from the long list. From there, the votes will be counted, worked into the Polaris Prize Short List, and will be announced on July 17 in Toronto. After that, it's all about the Polaris Gala in Toronto on September 24 where they'll announce the Polaris Music Prize winner, who gets a giant check for $30,000

"The year's list deliciously illustrates the burgeoning sense of community in our jury. Almost half of the selections on this list were the direct result of passionate recommendations made by individual members to their peers. We hope the ultimate result of this dialogue will likewise inform the taste of adventurous music lovers from Canada and the world," said Polaris Founder and Executive Director Steve Jordan.

Other Polaris Music Prize winners include Arcade Fire (2011) Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009) Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy (2006).

The winner receives $30,000 (Cash-money!), judged solely on artistic merit, without regard to genre or record sales. The Polaris Music Prize is awarded to the best full-length Canadian album released from June 1, 2011 to May 31, 2012. They raised the amount of the Polaris Prize last year from $20,000 to $30,000.


Polaris Music Prize 2012 Long List

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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