Leonard Cohen, Gord Downie, Tragically Hip On Canada's Polaris Prize Long List

by VVN Music

The National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada have announced the long list for the 2017 Polaris Prize.

201 people were involved in choosing the forty albums that will vie for what is essentially the Canadian album of the year. The albums were chosen from an initial list of 188 entries. The jurors now have a few weeks to rank their top five out of the long list which will be used to assemble the short list which will be announced one month from today (July 13).

On September 18, the winner will be announced at the Polaris Gala as selected by an eleven-member grand jury.  The winner will receive a prize of $50,000 (Canadian dollars).

Leonard Cohen's final album, You Want It Darker, is on the list along with Gord Downie's story project, The Secret Path and his band, The Tragically Hip's Man Machine Poem.

Some of the biggest albums, internationally, are also included including Starboy by The Weeknd and More Life by Drake; however, the choices are made solely on artistic merit with no regard to sales.

The short list:
  • We Are The Halluci Nation - A Tribe Called Red
  • Les Frères Cueilleurs - Alaclair Ensemble 
  • Voice of the Void - Anciients 
  • Morning Report - Arkells 
  • La grande nuit vidéo - Philippe B 
  • IV - BADBADNOTGOOD
  • Young Mopes - Louise Burns
  • Rencontrer Looloo - Chocolat
  • Quest For Milk and Honey - Clairmont The Second 
  • You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen 
  • Cette chose qui cognait au creux de sa poitrine sans vouloir s'arrêter - Antoine Corriveau 
  • P.O.P. - Le Couleur
  • Adieux Au Dancefloor - Marie Davidson
  • This Old Dog - Mac Demarco 
  • Secret Path - Gord Downie
  • More Life - Drake 
  • Pleasure - Feist 
  • The Big Other - Figure Walking 
  • Audible Songs From Rockwood - Fiver
  • Coastline - Geoffroy
  • For Evelyn - Hannah Georgas
  • Near To The Wild Heart Of Life - Japandroids 
  • E.MO.TION Side B - Carly Rae Jepsen
  • Gremlins III - B.A. Johnston
  • Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen? - Lisa LeBlanc
  • Whiteout Conditions - The New Pornographers
  • L'Étoile thoracique - Klô Pelgag
  • Noir Éden - Peter Peter 
  • La Papessa - Lido Pimienta
  • Kiddo - Jessie Reyez 
  • Modern Pressure - Daniel Romano
  • Northern Passages - The Sadies
  • Winter Wheat - John K. Samson
  • Retribution - Tanya Tagaq
  • Man Machine Poem - The Tragically Hip
  • TUNS - TUNS
  • Twin Solitude - Leif Vollebekk 
  • Weaves - Weaves 
  • Starboy - The Weeknd
  • CDW - Charlotte Day Wilson

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