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Watch the 2012 Polaris Prize Long List announcement

June 15th, 2012

The 2012 Polaris Prize Long List was revealed in Vancouver and forty of Canada’s best and brightest artists have been selected for the honour. CBC Radio 3 music journalist Lana Gay was at the scene to host the announcement and was flanked by Polaris alumni Dan Mangan, Hannah Georgas, Vede Hille, and journalist Francois Marchand to help call out the nominees. The best part of the Polaris Prize is that it is awarded not to the artist or band that makes the most money, is the most popular, or sticks to a particular genre but the prize is awarded to the the musician with the most artistic integrity. Past winners of the prize include Arcade Fire, Caribou, and Patrick Watson. You also may recognize Damien Abraham of Fucked Up, past winner of the prize in 2009 and host of The Wedge.

Who are your picks for this year’s Polaris Prize? Sound off in the comments section below.

The complete 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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