Polaris 2011 Long List Unveiled

By Amrit Singh / June 16, 2011

For the sixth year running, Canada’s music industry will honor the country’s greatest album of the year (released between June 1, 2010 and May 31, 2011), based solely on artistic merit and as determined by 227 music biz insiders. The spoils: prize money (bumped up to $30K) and the esteemed company of past winners Final Fantasy (inaugural winner in 2006), Caribou (2008), and Fucked Up (2009). Today the PMP panel’s unveiled their long list, which includes Arcade Fire, the Weeknd, Austra, Black Mountain, Braids, Destroyer, Diamond Rings, Dirty Beaches, Women, Tim Hecker, and some dude Neil Young. Check the full spread:

Arcade Fire – “The Suburbs”
Austra – “Feel It Break”
Black Mountain – “Wilderness Heart”
Braids – “Native Speaker”
Buck 65 – “20 Odd Years”
Louise Burns – “Mellow Drama”
D-Sisive – “Jonestown 2: Jimmy Go Bye Bye”
The Dears – “Degeneration Street”
Destroyer – “Kaputt”
Diamond Rings – “Special Affections”
Dirty Beaches – “Badlands”
Luke Doucet and The White Falcon – “Steel City Trawler”
Eternia & MoSS – “At Last”
Galaxie – “Tigre et Diesel”
Jenn Grant – “Honeymoon Punch”
Tim Hecker – “Ravedeath, 1972″
Hey Rosetta! – “Seeds”
Hooded Fang – “Album”
Imaginary Cities – “Temporary Resident”
Land Of Talk – “Cloak and Cipher”
Little Scream – “The Golden Record”
The Luyas – “Too Beautiful to Work”
Malajube – “La Caverne”
Miracle Fortress – “Was I The Wave?”
One Hundred Dollars – “Songs of Man”
Doug Paisley – “Constant Companion”
PS I Love You – “Meet Me at the Muster Station”
Daniel Romano – “Sleep Beneath the Willow”
The Rural Alberta Advantage – “Departing”
Ron Sexsmith – “Long Player Late Bloomer”
Shotgun Jimmie – “Transistor Sister”
Sloan – “The Double Cross”
Frederick Squire – “March 12″
Stars – “The Five Ghosts”
Colin Stetson – “New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges”
Timber Timbre – “Creep On Creepin’ On”
The Weeknd – “House of Balloons”
Women – “Public Strain”
Neil Young – “Le Noise”
Young Galaxy – “Shapeshifting”

On July 6th that gets pared to a shortlist, of which each named artist will receive $2K, and on September 19th the big winner will get their due.

(via Billboard)