At the Waldorf Hotel in Vancouver, BC, the Polaris Prize long list was announced.

The year that they take into account is from June 1st, 2011 to May 31st, 2012 and it's full of every artist and genre to come out of Canada that you can shake a musical stick at.

The full list of nominees can be seen below and the shortlist will be announced on July 17th, so stay tuned to the 405 for that list as well. It's personal opinion but my instincts tell me it'll come down to Grimes' Visions or Fucked Up's David Comes To Life but we'll see!

Polaris Prize Long List Nominees:

  • A Tribe Called Red - A Tribe Called Red
  • Marie-Pierre Arthur - Aux Alentours
  • Rich Aucoin - We're All Dying To Live
  • Avec Pas De Casque - Astronomie
  • Azari & III - Azari & III
  • Bahamas - Bar Chords
  • 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 Brothers - Firecracker/Cloudglow
  • Coeur de Pirate - Blonde
  • Drake - Take Care
  • Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
  • Cold Specks - I Predict A Graceful Expulsion
  • Rose Cousins - We Have Made A Spark
  • Mark Davis - Eliminate The Toxins
  • 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
  • Mayors Of Thrace - The Pilgrimage
  • Arriane Moffat - MA
  • Lindi Ortega - Little Red Boots
  • Parlovr - Kooksoul
  • 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 Back Yard
  • Bry Webb - Provider
  • The Weeknd - Echoes of Silence
  • Yamantaka // Sonic Titan - YT//ST
  • Yukon Blonde - Tiger Talk