Toronto, ON (June 16, 2011) The Polaris Music Prize Long List was revealed by Steve Jordan, PrizeFounder and Executive Director, at a press conference held at the Drake Hotel in Toronto earlier today.

This is the sixth year of the prize, which awards $30,000 to the best Canadian album, judged solely on artistic merit, without regard to genre or record sales. The Long List consists of the top 40 full-length Canadian records released from June 1, 2010 to May 31, 2011, according to a vote by the 227 members of the Polaris Music Prize jury. The jury consists of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada. No music industry personnel with direct financial relationships with artists vote for Polaris.

“An unprecedented number of jury members agonized over paring their ballots down to five choices. In our view their careful consideration has culminated in thebest Long List in our history,” said Jordan.

Jordan also announced that the Long List is being presented by Recordings Arts Collecting Society, a division of ACTRA. “The Polaris Music Prize is an important event for Canadian recording artists and is one of the few awardswhere the winner is chosen based solely on artistic merit,” said Ferne Downey, ACTRA National President. “ACTRA RACS is thrilled to come on board to sponsor this year’s Long List and celebrate the best music our country has to offer.”

The Polaris Jury will now vote to reduce the Long List to the 10 title Short List which will be revealed July 6 at the Drake Hotel in Toronto on a live broadcast on SIRIUS Satellite Radio Canada’s channel 152 and CBC Radio 3.

The winner will be revealed Monday, September 19 at the Polaris Music Prize gala. The event will also be broadcast live on SIRIUS Satellite Radio Canada’s channel 152 and CBC Radio 3 and will be held once again at CTV’s Concert Hall studios at Toronto’s Masonic Temple. The show will also be broadcast on MuchMusic and muchmusic.com.

The 2011 Polaris Music Prize Long List:

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

About the Polaris Music Prize
The Polaris Music Prize is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours,celebrates and rewards creativity and diversity in Canadian recorded music by recognizing then marketing the albums of the highest artistic integrity, without regard to musical genre, professional affiliation, or sales history, as judged by a panel of selected music critics. For more information on the Polaris Music Prize, visit polarismusicprize.ca.

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