The Polaris Music Prize 2020 Long List Includes The Weeknd, Jessie Reyez, Daniel Caesar


The long-list for the 2020’s Polaris Music Prize — an annual prize which celebrates the best Canadian album released in the last year, has been announced this week.

40 list of albums includes a mix of high-profile, independent and emerging artists, including The Weeknd, Jessie Reyez, UNITED states Girls, dvsn, Daniel Caesar, the Goods and Combines X. Previous Polaris winners who made the long list this year include Kaytranada, Caribou and Lido Pimienta, who have been chosen for their albums Bubba, All Of A Sudden and Miss Colombia, respectively.

To qualify for the honor this year, the books must have been published between June 1, 2019 May 31, 2020. A total of 223 albums have been considered for the 2020 long list, as determined by a 201-member jury composed of journalists from the music, broadcasters and bloggers.

The long list will eventually be culled down to a short list of 10 albums, which was announced on 15 July, during a CBC radio Musical special. Eleven members of the jury will then be selected to serve on a grand jury who will select this year’s winner.

Due to the pandemic, the 2020 Polaris winner — normally revealed during a splashy awards ceremony will be announced live on CBC Gem streaming service and via the CBC website to listen to Music during a “special cinematic event” this fall. As every year, the winner will receive 50 000 canadian dollars, while the short-listed artists will receive $3,000 cdn each, courtesy of Slaight Music.

Last year, Polaris winner, the rapper Haviah Mighty, won the prize for his album 13th Floor.

The Polaris Music Prize is considered one of the most prestigious music prize; in addition to the prize money, the winners receive a level of attention and awareness, which is highly coveted in the Canadian music industry.

The 2020 the Polaris Music Prize long list is:

Combines X – Cape God Anachnid – Dreamweaver

Aquakultre – Legacy

Marie-Pierre Arthur – lights pour see

Backxwash – God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him

Badge Of The Time, The Whole Of The Insignia Of The Era As A Whole

Begonia – The Fear

P’tit Belliveau – Greatest Hits Vol. 1

Caribou – Suddenly

Daniel Caesar – CASE STUDY 01

Chocolate – Jazz committed

Louis-Jean Cormier – When the night falls

Hallway – Junior

dvsn – A Muse In His Feelings

Jacques Greene – Dawn Chorus

Sarah Harmer – Are You Gone

Ice cream – sick and tired

Junia-T – Studio Monk

Kaytranada – Bubba

Laurentian Flora – Volume 1

Cindy Lee – What is this Night To Eternity?

Men I Trust – Uncle Of Jazz

nêhiyawak – nipiy

OBUXUM – Re-Birth

Owen Pallett – Island

Pantayo – Pantayo

Lido Pimienta – Miss Colombia

Joel Plaskett – 44

William Prince – Of Relief


Andy Shauf – The Neon Skyline

Riit – ataataga

Super Duty Tough Work – Studies in Gray

U.S. Girls – Heavy Light

Leif Vollebekk – New Ways

Goods For The Survival Of The

The Weeknd – After Hours

WHOOP-Szo – Warrior Down

Witch Prophet – the Activation of the DNA

Zen Bamboo – GLU


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