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
Jessie Reyez – BEFORE LOVE CAME TO KILL US
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