The 2011 Polaris Prize Long List was announced last week, a list of forty Canadian albums collated from five-album lists submitted by the hundred-plus jurors several weeks ago. From this list, jurors vote again, and the ten-album Short List will be revealed July 6. Short list artists will receive $2,000 each, will perform at September’s prize gala, and are eligible for the grand prize of $30,000.
This year’s 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
Which ten will make the final cut? You can find out when the list is revealed live on CBC Radio 3 and SIRIUS channel 152 on July 6.
If you want to play along at home in a literal sense, I present to you: Polaris Prize Bingo! Long list artists are arranged on the four printable cards below; break out your lucky trolls and your paint dotters and make a friendly wager with your friends as to whose card will win.* I can’t offer you $2,000 – in fact, I can’t offer you anything except the smug satisfaction of victory – but what else do you have to do on a Wednesday morning?
*Note: I have absolutely no inside information on the Long List and cannot guarantee that any of these cards is a winner. Feel free to credit me as a genius and a visionary if one is, but please don’t write me angry letters if they’re all a bust.