Long List Released for 2015 Polaris Music Prize

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As far as being a musician from Canada goes, the Polaris Music Prize is one of the most prestigious honours one can receive. Given out for the first time in 2006, the prize recognizes the best full-length album by a Canadian musician based off of the principle of artistic merit, eliminating the consideration of other factors such as genre and album sales. Among the recipients of the award are artists/bands such as Caribou (2008), Fucked Up (2009), Arcade Fire (2011) and Fiest (2012). Today in Halifax, the long list for the 10th edition of the prize was revealed. The list features 40 album's by some of Canada's finest talent:

Absolutely Free – Absolutely Free The Acorn – Vieux Loup Lydia Ainsworth – Right from Real Alvvays – Alvvays Arkells – High Noon Rich Aucoin – Ephemeral BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah – Sour Soul Bahamas – Bahamas Is Afie The Barr Brothers – Sleeping Operator Braids – Deep In The Iris Steph Cameron – Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady Caribou – Our Love Jazz Cartier – Marauding In Paradise Jennifer Castle – Pink City Cold Specks – Neuroplasticity Louis-Jean Cormier – Les grandes artères Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late Frazey Ford – Indian Ocean Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon BA Johnston – Shit Sucks Pierre Kwenders – Le dernier empereur Bantou Lee Harvey Osmond – Beautiful Scars Jean Leloup – À Paradis City METZ – II Milk & Bone – Little Mourning Tre Mission – Stigmata The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers Joel Plaskett – The Park Avenue Sobriety Test Buffy Sainte-Marie – Power in The Blood Elizabeth Shepherd – The Signal Siskiyou – Nervous Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld – Never Were The Way She Was Various Artists – Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, And Country 1966–1985 Viet Cong – Viet Cong Patrick Watson – Love Songs For Robots The Weather Station – Loyalty White Lung – Deep Fantasy Whitehorse – Leave No Bridge Unburned Young Guv – Ripe 4 Luv

While Caribou and Patrick Watson are the only past winners to be nominated under the same name, members of bands that have previously won the award are also featured on the list (Karkwa's Louis-Jean Cormier, Arcade Fire's Sarah Neufeld and Fucked Up's Young Guv).

A significant change regarding the Polaris Music Prize this year is that the award money for the winner has been boosted from $30 000 to $50 000, while the 9 other shortlisted musicians will now recieve $3 000 as opposed to the previous amount of $2 000. The short list will be announced a month from now on July 16th.

Who do you think will take home this year's prize? Find out September 21st, when the Polaris Gala will be held at Toronto's The Carlu.