Photograph by Jonathan Taggart

Just over a week ago,  the long list for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize, honouring the year’s best Canadian album,  was announced. The eclectic mix of artists includes former Polaris winners Owen Pallett and Caribou, as well as an array of previous Shortlisters and newcomers to the award. Having only heard about a quarter of the albums on the list, it’s hard to say if there’s a frontrunner. Like Frank Yang over at Chromewaves, I was a big fan of Reverie Sound Revue, so that snub leaves me a little cold. Forgiveness Rock Record is undoubtedly the most widely heard nominee, but as Patrick Watson’s win in 2007 proved, the Polaris jury doesn’t take popularity under consideration. That said, I’ll be pulling for Basia Bulat. Heart of My Own is a pretty good album of pretty good folk. The list of forty will be narrowed down to ten on July 6th, with the winner to be revealed September 20th. Check after the break for the full long list, and enjoy some tracks from the nominees while debating your own personal shortlist.

Dan Mangan – Robots
Basia Bulat – Heart of My Own
Owen Pallett – Lewis Takes Off His Shirt

2010 Polaris Music Prize Long List Nominees

Apollo Ghosts – Mount Benson
Bahamas – Pink Strat
The Besnard Lakes – The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night
Blue Rodeo – The Things We Left Behind
Brasstronaut – Mt. Chimaera
Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record
Basia Bulat – Heart of My Own
By Divine Right – Mutant Message
Caribou – Swim
Jason Collett – Rat A Tat Tat
Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles (II)
Amelia Curran – Hunter Hunter
Fred Fortin – Plastrer La Lune
Frog Eyes – Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph
Hannah Georgas – This Is Good
Ghostkeeper – Ghostkeeper
Holy Fuck – Latin
Karkwa – Les Chemins De Verre
LeE HARVeY OsMOND – A Quiet Evil
Greg MacPherson – Mr. Invitation
Dan Mangan – Nice, Nice, Very Nice
Misteur Valaire – Golden Bombay
The New Pornographers – Together
Owen Pallett – Heartland
Plants And Animals – La La Land
Radio Radio – Belmundo Regal
Justin Rutledge – The Early Widows
The Sadies – Darker Circles
Shad – TSOL
Elizabeth Shepherd – Heavy Falls the Night
The Slew – 100%
Meaghan Smith – The Cricket’s Orchestra
South Rakkas Crew – The Stimulus Package
Tegan And Sara – Sainthood
The Wooden Sky – If I Don’t Come Home You’ll Know I’m Gone
Hawksley Workman – Meat
You Say Party! We Say Die! – XXXX
Young Galaxy – Invisible Republic
Yukon Blonde – Yukon Blonde
Zeus – Say Us

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