East coast representation on the Polaris Long List

On Thursday, the long list was announced for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize. The list of 40 will be whittled down to a short list of 10 on July 17th, with the best Canadian album of 2012 being declared on September 24th after a “secret jury Hunger Games-style argument to the death.” (That’s a direct quote from the Polaris website. I love it.)

There’s a mixed bag of artists on the list, including heavy-hitters Leonard Cohen, Drake, Feist,  and the Juno Award Winner for Alternative Album of the Year – Dan Mangan,  but the east coast has also snagged a few nominations:

Rich Aucoin – “We’re All Dying to Live”

Rose Cousins – “We Have Made a Spark”

Joel Plaskett Emergency – “Scrappy Happiness”

East coast nominees for Polaris Prize long-list

Our east coast nominees

So who do I think will make the short list? It’s tough to say. The Polaris Committee doesn’t really fuck around when it comes to picking the cream of the crop. Ideally, I’d love to see all three in the top 10, but if I had to pick one I think I’d go with Rich. “We’re All Dying to Live” features over 500 musicians, including fellow nominees Joel Plaskett and Dan Mangan, so a win for Rich would really be a win for a lot of artists. We’ll see what happens in July when we get down to 10 albums.


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