The 2022 Polaris Music Prize longlist includes albums by Montreal experimental group Chiiild, DJ-rapper-producer myst milano and Anishnaabe indie duo Ombiigizi.
The annual $50,000 award goes to an artist who has created the Canadian album of the year, a distinction determined by an independent jury made up of members of the music media.
In 2021, rapper Cadence Weapon took home the prize, which was first awarded in 2006. Four past winners appear on this year’s longlist: Backxwash (2020), Haviah Mighty (2019), Tanya Tagaq (2014) and Arcade Fire (2011).
The 197-member jury considers musical works regardless of commercial performance or musical genre — and this year, they reviewed 223 albums. A handful of those people will be chosen to join the Grand Jury that decides the final winner.
A shortlist of 10 albums will be announced on Thursday, July 14, with the winning album revealed on Sep. 19 by CBC Music. Albums released between May 1, 2021 and May 31, 2022 were eligible for this year’s prize.
See the complete 40 album long listpresented by the Canada Council for the Arts:
I Lie Here Buried with My Rings and My DressesBackxwash
AubadesJean Michel Blais
Papillon de Nuit: The Night ButterflyTanika Charles
Hope For SaleChild
I Thought of YouJulie Doiron
Get Thee to a NunneryThe Garrys
One More Saturday NightThe Halluci Nation
Joyful JoyfulJoyful Joyful
When Flowers BloomAdria Cain
Jose Louis And The Paradox Of LovePierre Kwenders
one hand on the steering wheel the other sewing a gardenAda Leah
Chiac DiscoLisa LeBlanc
PICTURA DE IPSE : Musique directeHubert Lenoir
Untourable albumMen I Trust
Stock ExchangeHaviah Mighty
hang timeCedric Noel
Sewn Back TogetherOmbiigizi
Frame of a FaunaOuri
Un homme et son pianoPetit Belliveau
THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBANDPUPS
Life AfterSnotty Nose Rez Kids
From Capelton HillStars
Dawn FMThe Weeknd
alphaCharlotte Day Wilson