Tegan and Sara, Metric make Polaris Music Prize long list
Twin sisters Tegan, left, and Sara Quin of the band Tegan and Sara pose together at ELLE magazine's second annual Women in Music event on Monday, April 11, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Nick Patch, The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, June 13, 2013 11:50AM EDT
MONTREAL -- Calgary pop duo Tegan and Sara, Montreal art-rockers Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Toronto new-wave band Metric are among the artists who have made the 40-album Polaris Music Prize long list.
The list of contenders was announced Thursday in Montreal.
It will be narrowed to a 10-album short list on July 16, with the winner to be announced at a performance gala Sept. 23 in Toronto.
The diverse long list features a number of artists being recognized by Polaris for the first time.
Among those newcomers are Montreal singer/songwriter Mac DeMarco, indie-R&B act Rhye (which features Toronto-raised vocalist Mike Milosh) and Winnipeg metal outfit KEN Mode.
Other acts on the list include: the Besnard Lakes, Louis-Jean Cormier, Kid Koala, Majical Cloudz and Purity Ring from Montreal; Toronto's Evening Hymns, Lindi Ortega, Hayden, Metz and Daniel Romano; and Hannah Georgas, A.C. Newman and Young Galaxy from Vancouver.
Dan Snaith, the Dundas, Ont.-reared composer who won the 2008 Polaris for Caribou's "Andorra," nabbed a long list spot for his "Jiaolong" project, recorded as Daphni.
Other prior winners of the $30,000 Polaris include Feist, Arcade Fire and Karkwa.