Leonard Cohen, Wolf Parade, Junior Boys, Many More Make Polaris Music Prize Long List

June 17, 2009  |  6:00pm
For four years now, the Polaris Music Prize has been honoring the best of Canadian indie music. It has similarly sought to honor one of the truest definitions of "indie music" out there: "creativity and diversity in Canadian recorded music...without regard to musical genre, professional affiliation or sales history."

Something else the Polaris Music Prize jury is known for is teasing both its fans and its nominees. On Monday, the 180 journalists, programmers, bloggers and broadcasters who make up the jury released the Long List. With the likes of K'NAAN, Leonard Cohen, Junior Boys and Handsome Furs having survived the first cut, it seems like competition is especially steep to make it on this year's prestigious Short List, which will be released July 7. On Sept. 21, we'll finally find out who will walk away with the $20,000 prize and join past winners Caribou, Patrick Watson and Final Fantasy.

Related links:
News: Patrick Watson Nabs Polaris Prize
Polaris Music Prize on MySpace
PolarisPrize.ca

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