Arcade Fire, the Weeknds land on the long list of Polaris





Arcade Fire will perform at the Juno Awards in Toronto on Sunday, March 15, 2022. New albums from Arcade Fire, the Weeknd and Shad are among those shortlisted for this year’s Polaris Music Prize. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

TORONTO – New albums by Arcade Fire, the Weeknd and Shad are among those shortlisted for this year’s Polaris Music Prize.

The jury prize for best Canadian album of the year has been reduced to 40 contenders who will now compete for a place on the shortlist, which will be revealed on July 14.

Other artists in the running include Haisla Nation rap duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids, masked country singer Orville Peck and Toronto punk band Pup.

Previous Polaris winners Tanya Tagaq, Haviah Mighty and Backxwash each made the list with their latest projects.

The Polaris Music Prize awards $50,000 to the artist or group that created the best Canadian album of the previous year — regardless of genre or sales — chosen by a panel of journalists, broadcasters and bloggers.

Last year, the award went to hip-hop artist Cadence Weapon for “Parallel World,” his poetic reflection on race, policing and technology largely inspired by the 2020 George Floyd protests.

The long list was selected from 223 albums that made the first votes.

The winner of Polaris will be announced September 19 at a gala presentation held at the Carlu in Toronto and webcast on CBC Music. The other shortlisted nominees each receive $3,000.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 14, 2022.

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