The Polaris Music Prize today announced their long list of nominees for the 2013 award, including Tegan and Sara's Heartthrob, Purity Ring's Shrines and Metric's Synthetica. Godspeed You! Black Emperor's Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!, the Besnard Lakes' Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO and New Pornographers leader AC Newman's solo album Shut Down the Streets are also among the 40 artists nominated for the prestigious Canadian prize.
"This year's long list is all over the map, but in the best possible way," Steve Jordan, Polaris founder and executive director, said in a statement.
Every year, the Polaris Prize honors the Canadian Album of the Year by giving the winning artist a $30,000 award. The decision is made by a panel of 200 journalists who focus solely on merit; sales and genre are not taken into consideration.
"A lot of our jury expressed that this was the most difficult Polaris ballot they've ever submitted. The results of this careful and passionate deliberation will make for some truly engaging listening for music lovers," said Jordan.
The short list will be announced on July 16th in Toronto and the Polaris Gala will be held on September 23rd. For the full list of 2013 Polaris Awards nominees, visit the official website.