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Yet another award for ArcadeFire's 'The Suburbs"?

Coming as no great shock Arcade Fire have won the $30,000 prize. They are the sixth act to win the prize following Karkwa, Fucked Up, Caribou, Patrick Watson and Final Fantasy

Arcade Fire have swept through multiple awards and categories at the Grammys, the Brits, the Junos and the NME Awards arleady this year and now they’re closing in on another award with a place on the 2011 Polaris Music Prize’s long list.

The Awards are Canada’s equivalent to the Australian Music Prize and the UK’s Mercury Prize.

Forty albums have been named on the Polaris list, touching the surface of Canada’s best new music including Neil Young, Destroyer, Stars, Austra, The Weeknd, Black Mountain and The Dears.

The full 2011 Polaris Music Prize long list:

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
Austra – Feel It Break
Black Mountain – Wilderness Heart
Braids – Native Speaker
Buck 65 – 20 Odd Years
Louise Burns – Mellow Drama
D-Sisive – Jonestown 2: Jimmy Go Bye Bye
The Dears – Degeneration Street
Destroyer – Kaputt
Diamond Rings – Special Affections
Dirty Beaches – Badlands
Luke Doucet and The White Falcon – Steel City Trawler
Eternia & MoSS – At Last
Galaxie – Tigre et Diesel
Jenn Grant – Honeymoon Punch
Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972
Hey Rosetta! – Seeds
Hooded Fang – Album
Imaginary Cities – Temporary Resident
Land Of Talk – Cloak and Cipher
Little Scream – The Golden Record
The Luyas – Too Beautiful To Work
Malajube – La Caverne
Miracle Fortress – Was I The Wave?
One Hundred Dollars – Songs Of Man
Doug Paisley – Constant Companion
PS I Love You – Meet Me At The Muster Station
Daniel Romano – Sleep Beneath the Willow
The Rural Alberta Advantage – Departing
Ron Sexsmith – Long Player Late Bloomer
Shotgun Jimmie – Transistor Sister
Sloan – The Double Cross
Frederick Squire – March 12
Stars – The Five Ghosts
Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
Timber Timbre – Creep On Creepin’ On
The Weeknd – House Of Balloons
Women – Public Strain
Neil Young – Le Noise
Young Galaxy – Shapeshifting

The shortlist has been confirmed with Arcade Fire, Destroyer, The Weeknd, Colin Stetson, Austra, Braids, Ron Sexsmith, Timber Timbre, Galaxie, and Hey Rosetta! making the cut.


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berlinchair101 said on the 21st Jun, 2011

This list is bogus if Sum 41 and Avril aren't on it. They are Canada's biggest exports.


therat said on the 21st Jun, 2011

Ron Sexsmith – Long Player Late Bloomer

We have a winner.


SlowerQuieter said on the 21st Jun, 2011

I just realised that my top 3 2011 albums so far are all from Canadian acts. Hope they all make the shortlist, it would be great to see them get some recognition.


jtam said on the 22nd Jun, 2011

it's a surprise (and pleasure) that the weeknd's mixtape got on this


grattan said on the 7th Jul, 2011

Story updated with the final shortlist.


grattan said on the 20th Sep, 2011

Arcade Fire won.

Massive shocker!