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What Does the Polaris Long List Sound Like? CBC Music Can Help

In some circles, it's the Top 40 countdown that really matters. The Polaris Music Prize revealed its long list for 2013 this morning at the Phi Centre in Montreal, announcing the 40 albums that their jury of journalists, broadcasters and other music-minded types have voted the best of the last 12 months, based on artistic merit alone.

As in years past, and the Polaris is now in its eighth iteration, the long list shows off a spectrum of genres and styles.

It's everything from A-Z.

Or A-Y, really - representing A Tribe Called Red to Young Galaxy.

The full list is below, but if you want to fully discover what the Polaris jury is deeming the best in Canadian music, CBC Music is an excellent resource.

Check out their archives on long list artists, whether you're researching Tegan and Sara, Mac DeMarco, Purity Ring or recent CBC Music Fest performer Corb Lund.

Or, better yet, start that journey towards the Polaris Music Prize's final round by listening to CBC Music's Polaris long list playlist, a sampler of tracks from each honoured album.

The winner of the Polaris will be named September 23, where they'll receive a $30,000 prize. That gives you enough time to listen to the playlist something like 2,000 times before awards night. Enjoy it while you can!

Get the 2013 Polaris Music Prize Playlist at

The 2013 Polaris Music Prize long list is:

A Tribe Called Red - Nation II Nation
Alaclair Ensemble - Les maigres blancs d'Amérique du Noir
ANCIIENTS - Heart of Oak
The Besnard Lakes - Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO
Louis-Jean Cormier - Le Treizième Étage
Mac DeMarco - 2
Evening Hymns - Spectral Dusk
Hannah Georgas - Hannah Georgas
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
Chilly Gonzales - Solo Piano II
Jim Guthrie - Takes Time
Hayden - Us Alone
Zaki Ibrahim - Every Opposite
KEN mode - Entrench
Kid Koala - 12 bit Blues
Kobo Town - Jumbie in the Jukebox
Pierre Lapointe - Punkt
Lee Harvey Osmond - The Folk Sinner
Les soeurs Boulay - Le poids des confettis
Corb Lund - Cabin Fever
The Luyas - Animator
Majical Cloudz - Impersonator
Metric - Synthetica
Danny Michel with the Garifuna Collective - Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me
AC Newman - Shut Down The Streets
Old Man Luedecke - Tender is The Night
Lindi Ortega - Cigarettes & Truckstops
Peter Peter - Une version améliorée de la tristesse
Purity Ring - Shrines
Rah Rah - The Poet's Dead
Rhye - Woman
Daniel Romano - Come Cry With Me
Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light
Suuns - Images du futur
Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob
Al Tuck - Stranger at the Wake
Whitehorse - The Fate of the World Depends On This Kiss
Young Galaxy - Ultramarine

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