Here’s the 2022 Polaris Music Prize Long List

Backxwash, Pierre Kwenders, Haviah Mighty, Orville Peck and many more tied the knot

Published June 14, 2022

The year is almost halfway through, and you know what that means: The Polaris Music Prize has unveiled its long list for 2022.

Among this crop of Canadian nominees are a handful of heavy-hitters albums, including Arcade Fire, Shad, Stars and The Weeknd. Elsewhere, previous winners Backxwash, Tanya Tagaq and Haviah Mighty have been nominated again.

Past shortlists including Destroyer, the Halluci Nation, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Hubert Lenoir, PUP, BADBADNOTGOOD, Basia Bulat, Les Louanges, Julie Doiron, Jean-Michel Blais, Lisa Leblanc and Pierre Kwenders were honored, while debut albums from Joyful Joyful, OMBIIGIZI , LOONY and Sister Ray got their first nods.

A jury of 197 members considered 223 albums released between May 1, 2021 and May 31, 2022, for the long list, which has been narrowed down to the 40 contenders shown below.

The short list — to be revealed on July 14 — will take 10 nominees to the final round, with a winner being named and awarded $50,000 in the fall.

The nine runners-up will each receive a $3,000 prize (courtesy of Slaight Music). Additionally, this year Play MPE partnered with Polaris to award the grand prize winner a $3,025 worldwide music promotion distribution package, and the nine runners-up with packages worth $1,000 each.

Last year’s Polaris Music Prize was won by Cadence Weapon for: Parallel world

Long list Polaris music award 2022:

AHI- Expectation
arcade fire – WE
Backx wash – I’m buried here with my rings and my dresses
BAD GOOD – Talk memory
Jean Michel Blais aubades
Basia Bulat – The garden
Tanika Charles- Papillon de Nuit: The moth
child – hope for sale
destroyer – labyrinthitis
Julie Doiron- I thought about you
the Garries – Take you to a nunnery
The Halluci Nation – Another Saturday night
Happy Happy – happy happy
Adrian Cain – When flowers bloom
Lydia Kepinsky – Ever since
Pierre Kwenders- José Louis and the Paradox of Love
Ada Lea- one hand on the wheel the other sewing a garden
Lisa Leblanc – The best of Lisa Leblanc Chat Disco
Hubert Lenoir – PHOTO OF YOURSELF: Music instant
Luna Li- duality
praise – Crash
SALARY – soft thing
Kelly McMichael- Waves
Men I trust – untouchable album
Haviah Mighty – Stock market:
mystical milan. † shape shifter
Cedric Noel – Hang time
OMBIIGIZ – Sewn back together
Orville Peck – bronco
ouri- Frame of a Fauna
P’tit Bell Level – A man and his piano
SATURDAY – the fool
eleven – tao
Sister Ray – Community
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – live after
stars – From Capelton Hill
“Tagaq” Tanya. Tongues
The weekend – Dawn FM
Charlotte Day Wilson- alpha

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