Yet another award for Arcade Fire’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.