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Arcade Fire, the Weeknd, Tanya Tagaq land on Polaris music prize long list

File photos of Arcade Fire's Win Butler (left), the Weeknd (centre) and Tanya Tagaq (right). Butler: Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, The Weeknd: Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, Tanya Tagaq: Photo by Chris Donovan/CP

New albums from Arcade Fire, the Weeknd and Shad are among those longlisted for this year’s Polaris Music Prize.

The juried award for best Canadian album of the year was narrowed down to 40 contenders who will now vie for a spot on the short list, to be revealed July 14.

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Other artists in the running include Haisla Nation rap duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids, masked country singer Orville Peck and Toronto punk band Pup.

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Previous Polaris winners Tanya Tagaq, Haviah Mighty and Backxwash each made the list with their latest projects.

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The Polaris Music Prize awards $50,000 to the artist or group that created the best Canadian album of the previous year — irrespective of genre or sales — as chosen by a group of journalists, broadcasters and bloggers.

Last year, the prize went to hip hop artist Cadence Weapon for Parallel World, his poetic reflection on race, policing and technology that was largely inspired by the George Floyd protests in 2020.

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The long list was selected from 223 albums that made the first ballots.

The Polaris winner will be announced Sept. 19 at a gala presentation held at Toronto’s Carlu, and webcast on CBC Music. The other short list nominees each receive $3,000.

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