The 40 albums that make up the 2021 Polaris Music Prize longlist have been announced, after Backxwash won the 2020 Polaris Music Prize for her God Has Nothing to Do With This Leave Him Out of It album.

The 2021 longlist was was narrowed down from 204 albums by the 199 member jury. The Polaris Music Prize 2021 winner will receive $50,000, while the nine other acts on the shortlist will receive $3,000 each from Slaight Music.

The 2021 Polaris Music Prize Longlist:

  • Art Bergmann - Late Stage Empire Dementia
  • Bernice - Eau De Bonjourno
  • The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes Are the Last of the Great Thunderstorm Warnings
  • Leanne Betasamosake Simpson - Theory of Ice
  • BIG|BRAVE - Vital
  • Cadence Weapon - Parallel World
  • Charlotte Cardin - Phoenix
  • CFCF - memoryland
  • Clairmont the Second - IT’S NOT HOW IT SOUNDS
  • Helena Deland - Someone New
  • DijahSB - Head Above The Waters
  • Kathleen Edwards - Total Freedom
  • Dominique Fils-Aimé - Three Little Words
  • Fiver with the Atlantic School of Spontaneous Composition - Fiver with the Atlantic School of Spontaneous Composition
  • Thanya Iyer - KIND
  • Yves Jarvis - Sundry Rock Song Stock
  • Rochelle Jordan - Play With the Changes
  • LAL - Meteors Could Come Down
  • Daniel Lanois - Heavy Sun
  • Thierry Larose - Cantalou
  • Russell Louder - Humor
  • Elliot Maginot - Easy Morning
  • Mustafa - When Smoke Rises
  • Laura Niquay - Waska Matisiwin
  • Nyssa - Girls Like Me
  • The OBGMs - The Ends
  • Dorothea Paas - Anything Can’t Happen
  • Klô Pelgag - Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs
  • Savannah Ré - Opia
  • Allison Russell - Outside Child
  • Julien Sagot - Sagot
  • Sargeant X Comrade - Magic Radio
  • Shabason, Krgovich & Harris - Philadelphia
  • Yu Su - Yellow River Blue
  • Julian Taylor - The Ridge
  • TEKE::TEKE - Shirushi
  • TOBi - Elements Vol. 1
  • Vagina Witchcraft - Vagina Witchcraft
  • The Weather Station - Ignorance
  • Zoon - Bleached Wavves
The Polaris Music Prize 2021 shortlist will be announced on 15 July. Visit polarismusicprize.ca for more information.