The 2015 Polaris Music Prize Long List was announced this afternoon in Halifax. Produced in conjunction with Halifax Pop Explosion, the event was held at the city’s legendary club, The Carleton. The event was hosted by Polaris Founder and Executive Director, Steve Jordan. Halifax’s Mayor Savage was on hand to help announce the list of forty titles along with multiple nominee and 2015 Long Lister Luke Doucet of Whitehorse, 2013 Long Lister Old Man Luedecke, and 2010 and 2015 Long Lister Elizabeth Shepherd. Dartmouth’s Joel Plaskett performed “Hard Times” and “For Your Consideration” from his 2015 Long Listed album, The Park Avenue Sobriety Test. The event was live streamed on TFO’s BRBR.

In total, 197 titles made the first ballots of the 196 member jury.

The Short List will be unveiled on July 16 at The Carlu in Toronto, and the Polaris Music Prize Gala will return to The Carlu for the third year on Monday, September 21. Aux.tv will once again stream the gala live.

2015 Polaris Music Prize Long List:
Absolutely Free – Absolutely Free
The Acorn – Vieux Loup
Lydia Ainsworth – Right From Real
Alvvays – Alvvays
Arkells – High Noon
Rich Aucoin – Ephemeral
BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah – Sour Soul
Bahamas – Bahamas Is Afie
The Barr Brothers – Sleeping Operator
Braids – Deep In The Iris
Steph Cameron – Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady
Caribou – Our Love
Jazz Cartier – Marauding In Paradise
Jennifer Castle – Pink City
Cold Specks – Neuroplasticity
Louis-Jean Cormier – Les grandes artères
Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World
Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
Frazey Ford – Indian Ocean
Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon
B.A. Johnston – Shit Sucks
Pierre Kwenders – Le dernier empereur Bantou
Lee Harvey Osmond – Beautiful Scars
Jean Leloup – À Paradis City
Milk & Bone – Little Mourning
Tre Mission – Stigmata
The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers
Joel Plaskett – The Park Avenue Sobriety Test
Buffy Sainte-Marie – Power In The Blood
Elizabeth Shepherd – The Signal
Siskiyou – Nervous
Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld – Never were the way she was
Various Artists – Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock and Country, 1966-1985
Viet Cong – Viet Cong
Patrick Watson – Love Songs For Robots
The Weather Station – Loyalty
White Lung – Deep Fantasy
Whitehorse – Leave No Bridge Unburned
Young Guv – Ripe 4 Luv

Listen to all the Polaris Music Prize nominees of the 2015 Long List playlist here.