The Polaris Music Prize has announced its 40-album long list for 2022.
This year’s nominees include BADBADNOTGOOD, Tanika Charles and LOONY, among others. In total, 223 albums were considered for the long list by the 197-member jury.
BADBADNOTGOOD’s Talk Memory is the Toronto jazz ensemble’s fourth album to be nominated for the Polaris Prize. They were shortlisted for IV in 2017 and for Sour Soul (with Ghostface Killah) in 2015, and they made the long list for III in 2014.
Toronto-based soul and R&B vocalist Tanika Charles made this year’s long list for Papillon de Nuit, her third studio album. It’s also her third Polaris Prize nod, after being long-listed for The Gumption in 2019 and Soul Run in 2016.
Born and raised in Scarborough, LOONY (a.k.a. Kira Huszar) has earned her first Polaris recognition for her debut album soft thing, a blend of neo-soul, jazz, gospel, hip hop and R&B.
Here’s the 2022 Polaris Prize long list:
- AHI – Prospect
- Arcade Fire – WE
- Backxwash – I LIE HERE BURIED WITH MY RINGS AND MY DRESSES
- BADBADNOTGOOD – Talk Memory
- Jean-Michel Blais – aubades
- Basia Bulat – The Garden
- Tanika Charles – Papillon de Nuit: The Night Butterfly
- Chiiild – Hope for Sale
- Destroyer – LABYRINTHITIS
- Julie Doiron – I Thought of You
- The Garrys – Get Thee to a Nunnery
- The Halluci Nation – One More Saturday Night
- Joyful Joyful – Joyful Joyful
- Adria Kain – When Flowers Bloom
- Lydia Képinski – Depuis
- Pierre Kwenders – José Louis and the Paradox of Love
- Ada Lea – one hand on the steering wheel the other sewing a garden
- Lisa Leblanc – Chiac Disco
- Hubert Lenoir – PICTURA DE IPSE : Musique directe
- Luna Li – Duality
- Les Louanges – Crash
- LOONY – soft thing
- Kelly McMichael – Waves
- Men I Trust – Untourable Album
- Haviah Mighty – Stock Exchange
- myst milano. – Shapeshyfter
- Cedric Noel – Hang Time
- Ombiigizi – Sewn Back Together
- Orville Peck – Bronco
- Ouri – Frame of a Fauna
- P’tit Belliveau – Un homme et son piano
- PUP – THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBAND
- SATE – The Fool
- Shad – TAO
- Sister Ray – Communion
- Snotty Nose Rez Kids – Life After
- Stars – From Capelton Hill
- Tanya Tagaq – Tongues
- The Weeknd – Dawn FM
- Charlotte Day Wilson – Alpha
The 10-album Polaris Prize short list will be unveiled July 14. The winning album will be revealed in the fall.
The Polaris Prize is presented by CBC Music. This year’s long list is presented by the Canada Council for the Arts.