The 2013 Polaris Prize Long List

>> Friday, 14 June 2013

And the lone Manitoba entry left vying for this year’s Polaris Prize is…KEN Mode.

This year’s Polaris Prize long list was revealed yesterday and, like years previous, a lone Manitoba entry made the cut: the Juno-statue-earning heavy metal sound of KEN Mode's Entrench.

The full long list is below.

A Tribe Called Red - Nation II Nation
Alaclair Ensemble - Les maigres blancs d'Amérique du Noir
ANCIIENTS - Heart of Oak
The Besnard Lakes - Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO
Louis-Jean Cormier - Le Treizième Étage
Mac DeMarco - 2
Evening Hymns - Spectral Dusk
Hannah Georgas - Hannah Georgas
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
Chilly Gonzales - Solo Piano II
Jim Guthrie - Takes Time
Hayden - Us Alone
Zaki Ibrahim - Every Opposite
KEN mode - Entrench
Kid Koala - 12 bit Blues
Kobo Town - Jumbie in the Jukebox
Pierre Lapointe - Punkt
Lee Harvey Osmond - The Folk Sinner
Les soeurs Boulay - Le poids des confettis
Corb Lund - Cabin Fever
The Luyas - Animator
Majical Cloudz - Impersonator
Metric - Synthetica
Danny Michel with the Garifuna Collective - Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me
AC Newman - Shut Down The Streets
Old Man Luedecke - Tender is The Night
Lindi Ortega - Cigarettes & Truckstops
Peter Peter - Une version améliorée de la tristesse
Purity Ring - Shrines
Rah Rah - The Poet's Dead
Rhye - Woman
Daniel Romano - Come Cry With Me
Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light
Suuns - Images du futur
Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob
Al Tuck - Stranger at the Wake
Whitehorse - The Fate of the World Depends On This Kiss
Young Galaxy - Ultramarine

For the record, I went 3 for 5 or 0.60 or 60% on my Polaris ballot. On it were:

1. Hannah Georgas – Hannah Georgas
2. Mise en Scene – Desire’s Despair
3. Purity Ring – Shrines
4. Young Galaxy – Ultramarine
5. New Country Rehab – Ghost of Your Charms

I’m curious…which artists would’ve been on your ballot? Can KEN Mode make the short list and inch closer toward its dream of buying a boat?


Dana,  14 June 2013 at 11:56  

how many media people on the jury are from MB?

Mykael 17 June 2013 at 16:32  

Probably 10 or so from a panel of 230ish.

Anonymous,  18 June 2013 at 11:12  

jenn grant, metric, purity ring, godspeed, and ac newman

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