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Polaris Music Prize announces long list, and it’s 25 per cent Torontonian

Earlier today, the Polaris Music Prize announced its long list of the 40 Canadian bands and musicians eligible to win this year’s award. Over the past six years, the Polaris Prize has honoured Canadian artists with a monetary prize (to the tune of $30,000) for creating the album of the year, based solely on artistic merit. This year’s list boasts 10 Toronto-born and/or -based nominees, which means this city’s musicians represent 25 per cent of the list. Sadly, that makes Toronto less worthy than in 2011, when the list was 30 per cent Torontonian.

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