Published Oct 09, 2015Earlier this year, the Polaris Music Prize announced a new honour to bestow upon music that was released prior to the current award's launch in 2006. Now, the winners of the Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize have been revealed.
Taking top honours in the 1960s and '70s category was Joni Mitchell for Blue, while the Cowboy Junkies won the '80s round with The Trinity Session. Sloan's Twice Removed triumphed in the '90s category, and Peaches' The Teaches of Peaches took home the prize for albums released between 2000 and 2005.
The winners were selected by jurors from across four categories, representing five decades of Canadian music, and voting was then opened to the public.
As previously reported, the four winning albums will be celebrated with a tribute concert in early 2016 with the folks from Toronto's Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall. The winners will be given a trophy at the show, and commemorative prints of the winning albums will be sold to the public.
"This is the Polaris version of a hall of fame. As with the main prize, we hope this award will lead to more discussion and discovery of timeless recorded art from our history," said Polaris founder and executive director Steve Jordan in a statement.
Earlier this year, Buffy Sainte-Marie was awarded the 2015 Polaris Music Prize for her album Power in the Blood.