Published Jul 21, 2016Last year, the Polaris Music Prize introduced the Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize, paying homage to Canadian albums from the decades before the annual honour was handed out. Now, last year's winners are set to be given a further tribute thanks to a new live show extravaganza.
Last fall, Joni Mitchell's Blue took the top spot for the '60 and '70s category, while the Cowboy Junkies won the '80s round with The Trinity Session. Sloan's Twice Removed triumphed in the '90s category, and of Peaches' The Teaches Peaches took home the prize for albums released between 2000 and 2005.
On August 3, the Massey Hall band will breathe new life into the winning records at a concert at the Great Hall in Toronto. In addition to the 15-piece alternative big band, the show will also feature performances from winners Peaches and Sloan's Chris Murphy and Jay Ferguson, as well as the Weather Station, Tanika Charles, Amelia Curran, Michelle McAdorey and more. The show will be hosted by CBC's Rich Terfry (a.k.a. Buck 65).
"The idea behind the Heritage Prize – our version of a Hall of Fame – is to spur discussion and discovery of timeless recorded art from our history," Polaris founder and executive director Steve Jordan said in a statement. "Combining Massey Hall Band's interpretations of the prize-winning classics and the contributions of the special guests will make for an exciting, inventive and suitably musical tribute for these albums."
Tickets for the show are now available here.
The 2016 Polaris Music Prize will be given out on September 19. Catch up on the albums that made the shortlist over here.