Published Aug 19, 2015Earlier this year, Canadian institution the Polaris Music Prize announced plans to launch the Slaight Family Heritage Prize, which will honour Canadian albums from decades past. Now, Polaris has confirmed the full details surrounding its Heritage Prize.
While Polaris has honoured one album per year since 2006, the Heritage Prize will focus on music from four different time periods: the 1960s and 1970s, the 1980s, the 1990s, and 2000 to 2005.
A shortlist of five albums from each of these four period (that is, 20 albums in total) will be selected by a 25-member jury, made up of past and present members of the Polaris jury, plus Canadian music historians and veteran music industry members. As with the regular Polaris prize, these albums will be chosen based on artistic merit alone, without regard for commercial performance.
The four shortlists will be revealed on September 18. The public will then vote on the winner from each shortlist, with voting taking place at polarismusicprize.ca and closing on October 5. On October 9, the four winners will be announced.
In 2016, the folks at Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto will stage a tribute concert for the winning albums, and the artists will each be presented with a trophy at the concert. Commemorative art prints for the winning albums will be sold to the public.
Of course, the regular Polaris Music Prize is also right around the corner. The winner of the $50,000 prize will be named during a gala at the Carlu in Toronto on September 21. See the list of contenders here.