Polaris Music Prize Announces 2009 Award Schedule

Polaris Music Prize Announces 2009 Award Schedule
Already it's getting to that time of year when the Polaris Music Prize starts revving its engines, with organizers outlining the time table for the 2009 edition of the event.

In the lead-up to the coveted award for best Canadian album, this year the prize's long list will be announced June 15 and the short list on July 7. Polaris organizers have also set September 21 as the date for this year's gala, when the awards ceremony will take place at a yet-to-be-announced Toronto location.

As well, Polaris executive director Steve Jordan revealed that the music prize will have a new major sponsor this year, Sirius Satellite Radio Canada. In a statement, Jordan said of the new partnership: "We feel having Sirius as our number one sponsor is not only a natural progression but a perfect fit. We are excited to be working together to bring the music of our nominees and winner to an even wider audience."

To refresh your memory, the long and short lists are determined by an independent jury of 190 Canadian music journalists, broadcasters, bloggers and industry types from across the country. Of those, 11 people are chosen to be part of the grand jury, which will decide the winner of the 2009 Polaris Music Prize at the gala on September 21.

Past Polaris winners have included Final Fantasy for He Poos Clouds (2006), Patrick Watson for Closer Than Paradise (2007) and Caribou for Andorra (2008).

The eligibility period for the 2009 Polaris Music Prize runs from June 1, 2008, to May 31, 2009.