Okay, so he’s not completely leaving–he’ll continue as a member of the Polaris board–but he does have a new full time gig as Senior Director of CBC Music.
Steve founded Polaris Music Prize back in 2006 and has worked as its Executive Director all these years. He’s been synonymous with the organization.
Here’s a statement from Steve:
“I’ve been really struggling to articulate the mixed emotions I have leaving something I started and have devoted myself to for the last 15 years. I’m sad to leave the day-to-day, but feel a lot of joy that Polaris, culturally and financially, is in the strongest position it’s ever been.
“I have every confidence that the stewardship of the jury, our team, and our stakeholders will ensure Polaris continues with the integrity and vitality that people expect of it. It also feels good that so many of our sponsors and suppliers have been with us since the beginning and continue to support our mission of amplifying the musical excellence in this country.
“The various hands that touch Polaris throughout the year are all good hands to be leaving it in.”
This is from Polaris Music Prize Board Chair, Miro Oballa:
“On behalf of the Polaris Music Prize’s board of directors, we’d like to thank Steve for the vision and passion he’s brought to The Prize since its inception and we wish him all the best in his new role at the CBC.
“Polaris events manager Claire Dagenais will take on an expanded role within Polaris while Steve will continue to provide guidance for the Prize in his new role as a Polaris board member. We look forward to an exciting new chapter at Polaris.”