Key dates for the 2018 Polaris Prize announced

The Polaris Prize, which looks to recognize the best album created in Canada over the past year, has released its key dates for 2018.

The 200-ish jurors–all music industry wonks to some degree (yours truly included)–are currently nominating albums and debating their various merits.

Come spring, that list of albums–which, if history holds, will number in the hundreds–will be subject to jury voting to whittle things down to a Long List of 40, which will be announced on June 13.

The debating and kvetching will continue, followed by another round of voting that will go into the creating the Short List of 10 finalists. That announcement will come July 17.

Finally, it’s the big Gala on September 17 when an impaneled Grand Jury will vote on those 10 to declare a winner. That artist will be award a cash prize of $50,000. The other nine will get $3,000.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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