Polaris Music Prize Gala canceled for 2020

Since its inception earlier in the century, the grand prize winner in the Polaris Music Prize has always been announced at a gala event in September. This, however, is not a normal year. The 2020 gala, set for September 21, has been canceled thanks to COVID-19.

Instead, organizers have announced that this year’s winner will be announced with a “special cinematic event” on October 19.

What does that mean? A livestream even with each of the 10 Short List finalists honoured with a short film, each commissioned by a Canadian filmmaker. When it’s all over, one artist’s album will be awarded $50,000 for having the best Canadian album of the last twelve months, regardless of genre or commercial success. The other nine finalists will get $3,000.

The Short List will be revealed July 15.

Dammit, COVID-19. You’re drunk. Go home.

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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