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.