Short List for the Polaris Heritage Prize Released. VOTE NOW!

If you have been waiting to vote for the Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize, now is your chance. The short list has been released and voting is open until October 17. On October 24 the results will be made public.

Remember, there are some changes to this year’s Polaris Prize. From FYI Music News:

“For those with keen eyes and sharp memories, the range periods for the four eras have been changed, and this year each period will have two winners–one selected by the public and one by a jury pool”.

The four eras are: 1960-75, 1976-85, 1986-96, and 1996-2005. Next year a tribute concert will be produced by the Roy Thompson/Massey Hall programming team to celebrate the winners.

Here are the nominated albums:

1960-75

  • The Band – Music from Big Pink
  • The Band – The Band
  • Robert Charlebois & Louise Forestier – Lindberg
  • Leonard Cohen – Songs of Leonard Cohen
  • Gordon Lightfoot – Lightfoot!
  • Joni Mitchell – Court and Spark
  • The Oscar Peterson Trio – Night Train
  • Jackie Shane – Live
  • Neil Young – Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
  • Neil Young – After The Gold Rush

1976-85

  • Bruce Cockburn – Stealing Fire
  • D.O.A. – Hardcore ’81
  • Fifth Column – To Sir with Hate
  • Glenn Gould – Bach: The Goldberg Variations
  • Martha and the Muffins – This is the Ice Age
  • Kate & Anna McGarrigle – Kate & Anna McGarrigle
  • Jackie Mittoo – Show Case Volume 3
  • Rough Trade – Avoid Freud
  • Rush – Moving Pictures
  • Leroy Sibbles – On Top

1986-95

  • Blue Rodeo – Five Days in July
  • Dream Warriors – And Now the Legacy Begins
  • Maestro Fresh Wes – Symphony in Effect
  • Daniel Lanois – Acadie
  • Sarah McLachlan – Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
  • Main Source – Breaking Atoms
  • Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill
  • Mary Margaret O’Hara – Miss America
  • John Oswald – Plunderphonics
  • The Tragically Hip – Fully Completely

1996-05

  • Arcade Fire – Funeral
  • Bran Van 3000 – Glee
  • Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It In People
  • Constantines – Shine A Light
  • The Dears – No Cities Left
  • Destroyer – Streethawk
  • Esthero – Breath From Another
  • Feist – Let It Die
  • k-os – Joyful Rebellion
  • Lhasa de Sela – La Llorona

Just looking at this list is a reminder of Canada’s rich musical history.

You can vote here.

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