Short Lists for 2015 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize Announced

The 10th annual Polaris Music Prize is coming up tomorrow night in Toronto and in addition to naming the best new Canadian album of the year, there’s something else coming up: the Slaight Family Heritage Polaris Prize. It’s a way to acknowledge the contributions of artists who weren’t around when Polaris started.  Take a look at the following press release. Where would your votes go?

The Polaris Music Prize today announced the Short Lists for the 2015 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize.  The jury for the Heritage Prize consisted of 25 people from current and past Polaris juries as well as former members of the Canadian music media and Canadian music historians.  The jury selected a 5 title Short List for each of the following periods: 60s & 70s, 80s (a tie resulted in six titles being chosen), 90s and 00s (2000-2005).  The public will now have the chance to pick the winner from each Short List. Voting will be open from September 18 until October 5 at Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize.

Michael Barclay of Maclean’s Magazine, this year’s Heritage Jury Foreperson had this to say about the inaugural prize’s process: “In a matter of days after our discussion began, our jurors had suggested almost 300 albums for these lists, which demonstrates their knowledge and passion for Canadian musical history. The 21 albums here celebrate our rich and diverse Canadian canon, and represent merely the beginning of what will be an exciting musical conversation in the years to come.”

Here are the 2015 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize Short Lists:

60’s & 70’s

  • The Band – Music From Big Pink
  • Robert Charlebois & Louise Forestier – Lindberg
  • Leonard Cohen – Songs Of Leonard Cohen
  • Joni Mitchell – Blue
  • Jackie Shane – Live!


  • Cowboy Junkies – The Trinity Session
  • Glenn Gould – Bach: The Goldberg Variations
  • Daniel Lanois – Acadie
  • Maestro Fresh-Wes – Symphony In Effect
  • Mary Margaret O’Hara – Miss America
  • Rush – Moving Pictures


  • Blue Rodeo – Five Days In July
  • Bran Van 3000 – Glee
  • Dream Warriors – And Now The Legacy Begins
  • Lhasa de Sela – La Llorona
  • Sloan – Twice Removed

00’s (2000 – 2005)

  • Arcade Fire – Funeral
  • Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It In People
  • Constantines – Shine A Light
  • Feist – Let It Die
  • Peaches – The Teaches Of Peaches

This jury selected records in these periods in accordance with current Polaris criteria; records of the highest artistic quality without regards to sales or affiliations.  The winners will be announced on October 9th.  The programming team at Roy Thomson / Massey Hall will produce a tribute concert to the four winning albums of the Slaight Family Heritage Prize winners some time in early 2016.  Winners will receive a special trophy at the tribute show.  Commemorative prints of each winning album will also be made available for purchase to the public.

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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