The Polaris Music Prize has been around for eleven years now. But here’s a thought experiment: if Polaris had started in the 60s, who might have won in the intervening years?
This is the thinking being the Slaight Family Heritage Polaris Music Prize. Earlier this year, albums representing the eras 1960-1975, 1976-1985, 1986-1995 and 1996-2005 were nominated. Two winners from each era were chosen–one by a public vote and the other by a selected jury. Here are your winners.
Public: Neil Young – After The Gold Rush
Jury: Leonard Cohen – Songs Of Leonard Cohen
1976 – 1985
Public: Rush – Moving Pictures
Jury: Kate & Anna McGarrigle – Kate & Anna McGarrigle
Public: Blue Rodeo – Five Days In July
Jury: Mary Margaret O’Hara – Miss America
Public: Arcade Fire – Funeral
Jury: Lhasa – La Llorona