Most people know about the Polaris Prize, which honours the best in contemporary Canadian music. But what about all the artists and albums that were around before Polaris was established? That’s where the Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize comes in.
Each year, nominees from bygone eras are put forth. Votes are cast by both the public and a jury of music industry wonks. Here are this year’s winners.
Public vote: Neil Young – Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Jury vote: Jean-Pierre Ferland – Jaune
1976 – 1985
Public: Rush – 2112
Jury: Bruce Cockburn – Stealing Fire
Public: Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill
Jury: Dream Warriors – And Now the Legacy Begins
Public: Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It In People
Jury: Kid Koala – Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The records nominated this year that did not get selected as winners will remain on the short lists for the 2019 Heritage Prize. The Heritage jury will add two additional records for each era.