Winners of the Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize Announced

First, there’s the Polaris Music Prize, the award given out to the best album released in Canada over the previous twelve months. But Polaris has only been around for about a decade. What about all the great Canadian records that were released before Polaris came along? That’s where the Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize comes in.

The process is much like what we see with Polaris. First comes four short lists, each involving releases from a specific timespan. Two winners for each era are picked: one by a jury of music industry people (full disclosure: I’m one) and the other based on public voting. The survey began on September 18 and closed on October 19.

Here are this year’s winners.

1960 – 1975

Public: Gordon Lightfoot — Lightfoot!

Jury: The Band — The Band


1976 – 1985

Public: Harmonium — L’Heptade

Jury: Glenn Gould – Bach: The Goldberg Variations


1986 – 1995

Public: The Tragically Hip — Fully Completely

Jury: Eric’s Trip — Love Tara


1996 – 2005

Public: Feist — Let It Die

Jury: k-os — Joyful Rebellion


If you were rooting for other artists on the short lists, fear not. They’ll be held over to the 2018 vote.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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