Best Canadian Music of the Last 40 Years Being Honoured at This Year's Gala

Official Press Release From Polaris Music Prize

TORONTO, ON – Friday, September 18, 2015.

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 THE 2015 SLAIGHT FAMILY POLARIS HERITAGE PRIZE SHORT LISTS ANNOUNCED 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.

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.

About the Polaris Music Prize
Polaris Music Prize, produced in association with Blue Ant Media, is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours, celebrates and rewards creativity and diversity in Canadian recorded music. Polaris Music Prize recognizes and then markets the albums of the highest artistic integrity, without regard for musical genre, professional affiliation or sales history, as judged by a panel of selected music critics. polarismusicprize.ca