Polaris Heritage Prize Nominees Announced; Public Voting Now Open

Voting for the 2018 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize is now open.

The Heritage Prize honours Canadian albums of the past from four distinct time periods: 1960-75, 1976-85, 1986-95, and 1996-05. Like the Polaris Music Prize, winners and nominees for the Heritage Prize are albums of the artistic distinction, without regards to sales or affiliations.

This is Polaris' version of a hall of fame where it tries to determine who would have been nominated or won the prize in the years before the Polaris Music Prize started in 2006.

Once again there will be eight winning albums declared this year, two per era — one voted on by the public and one voted on by the specially assembled Heritage Prize jury.

Go HERE to vote. Voters will be able to submit ballots once per day.

Voting closes October 18 at 11:59 p.m. ET and the winning albums will be revealed on Oct. 23, 2018.

This year there are eight new nominated records from Jean-Pierre Ferland, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Stan Rogers, Rush, Daniel Bélanger, Voivod, Sarah Harmer, and Kid Koala to replace last year’s winners.

Heritage Prize winners are commemorated with limited-edition artwork commissioned and inspired by the music on these designated albums. Examples of past winners' works, including those honouring the likes of Neil Young, Harmonium, Sloan and Mary Margaret O'Hara can be found at the Polaris Store.

The 2018 Polaris Heritage Prize is supported by Slaight Music and Re:Sound.

2018 Heritage Prize nominated albums, by era:

The Band – Music From Big Pink
Beau Dommage – Beau Dommage
Robert Charlebois & Louise Forestier – Lindberg
Jean-Pierre Ferland - Jaune (new)
Joni Mitchell – Court and Spark
Jackie Mittoo – Wishbone
The Oscar Peterson Trio – Night Train
Buffy Sainte-Marie – It’s My Way! (new)
Jackie Shane – Live
Neil Young – Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

Bruce Cockburn – Stealing Fire
D.O.A. – Hardcore ’81
Fifth Column – To Sir With Hate
Gowan – Strange Animal
Martha and the Muffins – This is the Ice Age
Jackie Mittoo – Show Case Volume 3
Stan Rogers – Fogarty’s Cove (new)
Rough Trade – Avoid Freud
Rush – 2112 (new)
Leroy Sibbles – On Top

Daniel Bélanger – Les insomniaques s'amusent (new)
Dream Warriors – And Now the Legacy Begins
k.d. lang – Ingénue
Daniel Lanois – Acadie
Maestro Fresh Wes – Symphony In Effect
Main Source – Breaking Atoms
Sarah McLachlan – Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill
John Oswald – Plunderphonics
Voivod – Nothingface (new)

Bran Van 3000 – Glee
Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It In People
Constantines – Shine A Light
The Dears – No Cities Left
Destroyer – Streethawk: A Seduction
Esthero – Breath from Another
Sarah Harmer – You Were Here (new)
Kid Koala – Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (new)
The New Pornographers – Mass Romantic
The Weakerthans – Left and Leaving

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Polaris acknowledges the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters. It also acknowledges the OMDC for their continued support of the Polaris Music Prize.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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