Polaris Prize Announces Gala Performers & Grand Jury Members

The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music, announced the performers for the September 17 gala at The Carlu in Toronto.
They are:

Jean-Michel Blais

Jeremy Dutcher

Hubert Lenoir

Pierre Kwenders


Snotty Nose Rez Kids

U.S. Girls


Daniel Caesar will be in attendance but cannot perform due to his touring schedule. Alvvays cannot attend due to previous commitments.

Hosted by Raina Douris of CBC Music Mornings, the gala will stream live at and on CBC Music’s Facebook and YouTube pages starting at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) on Sept. 17, 2018. Public tickets are limited and available via Ticketmaster.

Polaris also announced the Grand Jury to determine this year’s best Canadian album.

They are:

Matt Carter – Grid City Magazine (Fredericton, NB)

J.D. Considine – freelance journalist (Toronto, ON)

Jill Krajewski – Noisey / Vice (Toronto, ON)

Erin Lowers – Exclaim! (Toronto, ON)

Dustin Riel McGladrey – Aboriginal Multi-Media Society of Alberta, CFWE FM (Edmonton, AB)

Marie Mello – freelance journalist (Montréal, QC)

Marc-André Mongrain – / Radio-Canada (Montréal, QC)

Anubha Momin – freelance journalist (Toronto, ON)

Josh O’Kane – The Globe and Mail (Toronto, ON)

Rosina Riccardo – CJAM FM (Windsor, ON)

Kate Wilson – The Georgia Straight (Vancouver, BC)

The Grand Jury will decide the winning album on the evening of the Polaris Gala where the winning act will be awarded $50,000. Each of the nine other Short-Listed artists receive $3,000 courtesy of Slaight Music.

Albums eligible for 2018 Polaris Music Prize consideration must be released between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018. An independent jury of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada determine the Long List and Short List. Eleven people from the larger jury pool are then chosen to serve on the Grand Jury. This Grand Jury convenes on the night of the Gala to select the Polaris Music Prize winner.

Past winners are Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).

We acknowledge 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.

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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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