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2016 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize Nominees Revealed, Voting Open

The nominated albums for the 2016 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize have been revealed. The Heritage Prize will feature a 10 album Short List for each of four distinct musical eras — 1960-75, 1976-85, 1986-95 and 1996-2005. Each era’s Short List was curated by an expert panel of Canadian music media and historians. The winner […]

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Kaytranada’s ‘99.9%’ Has Won The 2016 Polaris Music Prize

Kaytranada has won the 2016 Polaris Music Prize for the album 99.9%, besting the nine other albums on the Polaris Short List. “For me, it’s crazy to get this award,” said Kaytranada. “It’s really, truly, a big honour. It’s amazing. Ceci est pour Montréal, tous mes Montréalais. Shout outs to all of y’all.  I want to thank the […]

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Everything You Need To Know About The 2016 Polaris Music Prize Gala

  The 2016 Polaris Gala takes place Monday, September 19 at The Carlu in Toronto. For those of you who can’t attend in person to watch nominees Andy Shauf, Basia Bulat, Black Mountain, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jessy Lanza, U.S. Girls and White Lung perform live (extremely limited tickets still available), there’s still an easy way […]

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Polaris Has A Podcast Now And Our First Episode Exists

The Polaris Music Prize has launched a new podcast titled… wait for it… the Polaris Podcast. The Polaris Podcast will explore the rich and intriguing stories behind the Canadian music albums of distinction that have been nominated for the Polaris Music Prize and its related Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize. In the first Polaris Podcast […]

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2016 Short List Posters Revealed, Artists Announced

The Polaris Music Prize today announced the 10 posters artists for the 2016 Short List. Each poster is a limited edition silk-screen produced specifically for all nominated Short List albums by a chosen artist (see complete list below). The artists were selected by Polaris and the Office of Gilbert Li and printed by Kid Icarus […]

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Beau’s Brewery Launching Polaris Pale Ale On Sept. 19

The Polaris Music Prize is getting its own beer thanks to Beau’s Brewery. Beau’s Brewery has partnered with Polaris to create a custom, limited-edition beer for 2016 Polaris events leading up to, and including, the Polaris Gala being held Monday, September 19 at The Carlu in Toronto. The beer, called Polaris Pale Ale, was brewed […]

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Performers Announced For Polaris 2016 Gala, Grand Jury Revealed

The performers have been announced for the 2016 Polaris Music Prize Gala taking place September 19 at The Carlu in Toronto. They include: Black Mountain Basia Bulat Carly Rae Jepsen Jessy Lanza Andy Shauf U.S. Girls White Lung Grimes and Kaytranada will be attending. PUP are not able to come as they are playing in […]

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Arkells, Joel Plaskett, Zaki Ibrahim On Free Polaris Cover Sessions 10-Inch Available At Select Retailers

Starting today, buying one of the ten albums nominated for the 2016 Polaris Music Prize Short List from select record stores across the national will earn savvy shoppers a bonus free vinyl copy of the Polaris Cover Sessions No. 2. The three songs on the ten-inch were culled from the Polaris Cover Sessions, an ongoing […]

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Polaris Music Prize Gala Tickets Officially On Sale

Tickets for the 2016 Polaris Music Prize Gala being held at The Carlu in Toronto on September 19 are now available for sale via Ticketfly. These general admission tickets are for seating in The Carlu balcony and are available in extremely limited quantities (6 ticket limit per household). They are guaranteed to sell out. The […]

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