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Polaris Panels Announced For Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax

Polaris Panels are coming to Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. Formerly known as Salons, Polaris Panels will feature general information about the Polaris judging process. Local jurists will offer insight into their own personal criteria for selecting their ballots. “In the past, Salons had a general target audience of music obsessives, musicians, and […]

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Polaris Music Prize Increased To $50,000 In 2015

The winner of the 2015 Polaris Music Prize will receive more money. Earlier today at the Slaight Music CMW Social, Steve Jordan, Founder and Executive Director of the Polaris Music Prize, and Gary Slaight, President of Slaight Music, announced that Slaight will contribute an additional $20,000 to the Prize for 2015, bringing the total to […]

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Polaris 2015 Long List Reveal In Halifax, Key Dates Announced

The 2015 Polaris Music Prize will be coming to Halifax, Nova Scotia in June. Steve Jordan, Founder and Executive Director of the Polaris Music Prize, announced today the 40 albums making the 2015 Polaris Music Prize Long List will be revealed at Halifax music venue The Carleton on June 16. “After bringing the Long List […]

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Geoff Berner’s Introduction Speech For Tanya Tagaq

When Tanya Tagaq won the 2014 Polaris Music Prize last night for her Animism album she was introduced to the Polaris Gala audience with a spirited speech courtesy of Geoff Berner, the klezmer punk accordionist and author of the book Festival Man. To watch the speech, as well as Tagaq’s performance and winner announcement see […]

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Tanya Tagaq Wins The 2014 Polaris Music Prize

Tanya Tagaq has won the 2014 Polaris Music Prize for her album Animism besting the nine other albums on the Polaris Short List. The Inuk throat singer performed an intense version of her song “Uja” accompanied by a 40-member choir during the Polaris Gala. “We’ve been doing it our own way without backing down artistically […]

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Presenters Announced For The 2014 Polaris Gala

The presenters have been revealed for the 2014 Polaris Gala. They include 2014 Giller Long-Listed author Sean Michaels, journalists Sarah Liss, Ty Harper, Anupa Mistry and Richard Trapunski, and musicians Geoff Berner, Tasseomancy, and Polaris’ very own 2014 Short-Listed artist Owen Pallett. All the presenters have been selected by the nominees themselves. The Gala, which […]

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Jay Baruchel Explains His Relationship With Canadian Music

Jay Baruchel, the Montreal actor and comedian responsible for such lines as “I don’t want to die at James Franco’s house” (from This Is The End) and “I’ll fill ya fulla corndogs” (from Goon) also happens to be the host of the 2014 Polaris Music Prize Gala, happening Monday, Sept. 22 at The Carlu in […]

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2014 Polaris Short List Posters Revealed (PHOTOS)

The artists and artwork for this year’s Polaris Posters has been revealed. The annual program features 10 artists graphically interpreting the 10 albums on the 2014 Short List. The resulting specially curated posters are then presented to the musicians at the Polaris Gala. A very limited number of the posters will also be made available […]

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