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2016 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize Nominees Revealed, Voting Open

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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 for each era will be determined by public vote. Think of it as our version of a hall of fame.

Voting officially opened last night at the 2016 Polaris Music Prize Gala. Polls will stay open until October 17 and the winning albums in each era will be announced October 24.

Here are the nominated albums:

1960-75
The Band – Music From Big Pink
The Band – The Band
Robert Charlebois & Louise Forestier – Lindberg
Leonard Cohen – Songs Of Leonard Cohen
Gordon Lightfoot – Lightfoot!
Joni Mitchell – Court And Spark
The Oscar Peterson Trio – Night Train
Jackie Shane – Live
Neil Young – Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Neil Young – After The Gold Rush

1976-85
Bruce Cockburn – Stealing Fire
D.O.A. – Hardcore ’81
Fifth Column – To Sir With Hate
Glenn Gould – Bach: The Goldberg Variations
Martha and the Muffins – This is the Ice Age
Kate & Anna McGarrigle – Kate & Anna McGarrigle
Jackie Mittoo – Show Case Volume 3
Rough Trade – Avoid Freud
Rush – Moving Pictures
Leroy Sibbles – On Top

1986-95
Blue Rodeo – Five Days In July
Dream Warriors – And Now the Legacy Begins
Maestro Fresh Wes – Symphony In Effect
Daniel Lanois – Acadie
Sarah McLachlan – Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
Main Source – Breaking Atoms
Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill
Mary Margaret O’Hara – Miss America
John Oswald – Plunderphonics
The Tragically Hip – Fully Completely

1996-05
Arcade Fire – Funeral
Bran Van 3000 – Glee
Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It In People
Constantines – Shine A Light
The Dears – No Cities Left
Destroyer – Streethawk
Esthero – Breath from Another
Feist – Let It Die
k-os – Joyful Rebellion
Lhasa de Sela – La Llorona

There have been a number of changes made for the Heritage Prize’s second year. The biggest change involves an adjustment of the years represented for each era. Previously, the four Heritage Prize eras were the 1960s & 70s, the 1980s, the 1990s and the 00s (2000-05).

Another change involved juror makeup. Last year the nominated albums for all eras were determined by a singular pool of 25 jurors. This year each era had its own specific pool of jurors.

They were:

1960-75
Rob Bowman
Alain Brunet
Stephen Cooke
Mary Dickie
Tom Harrison
Nicholas Jennings
Pierre Landry
Francois Marchand
David Marsden
Bob Mersereau
Sean Michaels
Nicolas Tittley
Andrea Warner

1976-85
Denise Benson
Laurie Brown
Alain Brunet
David Dacks
Mary Dickie
Tom Harrison
Nicholas Jennings
Sarah Liss
Francois Marchand
Bob Mersereau
John Sakamoto
Ian Steaman
Michael Williams
Carl Wilson

1986-95
Mike Bell
Stuart Berman
Laurie Brown
Eveylne Cote
T’Cha Dunlevy
Dalton Higgins
Liisa Ladouceur
Pierre Landry
Sarah Liss
John Sakamoto
Michael Williams
Carl Wilson
Jill Wilson

1996-05
Mike Bell
Denise Benson
Stuart Berman
Evelyne Cote
David Dacks
Dalton Higgins
Liisa Ladouceur
Sean Michaels
John Sakamoto
Ian Steaman
Nicolas Tittley
Andrea Warner

These jurors will also be voting on and honouring one album from each of the four eras in addition to the winning albums determined by public vote.

The 2015 Heritage Prize honoured the following albums:

60s & 70s
Joni Mitchell – Blue

80s
Cowboy Junkies – The Trinity Session

90s
Sloan – Twice Removed

00s (2000 – 2005)
Peaches – The Teaches Of Peaches

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