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The Polaris Music Prize is a juried award determined by journalists, broadcasters, bloggers and programmers from across Canada. Jury members are selected annually by the Polaris Board of Directors. The Polaris Jury consists of 196 members from local and national media who display a wide breadth and depth of knowledge of Canadian music and passion for discovering new albums.

All jury members submit a ballot indicating their Top 5 albums of the year; the results form the Polaris Prize Long List and, after a second round of voting, the Polaris Prize Short List. An 11-member Grand Jury is selected each year to convene at the Polaris Awards gala, where they determine the Polaris Prize Winner. To ensure an impartial outcome, no one with direct financial relationships with artists is eligible to become a jury member. The organization itself is a registered, not-for-profit corporation.

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Gregory Adams

The Georgia Straight, Exclaim

Dave Alexander

Rue Morgue magazine

Alicia Atout

A Music Blog, Yea?

Patrick Baillargeon

Voir, Huffington Post

Michael Barclay

Maclean's, Radio Free Canuckistan

Meaghan Baxter

Vue Weekly

Adrien Begrand

Decibel, Terrorizer, Hellbound, Iron Fist, NPR, Stereogum, PopMatters

Cédric Bélanger

Journal de Québec

Mike Bell

Calgary Herald

Stuart Berman

Pitchfork, CBC Radio

Yves Bernard

Le Devoir, CIBL

Paul Blinov

Vue Weekly

Karen Bliss

Billboard and others

Olivier Boisvert-Magnen

Voir, CISM, Feu à volonté, BRBR

Jacques Boivin - CKRL 89,1

Dave Bookman


James Booth

CBC Radio 3

Greg Bouchard

Freelance Journalist

Adam Bowie

The Daily Gleaner

Rob Bowman

free lance

Ryan Bresee

CKCU 93.1 FM

Laurie Brown

CBC Radio2

Scott Brown

CHMA 106.9FM

Alain Brunet

La Presse

Stephen Carlick


Lorraine Carpenter

Cult MTL

Matt Carter

Michel Cécyre

Recherchiste/programmateur musical pour Ici musique

Lisa Christiansen

CBC Radio One

Brian Cleveland

Local-FM/!earshot 20

Shawn Conner

The Snipe News, Vancouver Sun

JD Considine

The Globe And Mail, Downbeat and Revolver

Stephen Cooke

The Chronicle Herald

Emilie Cote

La Presse

Alexandre Courteau


Del Cowie

CBC Music

Jamieson Cox

The Verge

Tom Coxworth


Alan Cross

102.1 the Edge

David Dalley

Hip Hop Vancouver

Chris Dart

CBC Music, Torontoist, Exclaim

Morgane de Capèle

Huffington Post Québec / Freelance

Stuart Derdeyn

The Province/Postmedia Network Inc.

Patrice Desmarais

CFLX Sherbrooke

Mike Devlin

Times Colonist newspaper

Jim Di Gioia

Quick Before It Melts

Mary Dickie

freelance journalist

Mike Doherty

National Post, etc.

Kerry Doole

FYI Music News

Raina Douris


Howard Druckman

SOCAN Words & Music magazine

T'Cha Dunlevy

Montreal Gazette

Anthony Easton

freelance journalist

Michael Elves

101.5 UMFM

Jessica Emond-Ferrat

Journal Métro

Tiana Feng

Ride the Tempo

Mitch Fillion

Southern Souls, Massey Hall

Matthew Fisher

Erin Flynn

CHUO 89.1 FM & !earshot

Christine Fortier

Voir, CISM,, 7Jours, TV Hebdo, Moi & Cie

Marie-Ève Fortin

CISM 89,3 FM, Le Canal Auditif, POP Montréal

Simon Fournier

Rythme fm / The Beat 92.5

Luke Fox

freelance journalist

Lana Gay

CBC Radio 3/ CBC Music

Raphael Gendron-Martin

Journal de Montréal

Catherine Genest


Carla Gillis

NOW Magazine

John Goodman

North Shore News

Ian Gormely


Russell Gragg

CKDU Radio, Halifax Examiner

Sarah Greene

Exclaim!, NOW Magazine

Chaka V. Grier

Freelance Journalist

Elena Gritzan

Silent Shout

Michael-Oliver Harding


Ty Harper

Emma Healey


Stuart Henderson

Exclaim! Magazine

Melissa Hetu


Donna Hopper

SooToday, Village Media

Josiah Hughes

Fast Forward Weekly, Exclaim!, AUX

Peter Hum

The Ottawa Citizen

Juliette Jagger

Freelance Journalist

Nicholas Jennings

Hello, Words & Music, Penguin Eggs

Katie Jensen

Weird Canada, Music Between Friends, The Imposter

Kyle Joe

Bell Media

Stephanie Johns

The Coast

James Keast


Daryl Keating

Exclaim!, THUMP

Ken Kelley, The Times & Transcript, Canadian Musician, Huff Post Canada

Gina Kennedy

SiriusXM Canada Music Programming and Host

Vish Khanna

Kreative Kontrol

Kate Killet

Sidewalk Hustle

Andrew King

Canadian Musician Magazine

Jesse Kinos-Goodin

CBC Music

Sarah Kitteringham

Freelance Journalist

Bob Klanac


Joshua Kloke

NOW, Chart, Noisey

Nick Krewen

Toronto Star,, Words & Music, Songwriters Magazine,

Louis-Philippe Labrèche

Liisa Ladouceur

freelance journalist

Kevin Laforest


Lisa Lagace

Turn The Record Over + Freelance

Pierre Landry

CHOM 97.7 & Freelancer

Melody Lau

CBC Music

Grant Lawrence

CBC Music

Marc-Xavier (Bones) LeBlanc

freelance, CKUM 93.5FM, Studio LAB Sessions

Marie LeBlanc Flanagan

weird canada

Julie Ledoux


Adrian Lee


Erik Leijon

freelance journalist

Bruce Leperre

Winnipeg Free Press, 730 CKDM

Chandler Levack

Antoine Léveillée

Freelance (BRBR - TFO / Bridgehead Media) -

Cam Lindsay

MUCH, Exclaim!, Noisey, AUX

Julia Lipscombe

Freelance Journalist

Sarah Liss

The Grid, Flare, Reader's Digest

Devon Little


Jesse Locke


Darcy MacDonald

columnist/contributor, CultMTL; former Montreal Mirror; former CJLO Concordia University Radio

Jason MacNeil,

Francois Marchand

The Vancouver Sun

Barnaby Marshall

New Canadian Music, Slaight Music

Christine McAvoy

3am Revelations

Stephanie McKay

Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Ryan McNutt

Freelance Journalist

Marie Mello

RFI Musique / [mariemello]

bob mersereau


Max Mertens


Sean Michaels


Anupa Mistry

The Grid, SPIN, Rolling Stone

Guillaume Moffet


Sébastien Moffet

freelance, Le Canal Auditf

Marc-André Mongrain, CIBL 101,5

Chris Morin

Planet S Magazine, Ominocity,

Dave Morris

CBC Arts

Alan Neal

CBC Radio One

Samantha O'Connor

The 405

Josh O'Kane

The Globe and Mail

Joshua Ostroff

Huffington Post Canada

Renato Pagnani

Pitchfork, Edmonton Journal

Philippe Papineau

Le Devoir

Roch Parisien

Rocon Communications

Nick Patch

Toronto Star

Ryan B. Patrick


André Péloquin


Catherine Pogonat


Benoit Poirier


Mitch Pollock

q on CBC Radio 1

Tom Power

CBC Radio

Michael Rancic


Chris Randle

Hazlitt, various other places

Alan Ranta


Benjamin Rayner

Toronto Star

James Reaney

The London Free Press

Mark Rheaume

CBC Radio

Alexandra Rimmington


Trevor Risk

ION, Uproxx,

Noah Sabourin

LiVE 88.5

Joni Sadler


Fateema Sayani

Ottawa Magazine

Jean-Étienne Sheehy

freelance journalist

Tabassum Siddiqui

Freelance journalist

Craig Silliphant

Planet S Magazine, Prairie Dog Magazine, The Feedback Society

Darryl Smith

CKDU Music Director

Sandra Sperounes

Edmonton Journal

Laura Stanley

Grayowl Point, Exclaim!, freelancer

Ian Steaman

Gregg Stewart

Bell Media

Sarah Sussman


Ric Taylor

View Magazine, 93.3 CFMU FM

Jamie Tennant

Program Director 93.3 CFMU FM Hamilton, music writer Hamilton Magazine, freelancer

Donald Teplyske,,

Valerie Therien


Laura Thompson


Nicolas Tittley

musiqueplus, musimax, elle quebec, radio-canada

Greg Torrington


Richard Trapunski

Chart Attack

Alex Varty

Georgia Straight, Musicworks

Phil Villeneuve


Natalie Zina Walschots


Andrea Warner

CBC Music, Exclaim! and other freelance

Jason Wellwood

CILU 102.7fm,

Brad Wheeler

Globe and Mail

Adam White

Carl Wilson

Freelance Journalist

Lisa Wilton

Freelance Journalist

Curtis Wright

Vue Weekly

Natalia Wysocka

Journal Métro

Adria Young

The Coast, Noisey, VICE.Com, AUX.TV, Exclaim, East Coast Music Awards, Halifax Pop Explosion, Sappy Fest

Anna Zee

Q104 Music Director/Mid-day Announcer

Jordan Zivitz

Montreal Gazette

Aaron Zorgel

Complex Canada

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