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Jury


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 over 200 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.


Jury Members

Jessica Émond-Ferrat
Journal Métro

Gregory Adams
Georgia Straight

Glenn Alderson
BeatRoute

Dave Alexander
Rue Morgue

Amanda Ash
Edmonton Journal

Garvia Bailey
CBC Radio 1

Patrick Baillargeon
Voir

Michael Barclay
Maclean's; Radio Free Canuckistan

René Beaudin
Musique Plus

Adrien Begrand
MSN

Cedric Belanger
Journal De Quebec

Mike Bell
Calgary Herald

Denise Benson
The Grid

Stuart Berman
The Grid

Yves Bernard
Le Devoir

Chris Bilton
The Grid

Patrick Binette
Galaxie

Laurent K. Blais
10KILOS.US

Paul Blinov
Vue Weekly

Karen Bliss
freelance journalist

Benjamin Boles
freelance journalist

Dave Bookman
Indie 88.1

James Booth
CBC Radio 3

Gregory Bouchard
Midnight Poutine

Adam Bowie
Daily Gleaner

Rob Bowman
York University

Ryan Bresee
CKCU

Aaron Brophy
Risky Fuel

Laurie Brown
CBC Radio 2

Alain Brunet
La Presse

Adam Bunch
Little Red Umbrella

Sebastian Buzzalino
BeatRoute

Émilie Côté
La Presse

Michel Cécyre
Radio Canada

Stephen Carlick
Exclaim!

Lorraine Carpenter
CULTmtl

Ashley Carter
Aux.tv

Marsha Casselman
Resonancity.com

Sharlene Chiu
MTV Canada

Lisa Christiansen
CBC Radio 1

Leah Collins
dose.ca

Shawn Conner
The Snipe News

J.D. Considine
The Globe And Mail

Stephen Cooke
The Chronicle Herald

Jim Corcoran
CBC Radio: À Propos

Sarah Cordingley
CiTR

Andrea-Jane Cornell
CKUT

Alexandre Courteau
freelance journalist

Del F. Cowie
Exclaim!

Jamieson Coxworth
Pitchfork

Tom Coxworth
CKUA

Alan Cross
Indie 88.1

Chris Dart
Freelance Journalist

Stuart Derdeyn
Vancouver Province

Mike Devlin
Times Colonist

Jim Di Gioia
Quick Before It Melts

Mary Dickie
freelance journalist

Mike Doherty
National Post

Raina Douris
Indie 88.1

Howard Druckman
Words and Music

Katherine Duncan
CBC Radio

T'Cha Dunlevy
Montreal Gazette

Anthony Easton
The Singles Jukebox

Michael Elves
101.5 UMFM

Mitch Fillion
Southern Souls

Christine Fortier
CISM

Simon Fournier
Rouge FM

Luke Fox
Exclaim!

Yuani Fragata
Espace Musique

Brad Frenette
CBC music

Doug Gallant
The Guardian
Lana Gay
CBC Radio 3

Jian Ghomeshi
Q

Carla Gillis
NOW

John Goodman
North Shore News

Ian Gormely
CHRY

James Hale
DownBeat magazine

Michael-Oliver Harding
Nightlife.ca

Ty Harper
City On My Back

Stuart Henderson
PopMatters

Jenny Henkelman
CKUW

Melissa Hetu
TFO

Johnny Hockin
freelance journalist

Donna Hopper
Soo Today

Alex Hudson
Chipped Hip

Josiah Hughes
ffwd

Peter Hum
The Ottawa Citizen

Dave Jaffer
freelance journalist

Nicholas Jennings
freelance journalist

Kyle Joe
MuchMusic

Stephanie Johns
The Coast

Ben Kaplan
National Post

Ken Kelley
MusicNerd Chronicles

Gina Kennedy
Sirius XM - The Verge

Vish Khanna
freelance journalist

Andrew King
Canadian Musician

Tony King
CKUA

Bob Klanac
The Beat Magazine

Nick Krewen
freelance journalist

Antoine Léveillé
Voir

Marc-André Labonte
CISM

Liisa Ladouceur
Polaris ex officio

Kevin Laforest
freelance journalist

Olivier Lalande
Nightlife Magazine

Pierre Landry
CBC Radio 1

Justin Lanoue
CFUV

Melody Lau
freelance journalist

Olivier Laveaux
freelance journalist

Grant Lawrence
CBC Radio 3

Marc Xavier Leblanc
freelance journalist

Julia LeConte
Now

Erik Leijon
freelance journalist

Bruce Leperre
CKDM

Chandler Levack
Maissoneuve

Aaron Levin
Weird Canada

Cam Lindsay
Much Music

Sarah Liss
The Grid

Jesse Locke
Weird Canada

Jason MacNeil
freelance journalist

Alex J. MacPherson
Verb Magazine

Francois Marchand
Vancouver Sun

Daniel Marcoux
CKRL

Calum Marsh
cokemachineglow

Stéphane Martel
Paroles & Musique

Christine McAvoy
Vancouver is Awesome

Aubrey McInnis
freelance journalist

Stephanie McKay
Star Phoenix

Steve McLean
freelance journalist

Ryan McNutt
McNutt Against The Music

Mark Medley
National Post

Robert Mersereau
CBC

Sean Michaels
Said The Gramophone

Anupa Mistry
freelance journalist

Guillaume Moffet
Voir

Sébastien Moffet
CHYZ

Marc-André Mongrain
Sors-tu.ca

Chris Morin
Planet S

Dave Morris
freelance journalist

Alan Neal
CBC Radio One

Jamie O'Meara
freelance journalist

Joshua Ostroff
Spinner Canada

Renato Pagnani
Edmonton Journal
Philippe Papineau
Le Devoir

Roch Parisien
Rocon Communications

Nick Patch
Canadian Press

Ryan B. Patrick
Freelance Journalist

Andre Peloquin
Voir

David Perri
Brave Words

Catherine Pogonat
Radio Canada

Tom Power
CBC Radio 2

Chris Randle
Freelance Journalist

Alan Ranta
Tiny Mix Tapes

Ben Rayner
Toronto Star

Scott Reid
cokemachineglow

Phillipe Rezzonico
Ruerezzonico

Mark Rheaume
CBC

Jason Richards
MuchMusic

Alexandra Rimmington
CFRU

Trevor Risk
Ion Magazine

Li Robbins
CBC music

Graham Rockingham
The Hamilton Spectator

Noah Sabourin
Live 88.5

Joni Sadler
CKUT

John Sakamoto
Toronto Star

Andreanne Sasseville
SiriusXM

Lynn Saxberg
Ottawa Citizen

Fateema Sayani
Ottawa Magazine

John Sekerka
Xpress

Jean-Etienne Sheehy
freelance journalist

Tabassum Siddiqui
freelance journalist

Craig Silliphant
Planet S

Darryl Smith
CKDU

Sandy Smith
Slowcoustic.com

Mykael Sopher
Painting Over Silence

Sandra Sperounes
Edmonton Journal

Ian Steaman
Different Kitchen

Gregg Stewart
MuchMusic

James Stewart-Reaney
The London Free Press

Jared Story
Uptown

Sam Sutherland
aux.tv

Dominic Tardif
Voir

Ric Taylor
View

James Tennant
CFMU

Mark Teo
Aux.tv

Donald Teplyske
Red Deer Advocate

Brock Thiessen
Exclaim!

Laura Thompson
CBC

Nicolas Tittley
Musique Plus

Greg Torrington
Galaxie

Lauren Toyota
MuchMusic

Richard Trapunski
ChartAttack

Allison Van Rassel
CBC

Nicole Villeneuve
Aux.tv

Phil Villeneuve
Fab Magazine

Eric Volmers
Calgary Herald

Jay Walker
CHOM

Andrea Warner
CBC Music

Matt Wells
MuchMoreMusic

Jason Wellwood
Hellbound.ca

Brad Wheeler
The Globe And Mail

Darby Wheeler
freelance journalist

Patrick White
Huffington Post Quebec

Allan Wigney
The Wig

Carl Wilson
The Globe And Mail

Lisa Wilton
Calgary Sun

Curtis Wright
freelance journalist

Natalia Wysocka
Metro

Anna Zee
Q104

Natalie Zina Walschots
Exclaim!

Jordan Zivitz
Montreal Gazette

Jen Zoratti
Winnipeg Free Press