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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

Glenn Alderson

BeatRoute Magazine

Dave Alexander

Rue Morgue magazine

Alicia Atout

A Music Blog, Yea?

Patrick Baillargeon

Voir, Huffington Post

Michael Barclay

Maclean's, Radio Free Canuckistan

René Beaudin


Adrien Begrand

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

Cédric Bélanger

Journal de Québec

Mike Bell

Calgary Herald

Stuart Berman

The Grid, Pitchfork

Yves Bernard

Le Devoir, CIBL

Chris Bilton

VICE Canada

Paul Blinov

Vue Weekly

Karen Bliss

Billboard and others

Dave Bookman


James Booth

CBC Radio 3

Greg Bouchard

Radio Cannon & Freelance

Adam Bowie

The Daily Gleaner

Rob Bowman

free lance

Ryan Bresee

CKCU 93.1 FM

Aaron Brophy

Risky Fuel

Laurie Brown

CBC Radio2

Alain Brunet

La Presse

Adam Bunch

The Little Red Umbrella, The Toronto Historical Jukebox

Stephen Carlick


Lorraine Carpenter

Cult MTL

Ashley Carter


Michel Cécyre

Recherchiste/programmateur musical pour Ici musique

Lisa Christiansen

CBC Radio One

Shawn Conner

The Snipe, Vancouver Sun

JD Considine

Globe and Mail, Revolver

Stephen Cooke

The Chronicle Herald

Jim Corcoran

CBC Radio

Sarah Cordingley


Emilie Cote

La Presse

Alexandre Courteau


Del Cowie


Jamieson Cox

TIME, Pitchfork, Myspace, BuzzFeed,, Noisey

Tom Coxworth


Alan Cross

102.1 the Edge; A Journal of Musical Things; Flink.TO

Chris Dart

CBC Music, Torontoist, Exclaim

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, Exclaim!, Words & Music, FYI Music News

Raina Douris


Howard Druckman

SOCAN Editor in Chief

Katherine Duncan

CBC Radio 1 & 2

T'Cha Dunlevy

Montreal Gazette

Anthony Easton

freelance journalist

Michael Elves

101.5 UMFM

Jessica Emond-Ferrat

Journal Métro

Mitch Fillion

Southern Souls, Massey Hall

Marie Flanagan

weird canada

Christine Fortier

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

Simon Fournier

Rythme fm / The Beat 92.5

Luke Fox

Exclaim!, Vibe, freelance

Brad Frenette


Doug Gallant

The Guardian

Lana Gay

CBC Radio 3/ CBC Music

Carla Gillis

NOW Magazine

John Goodman

North Shore News

Ian Gormely

Exclaim!, Metro News

Sarah Greene

Exclaim!, NOW Magazine

Michael-Oliver Harding


Ty Harper

Stuart Henderson

Exclaim! Magazine

Melissa Hetu


Donna Hopper, Village Media

Alex Hudson

Exclaim!, Georgia Straight, Chipped Hip, BeatRoute

Josiah Hughes

Fast Forward Weekly, Exclaim!, AUX

Peter Hum

The Ottawa Citizen

Nicholas Jennings

Hello, Words & Music, Penguin Eggs

Kyle Joe

Bell Media

Stephanie Johns

The Coast

Daryl Keating


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

Gina Kennedy

SiriusXM Canada Music Programming and Host

Vish Khanna

Kreative Kontrol

Andrew King

Canadian Musician Magazine

Anthony King

CKUA Radio Network

Jesse Kinos-Goodin

CBC Music

Sarah Kitteringham

BeatRoute Magazine, Exclaim!, Iron Fist Magazine, Noisey

Bob Klanac

The Beat Magazine, London, Ont

Joshua Kloke

NOW Magazine, Chart Attack, Exclaim

Nick Krewen

Toronto Star,, Words & Music, Songwriters Magazine,

Liisa Ladouceur

freelance journalist

Kevin Laforest


Pierre Landry

CHOM 97.7 & Freelancer

Melody Lau

Much, Exclaim!, Under The Radar, Pitchfork

Grant Lawrence

CBC Music

Marc-Xavier LeBlanc

freelance, CKUM 93.5FM, IPN with BONES

Julia LeConte

Edmonton Journal, Freelance

Julie Ledoux


Erik Leijon

freelance journalist

Bruce Leperre

Winnipeg Free Press, 730 CKDM

Chandler Levack


Antoine Léveillée

Freelance (BRBR - TFO)

Cam Lindsay

MUCH, Exclaim!, Noisey, AUX

Sarah Liss

The Grid, Flare, Reader's Digest

Darcy MacDonald

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

Jason MacNeil,

Francois Marchand

The Vancouver Sun

Calum Marsh

Pitchfork, Esquire, Playboy, Maxim

Barnaby Marshall

New Canadian Music, Slaight Music

Stéphane Martel

Freelance Journalist

Christine McAvoy

3am Revelations

Stephanie McKay

Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Ryan McNutt


bob mersereau


Max Mertens

Freelance (Vice Canada, Noisey Music, NME, Rolling Stone, Exclaim!, NOW Magazine, CBC Music, Consequence of Sound, Toronto Star, etc.)

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

The Globe and Mail,

Alan Neal

CBC Radio One

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

Slava Pastuk

Noisey Editor, Vice

Nick Patch

The Canadian Press

Ryan B. Patrick


André Péloquin


David Perri

Catherine Pogonat


Benoit Poirier


Mitch Pollock

q on CBC Radio 1

Tom Power

CBC Radio/CBC Music

Chris Randle

Hazlitt, various other places

Alan Ranta

Exclaim!, PopMatters, Tiny Mix Tapes

Benjamin Rayner

Toronto Star

James Reaney

The London Free Press

Scott Reid


Mark Rheaume

CBC Radio

Alexandra Rimmington


Trevor Risk

ION, Uproxx,

Olivier Robillard Laveaux

Musique Plus, Radio-Canada, Voir

Graham Rockingham

Hamilton Spectator

Noah Sabourin

LiVE 88.5

Joni Sadler

CKUT 90.3 FM

John Sakamoto

Toronto Star

Andreanne Sasseville


Fateema Sayani

Ottawa Magazine

john sekerka

chuo-fm, theRevue, hipCRANK

Jean-Étienne Sheehy

freelance journalist

Tabassum Siddiqui

Freelance journalist

Craig Silliphant

Planet S Magazine, The Feedback Society, Ominocity

Sandy Smith

Slowcoustic Music Blog

Darryl Smith

CKDU Music Director

Mykael Sopher

Painting Over Silence

Sandra Sperounes

Edmonton Journal

Ian Steaman

Gregg Stewart

Bell Media

Jared Story

Metro Winnipeg

Sam Sutherland


Dominic Tardif

Voir, La Nouvelle.

Ric Taylor

View Magazine, 93.3 CFMU FM

Jamie Tennant

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

Mark Teo


Donald Teplyske,,

Valerie Therien


Brock Thiessen


Laura Thompson


Nicolas Tittley

musiqueplus, musimax, elle quebec, radio-canada

Greg Torrington


Richard Trapunski

Chart Attack

Allison Van Rassel


Nicole Villeneuve


Phil Villeneuve


Eric Volmers

Calgary Herald

Jay Walker

Chom 977fm & Global tv

Natalie Zina Walschots


Andrea Warner

CBC Music, Exclaim! and other freelance

Jason Wellwood

CILU 102.7fm,

Brad Wheeler

Globe and Mail

Darby Wheeler

CBC Strombo Show

Carl Wilson

Slate, Globe & Mail, Hazlitt

Lisa Wilton

Freelance, Metro Calgary

Curtis Wright

Vue Weekly

Natalia Wysocka

Journal Métro

Anna Zee

Q104 Music Director/Mid-day Announcer

Jordan Zivitz

Montreal Gazette

Aaron Zorgel

Complex Canada

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