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2016 Polaris Music Prize Long List To Be Revealed In Whitehorse, Yukon

Welcome to Whitehorse sign from 1950. Photo via City of Whitehorse Facebook page.

Welcome to Whitehorse sign from 1950. Photo via City of Whitehorse Facebook page.

The Polaris Music Prize is heading north. Waaaay north.

The 40 album Long List for the 2016 Polaris Music Prize will be revealed on Wednesday, June 15 at the Yukon Transportation Museum in Whitehorse, Yukon. Presented by CBC Music and produced by Blue Ant Media in conjunction with Yukon Film & Sound Commission, the event will begin at 12 p.m. PT with a special live stream broadcast on the Polaris Facebook page.

CBC Radio 2 will feature a special hour-long broadcast celebrating the Polaris Music Prize Long List on Drive with Rich Terfry at 6 p.m. (6:30 p.m. NT). Local CBC Radio 2 frequencies can be found at or the broadcast can be streamed online at

When we’re not checking out the S.S. Klondike, the world’s tallest mountie and the world’s largest wind vane, Polaris will also be producing a Yukon-focused artists’ event with support from Government of Yukon’s Department of Economic Development. This event will include a panel discussion and demo listening, one-on-one meetings with local Yukon artists.

“On behalf of the Government of Yukon, I look forward to welcoming the Polaris Music Prize to Whitehorse,” Yukon Minister of Economic Development Stacey Hassard said. “We’re pleased to provide support to Music Yukon and Polaris to host an event that will provide developmental feedback and support to our local artists. Congratulations to all of this year’s long-listed artists.”

In recent years Polaris has also unveiled the Long List in Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Halifax. Those attending or tuning in can expect local guests on hand in Whitehorse to help announce the list as well as a special live performance by a 2016 Long List artist.

The Polaris Music Prize will announce the Short List at the Carlu in Toronto on Thursday, July 14 and the winner at the Polaris Gala on Monday, September 19. CBC Music and will stream the Gala live.

These events are also supported in part by Music Yukon, NVD hotels and Yukon Brewing.


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