2016 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize Nominees Revealed, Voting Open
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:
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
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
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
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.
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
Cowboy Junkies – The Trinity Session
Sloan – Twice Removed
00s (2000 – 2005)
Peaches – The Teaches Of Peaches