2023 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize Voting Is Now Open
Voting for the 2023 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize has opened. This annual campaign encourages public voting to discover and support exceptional Canadian music albums from the past. The companion award to the Polaris Music Prize, winners and nominees for the Heritage Prize are also Canadian albums of artistic distinction, without regard to sales, genre or affiliation. This is our version of a hall of fame where we try to honour meritorious Canadian albums that pre-date when Polaris began in 2006.
Go HERE to vote.
This year there are 12 nominated albums up for consideration:
Beau Dommage — Beau Dommage
The Guess Who — American Woman
k-os — Exit
k.d. lang — Absolute Torch and Twang
Jean Leloup — Le dôme
Maestro Fresh-Wes — Symphony In Effect
Sarah McLachlan — Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
Plastikman — Consumed
Rap Essentials Volume One
Robbie Robertson — Robbie Robertson
Skinny Puppy — Bites
Spoons — Arias & Symphonies
Heritage Prize balloting was officially opened on Tuesday, Sept. 19 during the 2023 Polaris Gala, where Debby Friday’s Good Luck album was awarded the 18th annual Polaris Music Prize.
Two of these albums will receive Heritage Prize designation this year. One album will be chosen by public vote campaign and a second will be determined by a Heritage Prize jury made up of music media and music historians.
Voters will be able to submit ballots once per day. Voting closes Friday, Oct. 13 at 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT. The new Heritage Prize designates will be revealed Thursday, Oct. 19.
Heritage Prize winners are commemorated with limited-edition artwork commissioned and inspired by the music on these designated albums. Examples of past winners’ works, including those honouring the likes of last year’s winners SNFU and Four The Moment, can be found HERE.
This year’s Heritage Prize jury included Rudy Blair, Olivier Boisvert-Magnen, Dany Gallant, Barbi Castelvi, DJ MelBoogie, Phyllis Grant, Sandra Sperounes, Daniel Tate, Coreen Wolanski, Jen Zoratti, and official guest musician juror, Emm Gryner.
Thirty-seven albums have received Heritage Prize designation since its introduction in 2015. Past winning albums include Beverly Glenn-Copeland’s Keyboard Fantasies, Feist’s Let It Die, Lhasa de Sela’s La Llorona, and Rush’s Moving Pictures.
We acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.