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First Round Of Performers Announced For 2019 Polaris Gala

The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music, has announced the first round of performers at the 2019 Polaris Gala.

Taking place September 16 at The Carlu in Toronto, the following Polaris Short List-nominated acts are confirmed to play:

Marie Davidson
Elisapie
Dominique Fils-Aimé
PUP
Shad

Public tickets to the gala are limited and will go on sale via Ticketmaster at 2 p.m. ET on August 2. More performers will be announced August 12.

As per tradition, the 2019 Polaris Music Prize-winning album will be determined at this year’s gala. CBC Music’s Raina Douris will host the gala, which will also be live-streamed globally at cbcmusic.ca/polaris.

The Polaris Music Prize awards $50,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year, judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre or record sales. Additionally, the nine other nominated acts whose albums made the 2019 Short List will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music.

Albums eligible for 2019 Polaris Music Prize consideration must be released between May 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019. An independent jury of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada determine the Long List and Short List. Eleven people from the larger jury pool are then chosen to serve on the Grand Jury. This Grand Jury convene on the night of the Gala to select the Polaris Music Prize winner.

The past winners of the Prize are: Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).

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