Jean-Pierre Ferland Honoured For Jaune Heritage Prize Designation In Montreal Ceremony
The Polaris Music Prize honoured legendary Quebec musician Jean-Pierre Ferland on March 24 in a ceremony at Editorial Avenue / Audiogram Records in Montreal, Quebec celebrating his 1970 album Jaune having recently received Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize designation.
The Heritage Prize award, the Polaris version of a hall of fame, was determined by an expert jury made up of music journalists and historians.
Ferland was joined at the ceremony by his partner Julianne and Jaune collaborator Michel Robidoux. They were presented with a framed tribute poster by Polaris Events Manager Claire Dagenais and Quebec Publicist Magali Ould, and Polaris board member Geneviève Côté of SOCAN. The poster was created by illustrator Estée Preda.
“I am very touched by this award, especially since it comes from outside Quebec,” says Jean-Pierre Ferland. “It’s moving to think that this album still resonates, more than 50 years after it was created. Thanks to the Slaight family for this national recognition, it’s a nice gesture.”
Considered by the jury to be a pillar of Quebec musical history, Jaune was recorded with a cast of elite American studio musicians who, according to Ferland, helped shape his response to a changing musical landscape and a changing world. Jean-Pierre Ferland has recorded more than 30 albums, received the Order Of Canada and was made a knight of the National Order Of Quebec.
Jaune was one of eight 2018 Heritage Prize designated albums. Other winners were:
Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It In People
Bruce Cockburn – Stealing Fire
Dream Warriors – And Now the Legacy Begins
Kid Koala – Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill
Rush – 2112
Neil Young – Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
The Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize honours Canadian albums of the past from four distinct time periods: 1960-75, 1976-85, 1986-95 and 1996-05. Like the Polaris Music Prize, winners and nominees for the Heritage Prize are albums of the artistic distinction, without regard to sales or affiliations.
An exclusive interview with Ferland discussing Jaune on the Polaris Podcast can be heard at the following places: