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Polaris Music Prize 2019 Key Dates Announced

Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music, has revealed its key dates for 2019.

The 40 album Long List will be announced June 20. The 10 album Short List will be unveiled on July 16. This year’s Polaris Gala is September 16 at The Carlu in Toronto, Ont.

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 make 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 June 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.

Past winners have included 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).

Polaris Music Prize 2019 Key Dates:

June 20 – Long List announcement
July 16 – Short List announcement
September 16 – Polaris Music Prize Gala at The Carlu, Toronto, ON

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