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Polaris Music Prize And CBC Music’s Signature The Ten Radio Special Series Is Back For Short List Summer

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The summer is going to be filled with the sounds of the Short List once again.

For the fourth straight season, CBC Music, the presenting partner of the Polaris Music Prize, will launch its signature Short List Summer programming to showcase the 10 nominated albums on the 2024 Polaris Short List, which will be revealed July 11 on CBC Music.

Listeners will be the first to find out which 10 albums make the Polaris Short List live on Thursday, July 11 as part of a two-hour event hosted by Damhnait Doyle starting at 3 p.m. local time (4 p.m. AT, 4:30 NT) and available across Canada on CBC Music and CBC Listen. The special will reveal one nominee every 12 minutes along with music from the nominated albums and insight from Polaris jurors. The Short List comes a month after the reveal of the 40-album 2024 Polaris Long List, which was announced  June 11 in Toronto and was determined by the 207 members of the Polaris jury.

Anchoring the Short List Summer programming will be THE TEN radio series, featuring 10 separate Polaris specials taking an in-depth look at each of this year’s Short List nominees, all leading up to the 2024 Polaris Music Prize winner announcement, which  will take place on Tuesday, September 17 at the Polaris Gala, being held at the historic Massey Hall in Toronto, Ontario. Tickets to the Polaris Gala are available now.

CBC Music’s THE TEN radio specials will be hosted by Odario Williams, broadcasting each Sunday on CBC Music and CBC Listen at 6 p.m. (6:30 NT) starting Sunday, July 14, until Sunday, September 15. Each one-of-a-kind episode of THE TEN will feature   a discussion about the shortlisted album with music writers and Polaris jurors from around the country, along with a deep album listening session.. A more detailed radio schedule will be announced along with the reveal of the 10 nominated Short List albums on July 11.

CBC Music will also kick into high gear with Polaris Short List coverage on, diving into one nominated album each week, beginning Monday, July 15. Follow CBC Music on YouTube ShortsInstagram and TikTok for Polaris Music Prize content that will explore the Short List albums and the artists behind them.

The Polaris Music Prize awards $50,000 courtesy of Slaight Family Foundation, going to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year, judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre or record sales.


Albums eligible for 2024 Polaris Music Prize consideration must be released between April 1, 2023 and May 1, 2024. An independent jury of musical selectors from across Canada and the adjoining unceded Indigenous lands determines 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 then convenes to select the Polaris Music Prize winner.


The past winners are Debby Friday (2023), Pierre Kwenders (2022), Cadence Weapon (2021), Backxwash (2020), Haviah Mighty (2019), 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).


June 11 – Long List Announcement: The Long List is where Polaris reveals the 40 nominated albums that will be considered for a given year’s Prize.

July 11 – Short List Announcement: Selected from the 40 album Long List, the Short List is where Polaris reveals the 10 finalist albums that will be considered for a given year’s Prize.

September 17 – Polaris Gala: Our prestige winner reveal event, the Polaris Gala features live musical performances from the nominated acts on the Polaris Short List. The Polaris Prize winner is determined by an 11-member Polaris Grand Jury selected from the greater Polaris juror pool.

October 2024 – Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize: The Heritage Prize is a hall of fame-minded critics prize/public polling campaign meant to celebrate classic Canadian albums created before Polaris began in 2006. Like the Polaris Music Prize, winners and nominees of the Heritage Prize are albums of the highest artistic distinction, without regard to sales or affiliations.

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.

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