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The 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.

This year’s winning album reveal will once again take place during the Polaris Gala presented by long-time partner CBC Music, happening September 19, 2023.

This year marks the first time since 2013 where the winner won’t be revealed under the beautiful art moderne ceiling at The Carlu. While Polaris will miss our home for the last decade, the opportunity to host the Polaris Gala at historic 129-year-old Massey Hall, Canada’s marquee live venue, represents a wonderful opportunity to shine an even bigger and brighter spotlight on the Polaris nominees and the exceptional music they make.

The iconic venue will be transformed by “Waveform,” its themed look for the Polaris 2023 season. Designed by Montreal-based artist, Aude Guivarc’h, various iterations of the Waveform will be unveiled throughout Polaris season and will be integrated in the stage design and environment at the Polaris Gala.

This year’s lineup is still to be determined, but dedicated music lovers can snag their tickets now.

“I’ve Got An Academy Award, A Golden Globe, A Couple Of Junos And A Gemini Award. This Is The Only One I Ever Heard That Gives The Artist Money. It’s Real Important”
— Buffy Sainte-Marie, 2015 Winner. Photo taken by Dustin Rabin at 2015 Gala.

“Winning Polaris Is Like Getting A Valentine From The Right Boy”
— Feist, 2012 Winner. Photo by Dustin Rabin taken at 2017 Polaris Gala.


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