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Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize


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 regards to sales or affiliations.

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2019 Winners

Hardcore ’81

"It's pretty cool for D.O.A. and our fans to have Hardcore 81 recognized by Polaris. When it was released, we never realized that this album would give birth to the hardcore music genre and make an impact around the world. So this is an amazing moment for us."

D.O.A.’s Joey ‘Shithead’ Keithley

The Oscar Peterson Trio
Night Train

"I am elated with the news that Oscar’s seminal recording, Night Train, is receiving the Polaris Heritage Prize. How deeply honoured I am on Oscar's behalf, knowing how humbled he would be to realize this recording remains significant more than 65 years after its release. It’s especially gratifying because this record contains the absolute original version of what is perhaps his most significant composition. During the recording session, Norman Granz challenged Oscar to compose a piece on the spot. The result was Hymn To Freedom. My gratitude for this honour knows no bounds. Thank you to all involved with the Polaris Heritage Prize.”

Kelly Peterson

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