Countdown to Long List
Long List / Jun 11
Short List / Jul 11
Polaris Gala / Sep 17
Heritage Prize / Oct TBA

About The Heritage Prize

Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize
Back to Heritage Prize Main Page


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.

Think of the Heritage Prize as our version of a hall of fame where we try to determine who would have been nominated or won the Prize in the years before it started in 2006.

How it works is an 11 person group of Canadian music media and historians gather together each year to create a vote-curated list of 12 Short List-nominated albums from which one album is chosen as a winner via a public vote. Separately, a second album is also chosen by the Heritage Prize jury.

2022 Key Dates

September 19, 2022 — Voting opens.
October 14, 2022, 8 p.m. ET — Voting closes.
October 21, 2022 — Winning albums revealed.


The 2022 Heritage Prize jury is:
Michael Barclay
Elizabeth Chorney-Booth
Erin McLeod
Phyllis Grant
DJ MelBoogie
Morgan Mullin
Darcy MacDonald
Shawn Conner
Sandra Sperounes

Danko Jones is this year’s guest musician juror.

Heritage Prize Posters

Heritage Prize designated albums are commemorated with limited edition silk-screen posters commissioned by visual artists who’ve been inspired by these records.

A small number of these Heritage Prize posters are made available for public sale each year. View these posters.


Stay up to date with the latest in the industry.



Sign Up For Our Annoucement List

By submitting this form, you agree to receive electronic communications from the Polaris Music Prize containing news, updates and promotions regarding the Polaris Music Prize. You may unsubscribe at any time.