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.
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:
Danko Jones is this year’s guest musician juror.
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.