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About The Heritage Prize

Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize
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The Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize honours Canadian albums of the past. Like the Polaris Music Prize, winners and nominees for the Heritage Prize are albums of the artistic distinction, without regards 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.

2021 Key Dates

September 27, 2021 — Voting opens.
October 18, 2021, 8 p.m. ET — Voting closes.
October 26, 2021 — Winning albums revealed.


The 2021 Heritage Prize jury is:
Michael Barclay
Elizabeth Chorney-Booth
Del Cowie
Francella Fiallos
Stuart Henderson
Ken Kelley
Bob Klanac
Anupa Mistry
Catherine Pogonat
Tabassum Siddiqui

Mary Dickie is this jury’s foreperson.

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.

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