The Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize was inaugurated last year, to enthusiastic response.
Produced by Blue Ant Media and supported by Slaight Music, the Heritage Prize poses and attempts to answer the question: who would have won or been nominated for Polaris before it started in 2006? The four inaugural winners from 2015 were:
Blue by Joni Mitchell (60s & 70s)
The Trinity Session by Cowboy Junkies (80s)
Twice Removed by Sloan (90s)
The Teaches of Peaches by Peaches (00s: 2000-2005).
These seminal albums will now be further celebrated with a star-studded event to be held at The Great Hall in Toronto on Wednesday, August 3, hosted by CBC Radio 2’s Rich Terfry.
Guests joining the Massey Hall Band, a 15-piece group described as “the type of alternative big-band a guy like Tom Waits might put together,” will be Polaris Heritage Prize winners Peaches and Chris Murphy and Jay Ferguson from Sloan. Also performing will be past Polaris Music Prize nominees The Weather Station (2015, Loyalty), Tanika Charles (2016, Soul Run), Amelia Curran (2010, Hunter, Hunter), Michelle McAdorey (2016, Into Her Future) and more.
In a press release, Polaris Founder and Executive Director Steve Jordan explains that “The idea behind the Heritage Prize – our version of a Hall of Fame – is to spur discussion and discovery of timeless recorded art from our history. Combining Massey Hall Band’s interpretations of the Prize-winning classics and the contributions of the special guests will make for an exciting, inventive and suitably musical tribute for these albums.”
Tickets can be purchased here
Polaris Heritage Prize winner, Peaches has another Toronto show the following night, evening (August 4) as part of the Live at Massey Hall series.
The event also has the backing of the OMDC, FACTOR, Department of Heritage and Canada's private broadcasters.