The Short List for the Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize has been released. The winning albums from each era will be determined by a public vote that remains open through until Oct. 17, and the results made public on Oct. 24.
For those with keen eyes and sharp memories, the range periods for the four eras have been changed, and this year each period will have two winners--one selected by the public and one by a jury pool.
Among the nominees for the 1960 to 1975 prizes are two albums from both The Band and Neil Young.
In the prize window for 1976 to 1985 are a number of notables from the era that include Martha and the Muffins, Rough Trade, and Bruce Cockburn’s breakthrough album, Stealing Fire.
From 1986 to 1995, contenders include Blue Rodeo's 5 Days in July, Maestro Fresh Wes' Symphony in Effect, Sarah McLachlan's Fumbling Towards Ecstasy and Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill.
And for the 1996 to 2006 period, Arcade Fire's Funeral, Feist's Let It Die, k-os' Joyful Rebellion, and Lhasa de Sela’s La Llorona are included.
It’s a trip down memory lane, and a reminder of how rich a vault of treasures Canada’s musicians produced.
A tribute concert celebrating the winners will be produced in 2017 by the Roy Thomson / Massey Hall programming team.
Here are the nominated albums:
The Band – Music from Big Pink
The Band – The Band
Robert Charlebois & Louise Forestier – Lindberg
Leonard Cohen – Songs of Leonard Cohen
Gordon Lightfoot – Lightfoot!
Joni Mitchell – Court and Spark
The Oscar Peterson Trio – Night Train
Jackie Shane – Live
Neil Young – Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Neil Young – After The Gold Rush
Bruce Cockburn – Stealing Fire
D.O.A. – Hardcore ’81
Fifth Column – To Sir with Hate
Glenn Gould – Bach: The Goldberg Variations
Martha and the Muffins – This is the Ice Age
Kate & Anna McGarrigle – Kate & Anna McGarrigle
Jackie Mittoo – Show Case Volume 3
Rough Trade – Avoid Freud
Rush – Moving Pictures
Leroy Sibbles – On Top
Blue Rodeo – Five Days in July
Dream Warriors – And Now the Legacy Begins
Maestro Fresh Wes – Symphony in Effect
Daniel Lanois – Acadie
Sarah McLachlan – Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
Main Source – Breaking Atoms
Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill
Mary Margaret O’Hara – Miss America
John Oswald – Plunderphonics
The Tragically Hip – Fully Completely
Arcade Fire – Funeral
Bran Van 3000 – Glee
Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It In People
Constantines – Shine A Light
The Dears – No Cities Left
Destroyer – Streethawk
Esthero – Breath From Another
Feist – Let It Die
k-os – Joyful Rebellion
Lhasa de Sela – La Llorona
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