Voting Open For Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize

Along with the naming of Pierre Kwenders as the winner of the 2022 Polaris Music Prize last week came the announcement of the candidates for the 2022 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize has opened, with an Oct. 14 (8 pm ET / 5 pm PT) deadline. As with its companion award, the Polaris Music Prize, winners and nominees for the Heritage Prize are also Canadian albums of artistic distinction, without regard to sales, genre or affiliation. This is the Polaris version of a hall of fame which seeks to honour meritorious Canadian albums that pre-date when Polaris began in 2006. 

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. Both winning albums will be revealed on Oct. 21. 

This year there are 12 nominated albums up for consideration: 

Lillian Allen
Revolutionary Tea Party

Bran Van 3000

Leonard Cohen
Various Positions

Four The Moment
We’re Still Standing

k.d. lang

Kardinal Offishall
Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Vol 1

Martha and the Muffins
This is the Ice Age

Wayne McGhie & The Sounds of Joy
Wayne McGhie & The Sounds of Joy

Cash Crop

...And No One Else Wanted To Play

Set Yourself on Fire

The Weakerthans
Left and Leaving

This year’s Heritage list features six returning nominated albums (Revolutionary Tea Party, Glee, Ingénue, This is the Ice Age, Set Yourself on Fire, and Left and Leaving) and six first-time album nominations (Various Positions, We’re Still Standing, Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Vol 1, Wayne McGhie & The Sounds of Joy, Cash Crop and ...And No One Else Wanted To Play). 

Go HERE to vote.  Voters can submit ballots once per day. 

Heritage Prize winners are commemorated with limited-edition artwork commissioned and inspired by the music on these designated albums. Examples of past winners’ works can be found HERE.

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