Polaris Music Prize

Polaris Music Prize

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July 15, 2020
by Karen Bliss

Previous Polaris Music Prize winners Lido Pimienta, Caribou and Kaytranada get another shot at winning the prestigious $50,000 award for Canadian album of the year when the winner is declared virtually on Oct. 19. The shortlist announcement also includes albums from Jessie Reyez, U.S. Girls, Witch Prophet, Backxwash, Junia-T, nêhiyawak, and Pantayo.

Claire Dagenais - Executive Director, Polaris Music Prize
June 15, 2020
by Karen Bliss

In the wake of the covid-19 pandemic, the Polaris Music Prize, honouring Canada’s album of the year and one that comes with $50,000 for the winner,

March 18, 2020
by FYI Staff

Polaris’ first-ever employee, she has worked on every aspect of the organization since her hire in 2010, and she now assumes the position formerly held by Prize founder Steve Jordan.

Lauren Spencer-Smith Facebook photo
March 2, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Juno nominee Lauren Spencer-Smith (pictured) is featured on American Idol, Polaris Music Prize is critiqued, and a musical homage to Tina Turner. Others in the headlines include Doug and the Slugs, Loverboy, Tafelmusik, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, streaming revenues, Woody Guthrie, hip-hop producers, David Roback, Green Day, and Miranda Lambert.

December 4, 2019
by Jason Schneider

The Felix-winning Quebec composer and multi-instrumentalist Vincent Roberge made the Polaris Prize shortlist this year, and is now making moves internationally. Here he discusses this validation, his fave songs on the record, early memories of Johnny Cash, and a love of Moby.

David Marsden
November 4, 2019
by FYI Staff

David Marsden (pictured) roams down memory lane, Anne Murray sets the record straight, and Eli Rose launches Maison Barclay Canada. Also in the news are Bon Jovi, Schmoozefest, Alessia Cara, Estonian Music Week, The Pretenders, Journey, Drake, Her Music Awards, Polaris Prize, Music Can Heal, and MMF.

Don Brownrigg
September 13, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Don Brownrigg (pictured) and AQUASOCKS lead the Music Nova Scotia Award noms, KMJF starts today, and Monster Truck heads back to Europe. Also in the news are YYC Music Awards, Neil Crory, Downtown Yonge BIA,  Polaris Music Prize, Boi-1da, ECMAs, the Rolling Stones, and farewell Daniel Johnston.

July 17, 2019
by FYI Staff

The Polaris Music Prize shortlist was announced yesterday (July 16) by Raina Douris on CBC Music's Drive. Douris took listeners through th

June 21, 2019
by FYI Staff

The 40 albums competing for the prestigious and lucrative Prize were named at an event in Winnipeg. In total, 233 albums were considered by the 199 member jury for Long List selection.

February 22, 2019
by Kerry Doole

 Lindsay Ell (pictured) gets a career boost with her ACM Awards nomination, Drake wins at The Brits, and Erin Costelo launches her record label. Also making the news are the Polaris Music Prize, Queen, William Prince, Six Shooter, Saskatoon Blues Festival, Carl Schilde, Donovan Woods, Precision Record Pressing, Play For The Cat, IBMA, and farewell Peter Tork. Videos added for your enjoyment.

September 26, 2018
by FYI Staff

The prestigious Prize honours Canadian albums from four distinct eras prior to the advent of Polaris. You can have a say in the choice, as public voting is now open, so check out the nominees here.

September 18, 2018
by Nick Krewen

At the beginning there were 10, but in the end Jeremy Dutcher and his fascinating album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa reigned supreme and was declared the 2018 Polaris Music Prize winner.