Beginning in 2015 as a way to honour past Canadian albums of distinction, the Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize has announced it’s 2017 winners.
The eight winners for the prize were chosen from four short lists, each representing four different musical periods before the conception of the Polaris Music Prize; with two winners from each period selected from a jury vote and a public vote. Much like the Polaris Music Prize, the Heritage Prize shortlisted albums represent Canadian music albums of distinction without regard to musical genre or commercial popularity; making the Heritage Prize the Polaris version of a “hall of fame.”
Previous winners of the prize include Sloan’s Twice Removed, Mary Margaret O’Hera’s Miss America, and Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush.
The 2017 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize winners are as follows:
Public: Gordon Lightfoot – Lightfoot!
Jury: The Band – The Band
Public: Harmonium – L’Heptade
Jury: Glenn Gould – Bach: The Goldberg Variations
Public: The Tragically Hip – Fully Completely
Jury: Eric’s Trip – Love Tara
Public: Feist – Let It Die
Jury: k-os – Joyful Rebellion
Born and raised with thoughts and aspirations of becoming a famous bassist in Sarnia, ON; Emily Plunkett now lives in Gatineau, QC, and considers National Capital Region home sweet home. A product of the Beatles, MuchMusic and the Southwestern Ontario summer festival circuit (circa 2000), her interest and love in concert photography came almost completely by accident when her journalism program at Algonquin College required courses in photojournalism (and she quickly realized that photos taken at concerts using a DSLR are enormously better than ones she was taking on a point-and-shoot she bought for a trip to England). She is extremely proud of the fact she has seen Sloan in some form or another 25 times.