With the country revving up for the 2018 JUNO Awards, the Polaris Music Prize has announced key dates in the lead up to the year’s awards ceremony.
Beginning with the Long List announcement, Polaris will announce the 40 album list on June 13; and will pare down the list on July 17 when this year’s Short List will be announced. The grand finale, the Polaris Music Prize Gala, will be held on September 17 at The Carlu in Toronto, ON.
Albums eligible for 2018 Polaris Music Prize consideration must be released between June 1, 2017, and May 31, 2018. Making sure the $50,000 prize is awarded based on merit is a panel of independent jury journalists, broadcasters and bloggers who determine each list; while an eleven-person Grand Jury will convene on the night of the Gala to select the winner. Additionally, nominated albums will relieve a $3,000, courtesy of Slaight Music.
Past Polaris Prize winners include Buffy Sainte Marie, Fucked Up, Tanya Tagaq and 2017 winner, Lido Pimienta.
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.