The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music, is returning to Toronto, ON for the reveal of the 2018 Long List. Presented by Canada Council for the Arts, the announcement of the 40 titles that comprise the Long List will take place on Thursday, June 14 at The Drake Underground, beginning at 12 p.m. ET, and live streamed on the Polaris Facebook page.
After taking the Long List reveal to Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Halifax, Whitehorse, and Ottawa, Polaris is thrilled to bring this year’s announcement to Toronto, where special local guests will be on hand to help unveil the list. The announcement will also feature a special live performance by one of the 2018 Long Listed artists.
The Polaris Music Prize will announce the 10 album Short List on July 17 via Polaris Facebook Live and the winner at the Polaris Gala on Monday, September 17 at the Carlu in Toronto.
The Polaris Music Prize awards $50,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year, judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre or record sales. Additionally, the nine other nominated acts whose albums make the 2018 Short List will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music.
Past winners have included Lido Pimienta (2017), Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).
I shoot live music performances and concerts. I love the excitement of entering a venue, knowing that I’ll be photographing a concert and enjoying the energy of the crowd. There’s nothing like being in a venue and looking at the expressions on the faces of people who are all transfixed by the talent onstage. I shoot about 120 shows each year, averaging 2 bands per show, as well as several all-day and weekend festivals in and around Southern Ontario. From the large venues to very small ones, bright lights or barely lit stages, I hope that my photos capture the enjoyment the artists have in doing what they love to do.