With the Polaris Music Prize Gala just over a month away, the final list of performers and the list of the 11-member Grand Jury has been announced.
Joining the previously announced Short-List nominees Marie Davidson, Dominique Fils-Aimé, Elisapie, PUP, Shad, and host Raina Douris of CBC Music, the 2019 Polaris Music Prize Gala has added fellow nominees FET.NAT, Les Louanges, Haviah Mighty and Snotty Nose Rez Kids to the list of the night’s performances; while fellow nominee, Jessie Reyez, will be in attendance.
While the performances take over center stage at the Carlu in Toronto, the winner of The 2019 Polaris Music Prize will be determined backstage by a group of 11 jurors comprising of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada. The grand prize of $50,000 is awarded to the artist determined to have Canadian Album of the Year, judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration of genre or record sales. In addition, the nine other Short List nominees will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music. The jurors representing the music journalists from across the country include:
Jacques Boivin (ecoutedonc.ca (Québec City, QC))
Stephen Cooke (Chronicle Herald (Halifax, NS))
Erin MacLeod (Freelance Journalist (Montréal, QC))
Christine McAvoy (3AM Revelations (Vancouver, BC))
Max Mertens (Freelance Journalist (Toronto, ON))
Nneka Nnagbo (Ottawa Beat & Melted Magazine (Ottawa, ON))
Ryan B. Patrick (Exclaim! (Toronto, ON))
Chantal Rondeau (Indigenous Today (Whitehorse, YT))
Fanny St-Amand (Belle et Bum (Montréal, QC))
Richard Trapunski (NOW Magazine (Toronto, ON))
Melissa Vincent (A.Side (Toronto, ON))
Tickets to the event are limited and are available via Ticketmaster. For those who cannot attend the Polaris Music Prize Gala, the event will be live-streamed globally at cbcmusic.ca/polaris. For all the latest on the 2019 Polaris Music Prize, be sure to stay tuned to Canadian Beats for all your Polaris news!
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.