COVID-19 has forced the Polaris Music Prize to move completely online this year.
Following the announcement of the 40 album Long List on June 15, the ten album Polaris Music Prize Short List will be announced on July 15 during a special radio presentation across Canada on CBC Music and the CBC Listen app. Hosted by CBC Music’s Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe, the special will feature one Short List nominee revealed every 15 minutes along with music from the nominated albums and insight from Polaris jurors.
Looking ahead to the announcement of the winner, due to health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, Polaris has chosen not to host their traditional gala dinner at Toronto’s Carlu Theatre in September and instead will celebrate the 2020 Short List nominees and winner with a cinematic presentation on October 19.
Polaris is also encouraging Canadian filmmakers to create commissioned films honouring each Short List-nominated album as part of the October 19 presentation. Interested filmmakers looking for details or to apply are invited to visit the Polaris Music Prize website for more information.
The Polaris Prize Short List radio special will air from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. ET/CT/MT/PT (3 p.m. AT, 3:30 p.m. NT) across Canada via CBC Music and the CBC Listen app, while the October 19 cinematic presentation will be broadcast across Canada on the CBC Gem streaming service, CBC Music’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages and around the globe at CBCMusic.ca/Polaris.
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.