With the global COVID-19 still front and center on the world’s mind, the Polaris Music Prize is reminding everyone that Canadian music is alive and well, and are looking ahead to their 2021 celebrations with the announcement of the Long List and Short List key dates for this year.
Fans can expect the prize’s 40 album Long List to be announced on June 15, 2021, while the 10 album Short List will be unveiled on July 15. It will be announced at a later date exactly when the winning album will be revealed; but we can expect it to take place in the fall. No matter what, the prize will be streamed around the world at CBCMusic.ca/Polaris.
Every year, the Polaris Music Prize awards $50,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year, as voted on by music journalists, who judge their selection solely on artistic merit and without consideration for genre or record sales. In addition, the nine other Short Listed nominated acts will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music.
Montreal rapper, Backxwash, took home the 2020 Polaris Music Prize in an online cinematic event last October. Past winners of the Polaris Music Prize also include Jeremy Dutcher, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Feist, Arcade Fire, and Fucked Up.
For more information about the Polaris Music Prize, please be sure to visit https://polarismusicprize.ca/.
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.