Following the presentation of the 2021 Polaris Music Prize to Cadence Weapon for his album Parallel Worlds, the 2021 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize nominees were unveiled; and now, voting has opened.
Since 2006, Polaris Music Prize has been awarded to Canadian albums of artistic distinction, without regard to sales, genre, or affiliation. Since 2015, the Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize has been adding to their “hall of fame” that honours meritorious Canadian albums that pre-date the Polaris Music Prize.
In the past, the Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize has held a combination of public and jury (made up of music media and music historians) votes. to determine two inductees from four separate decades (the 1960s-70s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000-2005) for a total of eight new inductees. These days, the nominees are pared down to two inductees – one public vote and one jury vote.
The 2021 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize features five returning nominees and seven first-time contenders. Public voting for the nominees will be available HERE until Monday, October 18 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. The winners will be unveiled on Tuesday, October 26.
The 2021 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize nominees are:
Revolutionary Tea Party Lillian Allen
Ingénue k.d. lang
Le Dôme Jean Leloup
Five Dollar Bill Corb Lund
Jamaican Funk-Canadian Style Michie Mee and L.A. Luv
Court and Spark Joni Mitchell
Wishbone Jackie Mittoo
Africville Faith Nolan
Set Yourself On Fire Stars
Rufus Wainwright Rufus Wainwright
Left and Leaving Weakerthans
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.