There are only ten days left until the Polaris Music Prize Gala returns to Toronto’s Carlu to announce the winner of the 2022 Polaris Music Prize, and Canadian Beats has got you covered for everything you need to know to tune in and celebrate this year’s nominees and winners!
Since 2006, the Polaris Music Prize has been awarded to the best Canadian album of the year, as voted by a jury consisting of members of Canada’s music media. Over 200 broadcasters, bloggers, and journalists first vote to finalize a Long List of nominees and then to a second, 10-album Short List. The winner of the Polaris Music Prize is then selected during the Polaris Music Prize Gala celebrations by the 11-member Grand Jury. The winner of the Polaris Prize receives a monetary prize of $50,000, courtesy of Slaight Music, while the remaining nine finalists receive $3,000 each, also courtesy of Slaight Music. In addition, Polaris Music Prize also partners with Play MPE to award the winning artist with a global music promotion distribution package for one release (single or album) worth up to $3,025. At the same time, the nine remaining finalists receive distribution packages worth up to $1,000.
Taking the stage at this year’s Polaris Music Prize Gala are Short List nominees Pierre Kwenders, Lisa Leblanc, Hubert Lenoir, Kelly McMichael, Ombiigizi, Ouri, Shad, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, and Charlotte Day Wilson; while Toronto culinary supergroup, Fresh Pepper, will be on hand to interpret Destroyer, and 2021 Polaris Music Prize winner, Candice Weapon, will also perform. Hosting the event will be CBC Music’s Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe.
If you wish to tune in and follow all the festivities, the Polaris Music Prize Gala will be streamed live to CBC Gem, CBC Music’s Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter pages, and globally at cbcmusic.ca/polaris at 8:00 p.m. ET. on September 19. If you wish to join in on the fun, general admission tickets to the event are on sale right now via Ticketmaster.
Stay tuned as Canadian Beats spotlights the 10 Short List nominees of the 2022 Polaris Music Prize!
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.