Canadian albums vie for Polaris Music Prize

Published: 2006-06-05
In the UK they have the prestigious Mercury Prize, in the US they have the New Pantheon Prize and now Canada has the Polaris Music Prize.

Like its American and British counterparts the Polaris Music Prize will be awarded to the best Canadian album of the year.

"There will only be one criterion for selecting the best album - artistic excellence, irrespective of genre or sales," according to a press release.

The man behind the prize, Mr. Steve Jordan worked in A&R for both Warner Music Canada and True North Records. Jordan told ChartAttack that he's been toying with the idea since 2000.

"It was around the time that the Constantines, Weakerthans, Sarah Harmer, Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Propagandhi and all of these bands that had amazing records that were at the forefront of the Can-rock renaissance. There didn't seem to be an all-encompassing forum to trumpet these amazing records."

In the coming months bands will be chosen by a panel of music journalists and broadcasters and the announcement of a ten-band shortlist will be released on July 4th for bands with records released between July 2005 and May 2006. The winner will be announced in September.

The winner of the Polaris Prize will also receive $20 000 and the distinction of having the best record in the country, which has traditionally for winners of similar prizes like Mercury and New Pantheon, led to the real prize, a boost in record sales.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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