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The Polaris Prize for old music has arrived

The Slaight Family Heritage Prize will recognize albums from four distinct time periods before the Polaris Music Prize began.

- Aug 20, 2015

Back in Spring, when it was announced that the Polaris Music Prize would grow from $30,000 to $50,000, organizers also mentioned the launch of the Slaight Family Heritage Prize, honouring albums created before the Polaris began in 2006.

Along with a list of grand jurors and scheduled gala performers, the Polaris has now revealed more about the Heritage Prize, an accolade seemingly made from post-gala bar banter ("Yeah, but who would have won in 1978?").

On September 18, three days before The Big Show, four short lists will be announced — one drawing from the best albums of the '60s and '70s, one from the '80s, one from the 90's, and another from the first half of the '00s — selected by a jury of 25 music insider-types. The short lists will be selected on the same criteria as the Polaris, prizing artistic quality, not commercial performance. But it's the public who will vote for the winner from each short list. You're invited to vote until October 5 at

The four winners will be announced on October 9, and a tribute concert for the prizewinners will be arranged by the Massey/ Roy Thomson Hall programming team for early 2016.

With such a focus put on the years from 2000 to 2005, it could be a fun little game to wager on how many rounds it will take Broken Social Scene's You Forgot it in People to take home the hardware. One? Mayyybe two? Pure oldster Polaris bait.

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