The forty titles that will comprise the 2015 Polaris Music Prize Long List will be announced next Tuesday, June 16th at The Carleton (1685 Argyle St.) in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The announcement, produced in conjunction with Halifax Pop Explosion, will begin at 2:15pm ADT / 1:15pm EDT, with a special live stream broadcast hosted by TFO’s BRBR (brbrtfo.com/endirect/).
As with years past in Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary, special local guests will be on hand to help announce the list, including previous Polaris nominees. The event will also feature a special live performance by a 2015 Long Listed artist.
This event is supported in part by the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, the City of Halifax, and the Downtown Halifax Business Commission.
The Short List will be unveiled on July 16th at The Carlu in Toronto, and the Polaris Music Prize Gala will return to The Carlu for the third year on Monday, September 21st. Aux.tv will once again stream the gala live.
The eligibility period for the 2015 Polaris Music Prize runs from June 1, 2014 to May 31, 2015. An independent jury of 196 music journalists, broadcasters and music bloggers from across Canada determines the Long List and Short List. Eleven people are selected from the larger jury pool to serve on the Grand Jury. They will convene the night of the gala to select the Polaris Music Prize winner.
The Polaris Music Prize will award $50,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year. Courtesy of Slaight Music, each of the nine other short listed artists will receive $3,000. Judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration of genre or record sales, the prize’s past winners have included Tanya Tagaq (2014), Godspeed You! Black Emperor (2013), Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007), and Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett (2006).
We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.
Polaris Music Prize 2015 Key Dates:
June 16th – Long List announcement – The Carleton, Halifax, NS
July 16th – Short List announcement – The Carlu, Toronto, ON
September 21st – Polaris Music Prize Gala – The Carlu, Toronto, ON