Polaris Heritage Prize to Select the Best Albums From Before the Prize Began

The Polaris Music Prize has been recognized the best album by a Canadian artist each year since 2006, but the organization is wondering what albums might have won had the honor been around since the 60's.

The regular procedure for the Polaris Music Prize, which is to have a jury of eleven research and listen to the nominated albums and defend their choice of the best in committee, is being tossed out the window to let the public make the selections. For this special award, 25 Canadian music historians and media members were brought together to select five albums of merit in each of four different time periods followed by a public vote which will run from September 18 to October 5.

The nominees in each time period:

'60s & '70s
  • Music From Big Pink - The Band 
  • Lindberg - Robert Charlebois & Louise Forestier 
  • Songs Of Leonard Cohen - Leonard Cohen 
  • Blue - Joni Mitchell 
  • Live! - Jackie Shane 
'80s
  • The Trinity Session - Cowboy Junkies 
  • Bach: The Goldberg Variations - Glenn Gould 
  • Acadie - Daniel Lanois 
  • Symphony In Effect - Maestro Fresh-Wes 
  • Miss America - Mary Margaret O'Hara 
  • Moving Pictures - Rush 
'90s
  • Five Days In July - Blue Rodeo 
  • Glee - Bran Van 3000 
  • And Now The Legacy Begins - Dream Warriors 
  • La Llorona - Lhasa de Sela 
  • Twice RemovedSloan 
'00s (2000 - 2005)
  • Funeral - Arcade Fire 
  • You Forgot It In People - Broken Social Scene 
  • Shine A Light - Constantines 
  • Let It Die - Feist 
  • The Teaches Of Peaches - Peaches 
The winners will be announced on October 9 with a tribute concert set for early 2016. 

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