Gordon Lightfoot, The Band, Tragically Hip Among Winners of Polaris Heritage Music Prize

by VVN Music

The winners have been announced for the 2017 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize which honors albums from the past.

A collaboration with the Polaris Prize, which names the best album by a Canadian artist for the previous year, the Heritage Prize honors albums from four time periods, 1960 to 1975, 1976 to 1985, 1986 to 1995 and 1996 to 2005.

Started two years ago, the prize transformed last year from one to two winners in each time period with one picked by a jury and one by a public vote.

This year's winners:
  • 1960 to 1975
    • Jury - The Band - The Band
    • Public - Lightfoot! - Gordon Lightfoot
  • 1976 to 1985
    • Jury - Bach: The Goldenberg Variations - Glenn Gould
    • Public - L'Heptade - Harmonium
  • 1986 to 1995
    • Jury - Love Tara - Eric's Trip
    • Public - Fully Completely - The Tragically Hip
  • 1996 to 2005
    • Jury - Joyful Rebellion - k-os
    • Public - Let It Die - Feist
The honor for the Tragically Hip comes a week after their lead singer, Gord Downie, passed away after battling cancer. 

Previous winners:

2015 Awards
  • 1960's/1970's - Blue - Joni Mitchell
  • 1980's - The Trinity Session - Cowboy Junkies
  • 1990's - Twice Removed - Sloan
  • 2000's - The Teaches of Peaches - Peaches
2016 Awards
  • 1960 to 1975
    • Jury - Songs of Leonard Cohen - Leonard Cohen
    • Public - After the Gold Rush - Neil Young
  • 1976 to 1985
    • Jury - Kate & Anna McGarrigle - Kate & Anna McGarrigle
    • Public - Moving Pictures - Rush
  • 1986 to 1995
    • Jury - Miss America - Mary Margaret O'Hara
    • Public - Five Days in July - Blue Rodeo
  • 1996 to 2005
    • Jury - La Llorona - Lhasa de Sela
    • Public - Funeral - Arcade Fire

1 comment

Ned Huthmacher said...

No Ian Tyson, or Sylvia Fricker?! They gave Gord a hand up the ladder.

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