TORONTO, ON – Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music and produced by Blue Ant Media, has revealed its key dates for 2017.

The 40 album Long List will be announced June 13 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Ont. The 10 album Short List will be unveiled on July 13. This year’s Polaris Gala is September 18 at The Carlu in Toronto, Ont.

The Polaris Music Prize awards $50,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year, judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre or record sales. Additionally, the nine other nominated acts whose albums make the 2017 Short List will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music.

Albums eligible for 2017 Polaris Music Prize consideration must be released between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017. An independent jury of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada determine the Long List and Short List. Eleven people from the larger jury pool are then chosen to serve on the Grand Jury. This Grand Jury convenes the night of the Gala to select the Polaris Music Prize winner.

Past winners have included Kaytranada (2016), Buffy Sainte-Marie (2015), 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).

Polaris Music Prize 2017 Key Dates:

June 13 – Long List announcement – National Arts Centre, Ottawa, ON

July 13 – Short List announcement – Toronto, ON

September 18 – Polaris Music Prize Gala – The Carlu, Toronto, ON

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.

We acknowledge the OMDC for their continued support of the Polaris Music Prize.

About the Polaris Music Prize

The Polaris Music Prize is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours and rewards artists who produce Canadian music albums of distinction. A select panel of music critics judge and award the Prize without regard to musical genre or commercial popularity.

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About CBC Music.ca

CBC Music is Canada’s free digital music service connecting Canadians with the very best in Canadian and international music. Simple and easy to navigate, CBC Music gives music fans access to over 60 web radio stations, available on your smartphone or tablet. plus content from the most knowledgeable music personalities and programmers from across the country. CBCMusic.ca

About Blue Ant Media

Blue Ant Media is a privately held, international media company that creates and distributes content worldwide across streaming video, linear television, digital, magazines and live events. Global brands include Love Nature, an international linear and SVOD offering with the world’s largest library of 4K wildlife and nature content; and Makeful and Arcade Cloud by Omnia Media, a leading digital video network focused on gaming and maker lifestyles. The company’s broadcasting business offers a robust portfolio of Canadian and New Zealand-based media brands. Content distribution, lead by Blue Ant International, offers a catalogue of 2,200+ hours of premium, unscripted content worldwide, which includes the largest 4K natural history library on the market. Blue Ant Media is headquartered in Toronto (Canada), with offices located in Los Angeles (US), London (UK) and Auckland (NZ). Blueantmedia.ca


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