POLARIS HERITAGE PRIZE-WINNING ALBUMS LINE-UP ANNOUNCED

TICKETS ON SALE NOW Polaris Heritage Prize winners Peaches, members of Sloan and other past Polaris Music Prize nominees join the Massey Hall Band in celebrationTORONTO – July 21, 2016 – The Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize, produced by Blue Ant Media and supported by Slaight Music, poses and attempts to answer the question: who would have won or been nominated for Polaris before it started in 2006? The four inaugural winners from 2015 were:Blue by Joni Mitchell (60s & 70s)The Trinity Session by Cowboy Junkies (80s)Twice Removed by Sloan (90s)The Teaches of Peaches by Peaches (00s: 2000-2005)In celebration of these integral albums, a unique event featuring a cast of guests – Polaris Prize nominees, all – will pay tribute to the four winning albums at The Great Hall in Toronto on Wednesday, August 3, hosted by CBC Radio 2’s Rich Terfry.Guests joining the Massey Hall Band, a 15-piece alternative big band, will be: Polaris Heritage Prize  winners Peaches, Chris Murphy and Jay Ferguson from Sloan, and past Polaris Music Prize nominees The Weather Station (2015, Loyalty), Tanika Charles (2016, Soul Run), Amelia Curran (2010, Hunter, Hunter) Michelle McAdorey (2016, Into Her Future) and more.“The idea behind the Heritage Prize – our version of a Hall of Fame – is to spur discussion and discovery of timeless recorded art from our history,” says Polaris Founder and Executive Director Steve Jordan. “Combining Massey Hall Band’s interpretations of the Prize-winning classics and the contributions of the special guests will make for an exciting, inventive and suitably musical tribute for these albums.”Don’t miss this extraordinary celebration, of what music writer Sarah Liss said represents “the breadth and depth of what our national anthems could – and should – be.”In addition, Polaris Heritage Prize winner, Peaches, brings her current tour to Toronto the following evening (August 4) as part of Live at Massey Hall.  Tickets and information available, here.We acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, 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.

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