TORONTO, ON – Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music, will be coming to Winnipeg, Manitoba for the reveal of the 2019 Long List. Presented by the Canada Council for the Arts, the announcement of the 40 titles that comprise the Long List will take place on Thursday, June 20 at the Oodena Celebration Circle at The Forks at 11 a.m. CT (noon ET, 9 a.m. PT) and will be live streamed on the Polaris Music Prize Facebook page.

Polaris’ visit to Winnipeg continues a tradition of revealing the Long List in locations across Canada. Past locations include Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Halifax, Whitehorse and Ottawa. The Long List announcement will also feature a surprise live performance from a newly announced Long List artist. This event is free and open to the public.

That same evening, Polaris will be co-presenting an appearance by 2018 Polaris Short List act, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, with the Winnipeg Jazz Festival when they perform at Old Market Square. Ticket information can be found here.

In conjunction with Polaris, Manitoba Music will be hosting a panel, Making Noise in the Media, taking place 6-7:30 p.m., June 20, at Manitoba Music headquarters (1-376 Donald Street). For more info and to register, please visit here.

To commemorate the Polaris Winnipeg events, a curated selection of Polaris Posters will be on display throughout the summer in the second floor lounge at The Forks Market (1 Forks Market Road). See more Polaris Posters here.

The Polaris Music Prize will announce the ten album Short List on July 16. The winner will be determined at the Polaris Gala on Monday, September 16 at The Carlu in Toronto.

“Winnipeg is undoubtedly one of the music capitals of Canada. With a long history of artistic excellence and a diverse and vibrant music and arts scene, from Neil to the Weakerthans to Imaginary Cities, it just makes sense for us to launch this year’s list in Winnipeg. We are humbled and honoured to be announcing this list where the Red and Assiniboine meet and where thousands of years of music culture are in the air and the soil,” said Steve Jordan, Polaris Prize Founder and Executive Director.

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 2019 Short List will receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music.

Albums eligible for 2019 Polaris Music Prize consideration must be released between June 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019. 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 convene on the night of the Gala to select the Polaris Music Prize winner.

Past winners have included Jeremy Dutcher (2018), Lido Pimienta (2017), 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).

The Winnipeg Long List events are presented with the assistance of Manitoba Film & Music, and Downtown Winnipeg Biz.

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 Ontario Creates 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. Our Polaris Podcast explores the rich and intriguing stories behind these albums and is available via iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and other distributors.

About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world. About CBC Music CBC Music connects Canadians with the very best in music. Available through the CBC Music app, online, on radio and in television specials throughout the year, CBC Music privileges Canadian artists and songs. Offering over 100 free music streams, CBC Music draws from all genres and classifications with knowledgeable hosts and programmers. Home to the JUNO Awards and your favourite music from across the country, discover the next great act with CBC Music. For more, visit

About Canada Council for the Arts

The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s public arts funder, with a mandate to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts. The Council champions and invests in artistic excellence through a broad range of grants, services, prizes and payments to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations. Its work ensures that excellent, vibrant and diverse art and literature engages Canadians, enriches their communities and reaches markets around the world. The Council also raises public awareness and appreciation of the arts through its communications, research and arts promotion activities. It is responsible for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, which promotes the values and programs of UNESCO in Canada to contribute to a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable future. The Canada Council Art Bank operates art rental programs and helps further public engagement with contemporary arts.

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