While the Polaris Music Prize honours current Canadian music, the Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize celebrates the past. The latter has released its Short List and a number of local artists are in the mix.
The legendary group, the Band had a number of area members (Rick Danko was from Norfolk and Robbie Robertson came from Six Nations). Two of their classics, Music From the Big Pink and their self titled album are up for the 1960-1975 award.
Links: The Band, More Stories of The Band, Video above courtesy of Queenignma
Hamilton's Kim Deschamps was involved with Blue Rodeo when they released Five Days in July, which is nominated for the 1986-1986 award. Another Hamilton boy, Daniel Lanois is in the same category for his debut Acadie.
Links: Daniel Lanois, More Daniel Lanois Stories, Video above courtesy of yeahshee1933
Guelph indie rockers, Constantines, also have a recording in the running (for 1996-2005): Shine A Light. Kitchener saxophonist John Oswald's Plunderphonics is up for 1986-1995.
Many other albums on the list feature backup work by local artists. Hamilton's Colina Phillips did background vocals on Bruce Cockburn: Stealing Fire. Hammertown's own Bill Dillon plays guitar on Sarah McLachlan's Fumbling Towards Ecstasy.
You can help them out by voting for your faves here. Deadline is October 17, 2016. Results will be released on October 24, 2016.
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!
Here is the full Short List
- The Band: Music From the Big Pink
- The Band: The Band
- Robert Charlebois and Louise Forestier: Lindberg
- Leonard Cohen: Songs of Leonard Cohen
- Gordon Lightfoot: Lightfoot!
- Joni Mitchell: Court and Spark
- The Oscar Peterson Trio: Night Train
- Jackie Shane: Live
- Neil Young: Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
- Neil Young: After The Gold Rush
- Bruce Cockburn: Stealing Fire (featuring work by Colina Phillips)
- D.O.A.: Hardcore ’81
- Fifth Column: To Sir with Hate
- Glenn Gould: Bach: The Goldberg Variations
- Martha and the Muffins: This is the Ice Age
- Kate and Anna McGarrigle: Kate and Anna McGarrigle
- Jackie Mittoo: Show Case Volume 3
- Rough Trade: Avoid Freud
- Rush: Moving Pictures
- Leroy Sibbles: On Top
- Blue Rodeo (featuring Hamilton's Kim Deschamps): Five Days in July
- Daniel Lanois: Acadie
- John Oswald: Plunderphonics
- Sarah McLachlan: Fumbling Towards Ecstasy (featuring work by Bill Dillon)
- Dream Warriors: And Now the Legacy Begins
- Maestro Fresh Wes: Symphony in Effect
- Main Source: Breaking Atoms
- Alanis Morissette: Jagged Little Pill
- Mary Margaret O’Hara: Miss America
- The Tragically Hip: Fully Completely
- Constantines: Shine A Light
- Arcade Fire: Funeral
- Bran Van 3000: Glee
- Broken Social Scene: You Forgot It In People
- The Dears: No Cities Left
- Destroyer: Streethawk
- Esthero: Breath From Another
- Feist: Let It Die
- k-os: Joyful Rebellion
- Lhasa de Sela: La Llorona
Blast from the Past: This Year's Polaris Short
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