Saturday, October 8, 2016

GOOD LUCK! Vote for Local Musicians in the Polaris Heritage Prize Short List (Deadline is Oct 17)

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 BandVideo 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 LanoisMore Daniel Lanois StoriesVideo 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 CockburnStealing 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.


Here is the full Short List

Blast from the Past: This Year's Polaris Short

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