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Polaris Prize announces 2016 Slaight Family Heritage Prize winners

October 24, 2016

Rush, Neil Young, Arcade Fire and more have earned this year's honours.

Last year, the Polaris Music Prize partnered with the Slaight Family to create the Heritage Prize, an annual award celebrating the classics that came out in the decades before Polaris’s 2006 inception. Separated by era, four winners came away on top: Blue by Joni Mitchell (60s & 70s), The Trinity Session by the Cowboy Junkies (80s), Twice Removed by Sloan (90s) and The Teaches of Peaches by Peaches (00s: 2000-2005.)

The Heritage Prize is bigger and better for 2016, and the winner’s have just been announced by Sloan’s Chris Murphy on a Facebook Live stream. This year, there are two winners for each era: One, as selected by a pool of jurors, and another, as voted on by the public, both online and at the 2016 Polaris Music Prize Gala at the Carlu in Toronto in September.

After vote tallying and number crunching, here’s who came out on top:

1960-1975
Public: Neil Young – After The Gold Rush
Jury: Leonard Cohen – Songs Of Leonard Cohen
 
1976 – 1985
Public: Rush – Moving Pictures
Jury: Kate & Anna McGarrigle – Kate & Anna McGarrigle
 
1986-1995
Public: Blue Rodeo – Five Days In July
Jury: Mary Margaret O’Hara – Miss America
 
1996-2005
Public: Arcade Fire – Funeral
Jury: Lhasa de Sela – La Llorona

Pretty great list, if you ask us.

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