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:
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
Public: Blue Rodeo – Five Days In July
Jury: Mary Margaret O’Hara – Miss America
Public: Arcade Fire – Funeral
Jury: Lhasa de Sela – La Llorona
Pretty great list, if you ask us.