Voting Open For 2018 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize

The prestigious Prize honours Canadian albums from four distinct eras prior to the advent of Polaris. You can have a say in the choice, as public voting is now open, so check out the nominees here.

Voting Open For 2018 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize

By FYI Staff

Voting for the 2018 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize is now open.

The Heritage Prize honours Canadian albums of the past from four distinct time periods: 1960-75, 1976-85, 1986-95 and 1996-05. Like the Polaris Music Prize, winners and nominees for the Heritage Prize are albums of artistic distinction, without regards to sales or affiliations.

Call it the Polaris version of a hall of fame, one honouring records that would likely have been nominated or won the Prize in the years before Polaris started in 2006.

Once again there’ll be eight winning albums declared this year, two per era — one voted on by the public and one voted on by the specially assembled Heritage Prize jury.

Go HERE to vote. Voters will be able to submit ballots once per day.

Voting closes Oct. 18 at 11:59 p.m. ET, with the winning albums to be named on Oct. 23.


This year there are eight new nominated records from Jean-Pierre Ferland, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Stan Rogers, Rush, Daniel Bélanger, Voivod, Sarah Harmer and Kid Koala to replace last year’s winners. The 2017 winners list featured albums by Gordon Lightfoot, The Band, Harmonium, Glenn Gould, The Tragically Hip, Eric’s Trip, Feist, and k-os.

Heritage Prize winners are commemorated with limited-edition artwork commissioned and inspired by the music on these designated albums. Examples of past winners' works, including those honouring the likes of Neil Young, Harmonium, Sloan and Mary Margaret O'Hara can be found at the Polaris Store. The 2018 Polaris Heritage Prize is supported by Slaight Music and Re:Sound.

2018 Heritage Prize nominated albums, by era:


The Band – Music From Big Pink

Beau Dommage – Beau Dommage

Robert Charlebois & Louise Forestier – Lindberg

Jean-Pierre Ferland - Jaune 

Joni Mitchell – Court And Spark

Jackie Mittoo – Wishbone

The Oscar Peterson Trio – Night Train

Buffy Sainte-Marie – It’s My Way! 

Jackie Shane – Live

Neil Young – Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere


Bruce Cockburn – Stealing Fire

D.O.A. – Hardcore ’81

Fifth Column – To Sir With Hate

Gowan – Strange Animal


Martha and the Muffins – This is the Ice Age

Jackie Mittoo – Show Case Volume 3

Stan Rogers – Fogarty’s Cove 

Rough Trade – Avoid Freud

Rush – 2112 

Leroy Sibbles – On Top


Daniel Bélanger – Les insomniaques s'amusent 

Dream Warriors – And Now the Legacy Begins

k.d. lang – Ingénue

Daniel Lanois – Acadie

Maestro Fresh Wes – Symphony In Effect

Main Source – Breaking Atoms

Sarah McLachlan – Fumbling Towards Ecstasy

Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill

John Oswald – Plunderphonics

Voivod – Nothingface 


Bran Van 3000 – Glee

Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It In People

Constantines – Shine A Light

The Dears – No Cities Left

Destroyer – Streethawk: A Seduction

Esthero – Breath from Another

Sarah Harmer – You Were Here 

Kid Koala – Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The New Pornographers – Mass Romantic

The Weakerthans – Left and Leaving

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