Polaris Heritage Prize To Honour Iconic Canadian Albums

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The Polaris Music Prize is known for honouring the best Canadian album of the year, based on artistic merit.

But a second prize, introduced last year, will honour four staple Canadian album before the award’s introduction in 2006.

Grouped into decades, fans can vote on their favourite albums from 1960-1975, 1976-1985, 1986-1995, and 1996-2005. Alongside the public vote, a jury will help in the selection process.

Titles from The Gordon Lightfoot, Rush, The Tragically Hip, and Broken Social Scene round out the nominations. You can take a look at the full list below:

1960-75

The Band – Music From Big Pink
The Band – The Band
Robert Charlebois & 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

1976-85

Bruce Cockburn – Stealing Fire
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 & Anna McGarrigle – Kate & Anna McGarrigle
Jackie Mittoo – Show Case Volume 3
Rough Trade – Avoid Freud
Rush – Moving Pictures
Leroy Sibbles – On Top

1986-95

Blue Rodeo – Five Days In July
Dream Warriors – And Now the Legacy Begins
Maestro Fresh Wes – Symphony In Effect
Daniel Lanois – Acadie
Sarah McLachlan – Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
Main Source – Breaking Atoms
Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill
Mary Margaret O’Hara – Miss America
John Oswald – Plunderphonics
The Tragically Hip – Fully Completely

1996-05

Arcade Fire – Funeral
Bran Van 3000 – Glee
Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It In People
Constantines – Shine A Light
The Dears – No Cities Left
Destroyer – Streethawk
Esthero – Breath from Another
Feist – Let It Die
k-os – Joyful Rebellion
Lhasa de Sela – La Llorona

You can vote your favourite albums here until October 17. The winners will be announced October 24.

Who are you hoping wins the Polaris Heritage Prize? Let us know in the comments below!

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