Peaches, Leonard Cohen, The Band Shortlisted for Inaugural Polaris Heritage Prize

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Peaches is interviewed in the Red Bull Music Academy pop-up radio station, at Red Bull Guest House in Miami, Fla., March 28, 2015.

From The Band’s Music from Big Pink right through to Cowboy JunkiesThe Trinity Session, Sloan’s Twice Removed and PeachesThe Teaches of Peaches, 21 albums spanning the combined '60s and '70s through the first half of the '00s have made the list in their respective time categories for the inaugural Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize.

Albums by Rush, Leonard Cohen, Feist, Arcade Fire and Joni Mitchell also made the list as well as some unexpected names, like Jackie Shane, Robert Charlebois & Louis Forester and Lhasa de Sela.

Twenty-five Canadian music media and Canadian music historians picked the short-listed albums with the same Polaris criteria -- records of the highest artistic quality without regards to sales or affiliations -- and now the public will vote on the winners.

Implemented by the decade-old Polaris Music Prize organization to answer the question, “Who would’ve won the prize if it existed back in the '60s,” the main difference is the winners will not be determined by an 11-member grand jury of music media instructed to do their homework on each album and be prepared to argue its merits.

The jury selected a five title shortlist for each of the following periods: '60s and '70s, '80s (a tie resulted in six titles being chosen), '90s and '00s (2000-2005). The public will now have the chance to pick the winner from each short list. Voting will be open from Sept. 18 until Oct. 5 at Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize.

Maclean’s Michael Barclay, this year’s Heritage jury foreperson, said, "In a matter of days after our discussion began, our jurors had suggested almost 300 albums for these lists, which demonstrates their knowledge and passion for Canadian musical history. The 21 albums here celebrate our rich and diverse Canadian canon, and represent merely the beginning of what will be an exciting musical conversation in the years to come.”

The winners will be announced on Oct. 9t. The programming team at Roy Thomson / Massey Hall will produce a tribute concert to the four winning albums in early 2016. Each winner will receive a trophy at the tribute show. Commemorative prints of each winning album will also be made available for purchase to the public.

Below are the 2015 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize Short Lists:
 
'60s & '70s
The Band - Music From Big Pink
Robert Charlebois & Louise Forestier - Lindberg
Leonard Cohen - Songs Of Leonard Cohen
Joni Mitchell - Blue
Jackie Shane - Live!
 
'80s
Cowboy Junkies - The Trinity Session
Glenn Gould - Bach: The Goldberg Variations
Daniel Lanois - Acadie
Maestro Fresh-Wes - Symphony In Effect
Mary Margaret O'Hara - Miss America
Rush - Moving Pictures
 
'90s
Blue Rodeo - Five Days In July
Bran Van 3000 - Glee
Dream Warriors - And Now The Legacy Begins
Lhasa de Sela - La Llorona
Sloan - Twice Removed
 
'00s (2000 - 2005)
Arcade Fire - Funeral
Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It In People
Constantines - Shine A Light
Feist - Let It Die
Peaches - The Teaches Of Peaches