Canada's Polaris Music Prize is back with the dates for the 2010 show. Soon we'll have the Long List of names, soon to be reduced to a Short List, and then, boom! Winner. It's Canada's own version of the New Pantheon (US) or Australian Music Prize, Canada-style.
The new dates for the 2010 Polaris Music Awards will be September 20th.
The Polaris Music Prize Gala will be held September 21st in Toronto. You can listen to the event and all of the performances on the CBC Radio 3 live broadcast, or on Sirius Satellite Radio.
The Polaris jury will vote from the Long List (revealed on June 17th) to determine the Short List of 10 (revealed on July 6th), which will both be revealed at the Drake Hotel in Toronto. The winner will receive $20,000 (thus the prize), judged solely on artistic merit, without regard to genre or record sales. The Polaris Music Prize is awarded to the best full-length Canadian album released from June 1, 2009 to May 31, 2010; it's considered to the Canadian Album of the Year.
Polaris Music Prize winners include Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy (2006).
The list will be selected by over 200 members of the Polaris Music Prize jury, which consists of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from Canada. They try to avoid bias or old school deal-making by making sure that no music industry personnel with direct financial relationships with artists vote for Polaris.