The Polaris Music Prize will be announcing the 2019 collection of long-listed artists in Winnipeg June 20.
The prize is handed out annually to the best Canadian album, based solely on artistic merit, judged by a panel of nearly 200 jurors that includes members of Canadian music media and other industry professionals.
The long list contains the top 40 albums, as chosen by jurors, from an eligibility period of June 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019, and will be announced at the Oodena Celebration Circle at The Forks at 11 a.m.
Polaris is also partnering with the Winnipeg International Jazz Festival to co-present Snotty Nose Rez Kids at Old Market Square that night, and Manitoba Music is hosting a panel in conjunction with the long list announcement, titled Making Noise in the Media.
To commemorate the Polaris Winnipeg events, a curated selection of Polaris Posters will be on display throughout the summer in the second-floor lounge at The Forks Market.
"Winnipeg is undoubtedly one of the music capitals of Canada. With a long history of artistic excellence and a diverse and vibrant music and arts scene, from Neil to the Weakerthans to Imaginary Cities, it just makes sense for us to launch this year’s list in Winnipeg. We are humbled and honoured to be announcing this list where the Red and Assiniboine meet and where thousands of years of music culture are in the air and the soil," said Steve Jordan, Polaris Prize founder and executive director, in a news release.
The 10-album Polaris Prize short list will be announced on July 16. The winner will be determined at the Polaris gala Sept. 16 in Toronto.