On September 18th, the Polaris Music Prize will be announcing the winner of this year’s prize at the Carlu in Toronto. This year’s gala will include performances from Short List Nominees Lisa LeBlanc, Lido Pimienta, Tanya Tagaq, Lief Vollebekk, and Weaves.
As always, this year’s best Canadian album will be judged solely on artistic merit without consideration of genre or record sales.
But why give so much attention to Canadian music specifically?
A massive 85% of Canadians say that music plays an important role in their lives. Whether you believe it or not, music is ingrained into everyday existence. We listen to it while shopping, working out, driving, and even hear it combined with other media such as movies and TV. It gives us a boost, motivates us, and makes us feel like we’re not alone. [quote author=”Gord Downie”]Music is the ultimate medium for expressions of love, and those expressions find a beautiful backdrop in the environment. Music is also a popular rallying point — at its central core, it’s a way for people to get in touch with the best parts of themselves and to voice the love in their hearts.[/quote]
Where regular communication fails, music provides an outlet for complex forms of expression.
Today we’re still playing, recording, and listening to songs composed hundreds of years ago. Music bridges so many things and collectively connects us to each other.
As a part of a diverse country with an ever-growing range of musical talent, Lixar has been a strong supporter of Canadian music. This is why we’re a proud sponsor of the Polaris Long List, and music festivals such as MEGAPHONO and Halifax Pop Explosion.
If you can’t make it out to the Polaris Gala, it will be hosted by CBC Radio 2 Morning host Raina Douris and live streamed at CBCMusic.ca and on CBC Music’s Facebook and YouTube pages starting at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, September 18.
So who’s your pick to win?