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The Polaris Podcast explores the rich and intriguing stories behind the Canadian music albums of distinction that have been nominated for the Polaris Music Prize and its related Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize. Through interviews with the artists behind these albums as well as in-depth analysis from expert Polaris jurors, the podcast shines a light on the magical music that informs the Polaris universe.
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Polaris Podcast Episode 3: 2016 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize pt 1
Dec 6 16
Episode three of the Polaris Podcast is here.
This episode is the first of two parts dedicated to exploring the eight albums that were honoured with the 2016 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize.
The four Heritage Prize-winning albums we’ll be talking about in this episode are:
* Neil Young’s 'After The Gold Rush,' which won in the 1960-75 category, public vote
* Leonard Cohen's 'Songs Of Leonard Cohen,' which won in the 1960-75 category for the jury vote
* Rush’s 'Moving Pictures,' which won in the 1976-85 public vote category
* Kate and Anna McGarrigle’s self-titled album, which won in the 1976-85 jury vote category
Heritage Prize jurors joining host Lana Gay to talk about these albums will be Maclean's writer and 'Have Not Been The Same' co-author Michael Barclay as well as former MusiquePlus and current host at CHOM FM in Montreal, Pierre Landry.
On top of that we'll have an in-depth interview with Anna McGarrigle, who'll tell us about the first song she ever wrote and the last time she ever sang with her sister.
Finally, we'll get Catherine McCandless, the lead singer for three-time Polaris nominees Young Galaxy who's going to share her feelings about the 'Songs Of Leonard Cohen' album as well as tell us what it's like in and around Leonard Cohen's Montreal home after his death.
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The Polaris Podcast explores the rich and intriguing stories behind the Canadian music albums of distinction that have been nominated for the Polaris Music Prize and its related Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize.
We acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada’s private radio broadcasters.
Thanks to Steve Jordan, Claire Dagenais and Meghan Borthwick from Polaris, Tim Jones, Indie88, Blue Ant Media and Kelly and Kelly Creative.
The Polaris Podcast theme song is "Work" by The Deadly Snakes (rip).
If the music you heard here intrigued you, please check out the official Polaris Music Prize channels on Spotify and Apple Music. We’ve created playlists inspired by these albums and the conversations around them.