Maestro Fresh Wes, Morissette, the Hip, among Polaris Heritage Prize nominees

TORONTO — Influential albums from Neil Young, Alanis Morissette, the Tragically Hip and Arcade Fire are among those vying for the second annual Polaris Heritage Prizes.

Organizers for the 11-year-old Polaris Music Prize are giving Canadians the opportunity to backtrack and vote for their favourite albums from the pre-Polaris years.

The Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize will then honour two albums released in each of four time periods spanning prolific musical decades from the 1960s to the 2000s.

One winner will be selected through the public vote and a different album from each era will be chosen by a Polaris jury.

Listeners can visit the Polaris website to vote before Oct. 17.

Winners will be announced Oct. 24.

Among the nominees for the 1960 to 1975 prizes are two albums from both the Band and Young, as well as Gordon Lightfoot's "Lightfoot!" and Leonard Cohen's "Songs Of Leonard Cohen."

In the prize window for 1976 to 1985 are titles that include Bruce Cockburn's "Stealing Fire," Rough Trade's "Avoid Freud" and Rush's "Moving Pictures."

From 1986 to 1995, Blue Rodeo's "5 Days In July," Maestro Fresh Wes' "Symphony In Effect," Sarah McLachlan's "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy" and Morissette's "Jagged Little Pill" are among those in the running.

And for the 1996 to 2006 period Arcade Fire's "Funeral," Feist's "Let It Die" and k-os' "Joyful Rebellion" are included in the nominees.

Last year's heritage winners were "Blue" by Joni Mitchell, "The Trinity Session" by the Cowboy Junkies, "Twice Removed" by Sloan and Peaches' "The Teaches of Peaches."


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