Borealis Music Prize (web)

Announcing The Overcast’s Prize-Packed Borealis Music Prize

Why: Because we love local music enough to put our money where our mouth is. And because we want to bring local music to a wider audience.

Winner receives: $1,000 + a showcase at this year’s ECMA East Coast Music Week + a slot in the 2015 Halifax Pop Explosion! Bam! A trio of rewards.

Release Date Eligibility: Any album by a local musician or band released between Sept. 30th 2013 and October 1st 2014.

Album Length Eligibility: To be considered for this award, an album must be at least 6 songs, or 30 minutes long. Which sadly excludes dozens of dandy EPs released in this time period.

How to Submit: No need. It’s our job to have every local release on our radar, but if you’re worried we might have forgotten you, shoot an email to

Longlist Reveal: a 20-album longlist will be posted on our website Monday Oct. 20th.

Shortlist Reveal: a 5-album shortlist will be revealed in our November print issue.

Winner Reveal: The winner will be announced on the cover of our December issue, having been crowned a few nights earlier at a night of live music featuring some of the shortlisted artists.

The following jury will be given a longlist from which they will decide on a shortlist: Lukas Wall (The Overcast), Tom Power (CBC), Jamie Fitzpatrick (CBC), Zach Goudie (CBC), Alyson Samson (CBC), Angela Antle (CBC), Tony Ploughman (Fred’s Records), Tara Bradbury (The Telegram), Wendy Rose (The Herald), Tom Cochrane (The Corner Brooker), Bryan Power (Lawnya Vawnya), Andrea Vincent (Lawnya Vawnya), Krista Power (Mighty Pop), Mark Bragg (Musician), Katie Baggs (Musician), Craig Collins (avid show goer), Samm Joy (avid show goer), Jen Winsor (MusicNL), Bonnie Fedrau (MusicNL), Lorne Loder (Harbourage Music Festival), Mike Heffernan (Author of the fortcoming book Scumtribe: Ten Years that Changed Newfoundland Music, 1985-95), and the folks at Full Time Productions.

Grand Jury: Jud Haynes (Mighty Pop), Mack Furlong (Sound Symposium) + 3 more TBA.

The Borealis Music Prize recognizes uncommon talent, potential, and/or striking originality in any genre of music, with an aim to give the winning act some career-enhancing exposure. Borealis is a contraction of Aurora Borealis, a fitting term for an album that manages to shine brightly enough to stand out among the 150+ albums recorded each year in Newfoundland.