The Overcast’s annual Borealis Music Prize recognizes uncommon talent, potential, and originality in any genre of music by a local artist. It is a triple juried award, so whoever wins really worked for it, meaning the longlist, the shortlist, and the winner are each picked by a new, separate jury. 

This award is our way of putting some of the best local albums of the year on the radars of our 30,000 readers who are not going downtown every weekend at midnight to hear local music. No one can buy an album they’ve never heard of! We also cut the winner a $1000 cheque, among other perks.

Release Date Eligibility: Your album must have been released between Oct. 14, 2014, and Oct. 15, 2015.

Album Length Eligibility:  An album must be at least 6 songs, or 30 minutes long.

The Other Eligibility Requirement: Your album must be at least 80% original music.

How to Submit: 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 – BY OCT.15th! – to to double check. Or just send us a link to your album. Alternatively, slide a physical copy under our office door at 7 Plank Road. Or hell, comment below. More than 100 albums have been evaluated already. It’s likely we haven’t missed you.

Longlist Reveal: a 20-album longlist will be revealed in November’s print issue / online on October 30th. One song from each longlisted artist will make our annual “Big Townie Tunes” compilation.

Shortlist Reveal: a 5-album shortlist will be revealed in December’s print issue, just in time for Christmas shoppers!

Winner Reveal: The winner will be announced on the cover of our January issue, having been crowned a few nights earlier at special awards gala.

Winner receives: $1,000, a trophy for their mantlepiece of tour van dashboard, our January cover story, and a to-be-announced opportunity. Shortlisted artists will benefit from some special events.

For now, have a listen to last year’s winner, Jon Hynes: