Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

September 21, 2010 08:58 ET

Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Occasion of the 2010 Polaris Music Prize

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 21, 2010) - Canada's rich culture reflects the diversity of our heritage and the contributions of generations of Canadians who trace their roots to many corners of the earth. Our music—a reflection of this diversity—has helped build an internationally acclaimed music industry in this country. The Polaris Music Prize, which honours the full-length album as an art form, celebrates the best in all forms of contemporary Canadian music. The winner is chosen by an independent jury, based solely on artistic merit.

Our Government recognizes the importance of the music industry in Canada, and we are pleased to invest in programs that support its development and growth. Our renewal of the Canada Music Fund for a five-year period will provide long-term stability for the sector. It will also ensure that a wide variety of Canadian music is accessible on multiple platforms and will increase the popularity of Canadian artists at home and abroad.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I congratulate the winner of this year's Polaris Music Prize, Karkwa, as well as all of this year's nominees. You are an inspiration to other Canadian musicians and a source of pride on the international music scene. I commend the Polaris Music Prize for honouring and rewarding Canadian creativity and diversity.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Jean-Luc Benoit - Director of Communications