Polaris Music Prize
Halifax Pop Explosion Music Conference
Halifax Central Library
Steve Jordan is the Founder and Executive Director of the Polaris Music Prize, a not-for-profit organization that honours the Canadian album of the year each September with a cash prize of $50,000. The nominees and winner are selected entirely by a panel of music journalists and critics from coast to coast. Past winners have been Lido Pimienta, Kaytranada, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Tanya Tagaq, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Arcade Fire, Feist, Owen Pallett, Patrick Watson, Caribou, Karkwa and Fucked Up. Each winner has received immediate profile and sales boosts both at home and abroad. Prior to starting Polaris in 2006, he has served as an A&R executive with Warner Music Canada and True North Records. He has worked with musicians and artists from a variety of musical genres in a variety of roles, from publicist to promoter to manager. Prior to his 10 years experience in the record industry Steve was a broadcaster, journalist, promoter, activist and mediocre TV personality in Kingston, Ontario.