On Monday night, Arcade Fire, Canada’s most intriguing rock band (says Time magazine) walked away with the 2011 Polaris Music Prize and $30,000 for their album The Suburbs. With a Polaris Prize, a Juno, a Brit Award, a collaboration with director Spike Jonze and a Grammy Award under their belt, the Montreal eight-piece band is poised for world domination!
To those who participated in our Polaris Music Prize Giveaway, we give a warm thank you! Winners have been contacted, and they’ll be receiving the Deluxe Version of The Suburbs (which includes bonus tracks and cuts from Spike Jonze’s film, “Scenes From the Suburbs”). Thanks for sharing your favourite Canadian music moments, and congratulations!
The Polaris Music Prize is a celebration of Canada’s new & emerging artists. Introduced in 2006, Canada’s music industry has quickly embraced the prize as something to write home about. It is essentially your cool music friend’s top 10 mixtape of acts spanning different genres & compiled based on artistic merit rather than music sales or chart position. Next Monday the $30,000 grand prize will be awarded to one of the ten short list nominees. In celebration, we’ll give away a free download of the winning album to five lucky contestants. To enter, tell us about your best Canadian music experience in the comments below. Move us, make us laugh, make us cry! We’ll announce our five winners next Monday after the official Polaris Prize winner is crowned. For now, enjoy our roundup of the ten short list nominees.
In 2006, Steve Jordan founded the Polaris Music Prize. Inspired by the impact of literary prizes like the Giller Prize, whose nominees and winners are at the centre of literary debate and discussion, Jordan set out to create a music prize that would stimulate conversation and inject some healthy competition into the Canadian music scene. Five years later, the dream is realized.
Today, Sirius Satellite Radio, CBC Radio 3 and MuchMusic all broadcasted the Polaris Prize short list live. Notoriously picky outlets like The New Yorker and Pitchfork have praised Polaris Prize winners and given nods to the Prize’s fair selection process (the jury is made up of journalists, broadcasters, bloggers, and music geeks and selection is focused solely on merit, not publicity, Twitter followers, or meat dresses). Not to mention the grand prize: this year it’s bumped up from $20,000 to $30,000.