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Polaris Music Prize Responds To Godspeed Interview as discussion over prize deepens...
JANUARY 19 2014 • Clash UK
Perhaps reflecting the continued growth of Canadian music on an international scale, the Polaris Music Prize has proved to be big news over the past few months. read more

Godspeed, David Gilmour: What this week’s twin controversies say about Canada’s artistic evolution
SEPTEMBER 27 2013 • National Post (Dave Bidini)
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PROTEST AT POLARIS PRIZE
SEPTEMBER 27 2013 • Dazed Digital (UK)
We were there as winners Godspeed denounce the Canadian Mercury's as "fucking insane" read more

Godspeed win top music prize, then say awards event is 'insane'
SEPTEMBER 25 2013 • Guardian (UK)
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Montreal winners lambaste $30,000 Polaris prize
SEPTEMBER 25 2013 • Calgary Herald
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Godspeed You! Black Emperor Win 2013 Polaris Music Prize Montreal band bests albums by Metric, Tegan and Sara and Purity Ring
SEPTEMBER 24 2013 • Rolling Stone
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Godspeed You! Black Emporer criticise 'insane' Polaris Prize after being named 2013 winners
SEPTEMBER 24 2013 • NME
Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!' album beats off competition from Metz, Metric, Purity Ring and Colin Stetson read more

Godspeed You! Black Emperor Win Polaris Prize: Group Slams Awards Shows, Donates Money
SEPTEMBER 24 2013 • Spin
Group donates award money to music programs in Quebec prisons read more

Godspeed You! Black Emperor Beats Out Tegan and Sara, Metric for Polaris Music Prize
SEPTEMBER 24 2013 • Music Times (NYC)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor was awarded the 2013 Polaris Prize for the best full-length Canadian music album, for its 2012 release "Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!" "Ascend" is Godspeed's fourth studio album, and first in more than 10 years. The band has maintained renown for its experimental "post-rock," although "Ascend" was its first album to place in the charts. read more

Polaris Music Prize 2013: The Award Profiled
SEPTEMBER 24 2013 • Clash (UK)
Godspeed wins the top gong in Canada… read more

Godspeed You! Black Emperor wins Polaris Music Prize, criticizes gala
SEPTEMBER 24 2013 • Global News
Godspeed You! Black Emperor was named winner of the 2013 Polaris Music Prize on Monday — but the Montreal-based band is not very happy with the way the award was presented. read more

Montreal’s Godspeed You! Black Emperor win $30,000 Polaris Music Prize
SEPTEMBER 24 2013 • Montreal Gazette
Hours after winning the $30,000 Polaris music prize, the Montreal band Godspeed You! Black Emperor has lambasted Monday night's awards gala. read more

Godspeed You! Black Emperor unhappily wins the 2013 Polaris Music Prize
SEPTEMBER 24 2013 • Canada.com
The annual Polaris Music Prize was awarded to Godspeed You! Black Emperor from Montreal on Monday, Sept. 23 during a gala event at the Carlu in Toronto. read more

Godspeed You! Black Emperor wins Polaris Music Prize
SEPTEMBER 24 2013 • Ottawa Citizen
The Montreal post-rock outfit Godspeed You! Black Emperor won the $30,000 Polaris Music Prize on Monday, a surprising climax for the fans at Ottawa’s Babylon Club who were rooting for the Ottawa DJ crew, A Tribe Called Red. read more

Polaris winner issues statement critical of music-awards shows
SEPTEMBER 24 2013 • Toronto Star
Says Godspeed You! Black Emperor: “yes we are humble and we are shy to complain when we’ve been acknowledged thusly - BUT. . . read more

Godspeed You! Black Emperor win Polaris Music Prize
SEPTEMBER 24 2013 • CTV NEWS
Montreal post-rock collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor won the $30,000 Polaris Music Prize on Monday for their first new album in a decade, then pledged -- through a representative for the absent band -- to direct their winnings to providing musical education and instruments in Quebec prisons. read more

Godspeed You! Black Emperor wins 2013 Polaris Music Prize
SEPTEMBER 24 2013 • CBC NEWS
Godspeed You! Black Emperor has won the 2013 Polaris Music Prize for the year's best Canadian album, taking home an award worth $30,000 whose recipient is selected without looking at genre or sales history. read more

Pushing The Envelope: Canada's Polaris Music Prize
JULY 26 2013 • Q Magazine (UK)
Canada's answer to the Mercury Prize, the Polaris Music Prize recently announced its 2013 shortlist for album of year. In a guest column for Q, the award's founder and Executive Director Steve Jordan takes a look at this year's nominees, the prize and the Canadian music scene. read more

Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Metric, Metz make Polaris Music Prize shortlist
JULY 16 2013 • NME
The $30,000 prize will be given out at a gala ceremony on September 23 read more

Tegan and Sara, Metric Make Polaris Prize Short List Winner will be announced at September 23rd awards gala
JULY 16 2013 • Rolling Stone
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Polaris Music Prize Announces 2013 Short List Nominees METZ, Purity Ring and 8 others up for the title
JULY 16 2013 • CMJ
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Tegan and Sara, Metric Make the Polaris Music Prize Short List
JULY 16 2013 • Billboard
Metric, METZ, Purity Ring and Tegan and Sara are among the ten acts in the running for Canada's best album of the year. read more

Polaris Prize 2013 Nominees: Tegan and Sara, Metric and more
JULY 16 2013 • Spin
And then there were 10. The Polaris Music Prize has whittled down its 40-album "Long List" of nominees for the 2013 award to a "Short List" of 10 finalists. read more

Polaris Music Prize Announces 2013 Shortlist
JULY 16 2013 • Paste Magazine
For the first time in the show’s history, tickets being made available to the public for $50, which go on sale on July 22. Former nominees Kathleen Edwards and Shad will host this year’s ceremony, which takes place at The Carlu in Toronto. read more

Polaris Prize 2013 Shortlist Unveiled
JULY 16 2013 • Clash Music (UK)
One of the most prestigious prizes afforded to Canadian musicians, the Polaris Music Prize has built a global reputation. Of course, it helps that Canadian music is also undergoing something of a golden age... read more

Polaris-shortlisted A Tribe Called Red reclaim their First Nations culture
JULY 16 2013 • The Globe And Mail
Of the 10 shortlisted albums announced Tuesday for the this year’s Polaris Music Prize, perhaps the most intriguing nominated disc is Nation II Nation. read more

Terrible short list revealed for Canada's Polaris Music Prize
JULY 16 2013 • Los Angeles Times
Canada's Polaris Music Prize is putting the "white" in the Great White North.

Nominees for this year's award -- which seeks to recognize "creativity and diversity in Canadian recorded music," according to a statement -- were announced early Tuesday, and Pop & Hiss is here to tell you that it's a truly horrifying collection, with more indie rock than you can shake an ice-encrusted maple leaf at. read more

Tegan and Sara, Metric on Polaris Prize short list
JULY 16 2013 • Toronto Star
Music geeks, start your squabbling: the 2013 Polaris Music Prize short list has arrived.
It’s a good one, too, one of the most musically diverse in the award’s eight-year history, taking in everything from the trim electro-pop of Metric and Tegan and Sara to the punishing punk assault of METZ and the doomy avant-rock of Godspeed You! Black Emperor to the experimental saxophone tones of Colin Stetson. read more

Polaris Music Prize short list includes Montreal’s Godspeed, Colin Stetson, Young Galaxy
JULY 16 2013 • Montreal Gazette
Montreal has made another strong showing in the Polaris Music Prize’s annual 10-album short list, which was revealed Tuesday. read more

Presenting the 2013 Polaris Music Prize shortlist
JULY 16 2013 • National Post
Veteran post-rock group Godspeed You! Black Emperor, stadium rockers Metric and First Nations group A Tribe Called Red are among this year’s Polaris Music Prize shortlisted artists read more

Polaris Prize shortlists Tegan and Sara, A Tribe Called Red
JULY 16 2013 • CBC News
Hit duo Tegan and Sara, aboriginal DJ collective A Tribe Called Red and indie rock darlings Metric, are among this year's finalists vying for the Polaris Music Prize read more

Albums by Metric, Whitehorse among those on Polaris Music Prize short list
JULY 16 2013 • Global News
Albums by Metric and Whitehorse are among the 10 named on the Polaris Music Prize short list, which was unveiled Tuesday morning at the Drake Hotel. read more

Metric, Tegan and Sara, Godspeed! make short list for $30,000 Polaris Prize
JULY 16 2013 • Edmonton Journal
Toronto new-wave band Metric, Montreal jazz saxophonist Colin Stetson and Calgary twins Tegan and Sara are among the artists who have been named to the short list for the $30,000 Polaris Music Prize. read more

HERE’S YOUR 2013 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE SHORT LIST
JULY 16 2013 • MuchMusic.com
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Polaris Music Prize Short List Arrives ... Who Would You Vote For?
JULY 16 2013 • Spacelab
Canada's big Polaris Music Prize just released their short list for 2013, ten names of who's-who in Canadian music. The list looks tight this year with odds-on favorites Godspeed You! Black Emperor leading the list alongside METZ and Metric, among others. read more

Polaris Music Prize Short List 2013 Revealed
JULY 16 2013 • Stereogum
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Metz, Metric rep Toronto on Polaris Prize Shortlist
JULY 16 2013 • blogTO
The Polaris Music Prize will bestow its eighth award this fall, and today the finalists were whittled down from 40 to 10 based on the votes of over 200 Canadian journalists and music heads. A smaller panel will decide the winner September 23rd, in (where else) Toronto. read more

The 2013 Polaris Prize Shortlist Includes Metz, Zaki Ibrahim, and Metric
JULY 16 2013 • Torontoist
A heat-stroked crowd of musicians, journalists, and assorted music-industry types took refuge inside the Drake Hotel ballroom today to hear the announcement of the 2013 Polaris Music Prize shortlist. Three Torontonian acts were among the ten nominees, including perennial favourites Metric, noise-rock act METZ, and R&B singer Zaki Ibrahim read more

Nanaimo's Zaki Ibrahim make short list for $30,000 Polaris Prize
JULY 16 2013 • Victoria Times Colonist
Considering its remarkable cachet, it can be easy to forget that the Polaris Prize — awarded to the artist who produced Canada's top album of the year — is still fairly new, not even 10 years old. read more

Polaris Prize Short List: Metric, Purity Ring, Tegan & Sara, Metz And More Up for Best Canadian Album
JULY 16 2013 • The Huffington Post
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A Tribe Called Red make Polaris shortlist
JULY 16 2013 • Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa’s A Tribe Called Red has made it to the shortlist for the Polaris Music Prize. read more

Metric, Tegan and Sara make Polaris Prize Short List
JULY 16 2013 • CTV News
Toronto new-wave band Metric, Montreal jazz saxophonist Colin Stetson and Calgary twins Tegan and Sara are among the artists who have been named to the short list for the $30,000 Polaris Music Prize. read more

Whitehorse earns spot on Polaris short list
JULY 16 2013 • Winnipeg Free Press
Whitehorse, the folk duo of Winnipeg-born Luke Doucet and wife Melissa McClelland, have earned a spot on the Polaris Music Prize short list. read more

Mac DeMarco, Metric, Metz longlisted for Canada's Polaris Music Prize
JUNE 14 2013 • NME
Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Besnard Lakes, Suuns, Tegan and Sara and Purity Ring have also made the list. Scroll down to see all of the artists nominated for the award. The shortlist will be revealed on July 16 and the award will be given out in a gala ceremony on September 23. read more

Tegan and Sara, Purity Ring, Metric Nominated for 2013 Polaris Prize Besnard Lakes, Godspeed You! Black Emperor also on long list
JUNE 14 2013 • Rolling Stone
New Pornographers leader AC Newman's solo album Shut Down the Streets are also among the 40 artists nominated for the prestigious Canadian prize. read more

Metric make Polaris Music Prize long list
JUNE 14 2013 • Metro News Canada
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Polaris Music Prize unveils 2013 longlist
JUNE 14 2013 • Live4ever (uk)
The longlist for this year’s Polaris Music Prize – the Canadian equivalent of the Mercury Music Prize – has been unveiled, with Mac DeMarco, Rhye and Majical Cloudz likely to be strong contenders for the award. read more

Nova Scotia acts among Polaris nods
JUNE 14 2013 • Halifax Chronicle Herald
East Coast performers in the running include Chester banjo balladeer Old Man Luedecke for his Nashville-recorded Tender Is the Night, the Halifax/Montreal electronic pop duo Purity Ring for its debut album Shrines, and veteran P.E.I. singer-songwriter Al Tuck with his recently released Stranger at the Wake read more

Regina's Rah Rah on Polaris long list
JUNE 14 2013 • Regina Leader Post
Montreal art-rockers Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Regina band Rah Rah and Toronto new-wave band Metric are among the artists who have made the 40-album Polaris Music Prize long list. read more

Metric, Godspeed make Polaris Music Prize long list
JUNE 14 2013 • cp24 Toronto's Breaking News
Calgary pop duo Tegan and Sara, Montreal art-rockers Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Toronto new-wave band Metric are among the artists who have made the 40-album Polaris Music Prize long list.

Read more: http://www.cp24.com/metric-godspeed-make-polaris-music-prize-long-list-1.1324520#ixzz2WC0RxoS6 read more

Corb Lund, Purity Ring named to Polaris long list Award for best album to be given in September
JUNE 14 2013 • Edmonton Journal
Three musical acts with Edmonton connections are among the artists who have made the 40-album Polaris Music Prize long list. read more

Polaris Prize long list includes Vancouver's Tegan and Sara, Hannah Georgas and Ancients Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/music/Polaris+Prize+long+list+includes+Tegan+Sara+Metric/8520848/story.html#ixzz2W7UnnUJo
JUNE 13 2013 • Vancouver Sun
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Presenting the full 2013 Polaris Prize longlist
JUNE 13 2013 • National Post
Nearly half of this year’s 40 Polaris Prize nominees are repeat customers, as the 2013 incarnation of the annual Canadian music prize has earned nods for Metric, Tegan and Sara, Hayden and 13 other CanCon mainstays who have graced the list at least once before. read more

Who made it? See the full Polaris Music Prize long list
JUNE 13 2013 • The Globe And Mail
Calgary pop duo Tegan and Sara, Montreal art-rockers Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Toronto new-wave band Metric are among the artists who have made the 40-album Polaris Music Prize long list. read more

KEN mode lands on the Polaris Long List
JUNE 13 2013 • CBC Manitoba
Winnipeg metal/hardcore heroes KEN mode made The Long List for their latest album, Entrench. read more

Former Victorian Hannah Georgas and Nanaimo native Zaki Ibrahim make Polaris Prize long list
JUNE 13 2013 • Victoria Times Colonist
The first round of albums in contention for the annual Polaris Music Prize were revealed Thursday during a press conference at the Phi Centre in Montreal. read more

Tegan and Sara, Majical Cloudz, Daphni Among 2013 Polaris Prize Nominees
JUNE 13 2013 • Billboard
The 40 Canadian albums on this year’s Polaris Music Prize Long List were announced today at Montreal’s Phi Centre and include Tegan and Sara’s Heartthrob, Metric’s Synthetica, Lindi Ortega’s Cigarettes & Truckstops, Chilly Gonzales’ Solo Piano II, Hayden’s Us Alone, Kid Koala’ 12 Bit Blues and Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! read more

Polaris Music Prize announces 2013 long list
JUNE 13 2013 • Montreal Gazette
It’s 2012 all over again for local artists on the Polaris Music Prize long list. Like last year, albums by native Montreal and Montreal-based artists took 11 spots – more than a quarter – on the list. The Besnard Lakes, Les soeurs Boulay and Majical Cloudz were among those who made it past the first hurdle. read more

Polaris Music Prize: Metric, Godspeed, Tegan and Sara make long list
JUNE 13 2013 • Toronto Star
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Polaris Music Prize Unveils 2013 Long List
JUNE 13 2013 • Exclaim!
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Polaris Prize Long List taps Corb Lund, Tegan and Sara: $30K prize singles out best in new Canadian music
JUNE 13 2013 • CBC News
International hit duo Tegan and Sara and Toronto synth-rockers Metric are among the 40 artists nominated for the Polaris Prize, a $30,000 award that aims to tap the best Canadian album of the last year. read more

Polaris Prize 2013: Long List Includes Metric, A Tribe Called Red, Tegan and Sara
JUNE 13 2013 • Huffington Post
The 2013 Polaris Prize long list was announced today, June 13, in Montreal, revealing the forty Canadian albums that made it through the first round of the $30,000 critic-voted best Canadian album award. read more

A Tribe Called Red are on this year’s Polaris Prize long list Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/Tribe+Called+this+year+Polaris+Prize+long+list/8520558/story.html#ixzz2W7PVzVUC
JUNE 13 2013 • Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa’s rising hip hop stars A Tribe Called Red are on this year’s Polaris Prize long list. read more

A Polaris Prize juror on Feist, Drake and how it all went down
SEPTEMBER 30 2012 • Macleans
Feist won the 2012 Polaris Music Prize for her album Metals last Monday night. Many celebrated the decision, considering the album rich with great songs, inventive arrangements and an exquisitely executed artistic vision. Others wondered why Polaris jurors—of which I was one of 11 locked in room deciding the outcome during the gala—picked such an apparently “safe” act. read more

Feist Wins Polaris Prize for 'Metals'
SEPTEMBER 30 2012 • Rolling Stone
Album cited for "rare depth and beauty" at gala. read more

Feist wins Canadian music prize
SEPTEMBER 29 2012 • BBC News
Canadian singer Feist has been named the winner of the 2012 Polaris Music Prize, for her album Metals.The award, Canada's answer to the UK's Mercury Prize, recognises the best album of the year by a Canadian artist. Last year's prize, worth 30,000 Canadian dollars (£24,000), went to The Suburbs by Montreal-based band Arcade Fire. read more

Feist is $30,000 richer. Metals wins the 2012 Polaris Music Prize
SEPTEMBER 25 2012 • Now Magazine
The annual Polaris Music Prize was awarded Monday night to Feist. Once again, the prestigious award continued its tradition of surprise winners. read more

Feist claims Polaris Music Prize
SEPTEMBER 25 2012 • ABC (Australia)
Feist's fourth album, Metals, has won Canada's Polaris Music Prize. The record held off some stiff competition from the likes of Drake, Grimes and Japandroids to claim the $30,000 award. read more

Canada’s Music Journalists Heart Feist
SEPTEMBER 25 2012 • Macleans
Leslie Feist has taken home one of Canadian music’s biggest prizes. The Nova Scotia-born, Calgary-bred, and Toronto-based artist look home the $30,000 Polaris prize yesterday read more

Feist Wins Canada's Prestigious Polaris Prize for 'Metals'
SEPTEMBER 25 2012 • Fuse
The Calgary-bred singer-songwriter beat out albums from Drake, Japandroids, Handsome Furs and more to win Canada's coveted $30,000 Polaris Music Prize read more

Feist beats Drake to win Canada's album Polaris Prize for 'Metals'
SEPTEMBER 25 2012 • Digital Spy (UK)
Feist has won Canada's Polaris Music Prize for her album Metals.The LP was crowned the country's coveted $30,000 award at a ceremony last night (September 24) at Toronto's Concert Hall. read more

Feist wins Canada's Polaris Music Prize: Singer fends off competition from Grimes, Drake and Fucked Up to take the award
SEPTEMBER 25 2012 • NME
Feist has won the 2012 Polaris Music Prize, Canada's answer to the Mercury, for her fourth album 'Metals'.The singer, who was also nominated for the record's 2007 predecessor 'The Reminder', collected the $30,000 (£19,000) cheque at last night's (September 24) prize gala in Toronto. read more

Feist Wins Polaris Prize for 'Metals' Album cited for 'rare and depth and beauty' at Gala
SEPTEMBER 25 2012 • Rolling Stone
Feist's Metals was awarded Canada's coveted $30,000 Polaris Music Prize last night over Drake's Take Care, Kathleen Edwards' Voyageur and seven other releases in a Masons-like secret vote. read more

Feist wins Polaris Music Prize for Metals
SEPTEMBER 25 2012 • CBC
'I'm just really shocked and really, really grateful,' Canadian singer-songwriter says read more

Feist Wins 2012 Polaris Prize, Responds by Hiding Under Table
SEPTEMBER 25 2012 • Spin
In perhaps the most anti-Kanye move in the history of award receiving, when Feist's Metals was named the winner of the 2012 Polaris Music Prize — a Canadian honor for recorded music that comes with $30,000 — last night, the singer/songwriter first hid under her table, then announced it was her "worst fear." read more

Feist's Polaris Prize: Didn't Think She'd Win, Will Use Money to Fight Mega Quarry
SEPTEMBER 25 2012 • Spinner (AOL)
Leslie Feist won the $30,000 Polaris Music Prize last night for her fourth album, Metals, and no one was more stunned by the news than the artist herself. Upon hearing the announcement that she had won, Feist crawled under the table at the gala event, which took place at Toronto's Masonic Temple, almost refusing to get out. read more

Polaris Music Prize: Feist reacts to win, Drake skips out on 'surprise' appearance
SEPTEMBER 25 2012 • Vancouver Sun
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Feist's 'Metals' wins 2012 Polaris Prize
SEPTEMBER 25 2012 • Toronto Star
No, in most contemporary CanCon circles, Leslie Feist would probably not be considered an underdog. The oft-nomadic, now mostly Toronto-based singer/songwriter nevertheless took the $30,000 Polaris Music Prize for last year’s elusive Metals album on Monday night after heading into the increasingly prestigious award’s 2012 gala at the Masonic Temple as anything but an oddsmakers’ favourite. read more

Winning the Polaris ‘like getting the Valentine from the right boy’: Feist
SEPTEMBER 25 2012 • The Globe and Mail
“What can I say? He missed a good show.” Steve Jordan, the guy who runs the Polaris Music Prize, was asked at the post-gala press conference about Drake, the rap artist who was fickle and diva-like on Monday evening, vacillating between attending the award ceremony (which saw the trophy and $30,000 go to the indie-pop queen Feist) and not bothering to appear read more

Feist beats out Drake for Polaris Music Prize
SEPTEMBER 25 2012 • HitFix
Feist has won the 2012 Polaris Music Prize. Beating out shortlist competitors including Drake, Japandroids and Handsome Furs, the Canadian singer-songwriter was awarded the honor this evening for her album "Metals," which received widespread acclaim and debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 last June. read more

Feist wins the $30,000 2012 Polaris Music Prize
SEPTEMBER 25 2012 • The Province (Vancouver)
Standout Canadian songstress Feist (Leslie Feist) emerged victorious amongst some of Canada’s best musical talents to win the $30,000 2012 Polaris Music Prize for her album Metals. read more

Feist wins 2012 Polaris Prize for Metals
SEPTEMBER 25 2012 • National Post
Feist was awarded the 2012 Polaris Music Prize on Monday night or her 2011 album Metals.
“Everyone had a favourite record and I did, too, and I didn’t think it was me,” Feist said at a reception Monday night in Toronto. “I’ll be going to all these gigs, because I’d like to see an hour and a half of all these performers.” read more

Feist wins $30,000 Polaris Music Prize for her album, ’Metals’
SEPTEMBER 25 2012 • Vancouver Sun
The Calgary-raised, Toronto-based 36-year-old — whose full name is Leslie Feist — claimed the award for her fourth album, “Metals,” at a gala Monday night in Toronto. read more

Reaction to the 2012 Polaris Music Prize or, Why Feist Probably Deserved To Win
SEPTEMBER 25 2012 • Uptown Mag (Wiinnipeg)
The reaction on Twitter has been mixed. Some have been elated; others are making the same old arguments. Basically: "she doesn’t need the money and why is Polaris becoming the Junos and" blah blah blah WAH WAH BORING.

Here’s the thing: The Polaris is not actually, as one tweeter suggested, "about giving under-appreciated artists like (Owen Pallett) exposure." It’s about "recognizing and markets albums of the highest artistic integrity, without regard to musical genre, professional affiliation, or sales history." read more

Feist Wins the 2012 Polaris Music Prize
SEPTEMBER 25 2012 • Exclaim!
After months of anticipation, the winner of this year's Polaris Music Prize was announced this evening (September 24) during a ceremony at Concert Hall Studios at Bell Media's Masonic Temple in Toronto. read more

2012 Polaris Gala Shows All That’s Right with Canadian Music
SEPTEMBER 25 2012 • Torontoist
Feist may have won this year's Polaris Prize, but the gala was as much about showcasing talent as it was giving away giant cheques. read more

Feist takes Polaris Music Prize
SEPTEMBER 25 2012 • Midnight Poutine (Montreal)
She's walking away with $30,000 and (apparently) a really sick tour bus for the UK? Sure, cool. Tim and Jeremy from Arcade Fire were there to announce the winner... read more

Feist Wins the 2012 Polaris Music Prize, Beating Out Grimes, Drake, Japandroids
SEPTEMBER 25 2012 • Spinner (AOL)
Feist has won the 2012 Polaris Music Prize for her album, Metals.The singer has been nominated for the Polaris three times in the past, once as a solo artist for her album The Reminder in 2007, and twice as a member of Broken Social Scene. read more

Feist’s Metals album wins 2012 Polaris Prize
SEPTEMBER 25 2012 • Metro News (Canada)
Feist, having won the Artist of the Year prize at this year’s Junos, added to the honours on Monday night as she won the 2012 Polaris Prize at the end of a gala at Toronto’s Masonic Temple.

The four-time Grammy nominee took the prize, which is accompanied by a cash prize of $30,000, after hours of deliberations by critics in the prize’s grand jury read more

Feist wins 2012 Polaris Prize
SEPTEMBER 25 2012 • The Georgia Straight (Vancouver)
Feist has won this year’s Polaris Prize for her record Metals. In case you are curious, we voted for, in no particular order, the latest records by the Pack a.d., Dan Mangan, and Alcoholic White Trash. They didn’t win. For her win, Feist takes home the biggest cheque—a whopping $30,000—she’s received since that “1234” song got stuck in your head for five months thanks to that infernal iPod commercial. read more

How Canada's National Music Award Got It's Start In Kingston
SEPTEMBER 13 2012 • Kingston Life
It’s the classic music business question: Is it about music or business? Art or profit? Cultural talisman or corporate bottom line? That debate is at the heart of Canada’s Polaris Prize, a national music award that, like its founder, was born in Kingston. read more

Always a compromise: Why whittling down a Polaris Prize shortlist is "like wrestling a queen-mattress-sized piece of tofu up the stairs"
JULY 20 2012 • Toronto Standard
I was a shaking, sweaty wreck by the time I flung myself through the doors of the Drake Hotel for the Polaris Prize shortlist announcement. Founder Steve Jordan had just taken his place behind the podium, a bag of LPs from Sonic Boom in his hand, ready to announce the winner read more

Polaris Prize 2012 - Short List. Final names announced...
JULY 19 2012 • ClashMusic (UK)
The final shortlist for Canada's Polaris Prize has been announced, with the winner due to be unveiled later this year. read more

Grimes, Drake, Feist and Japandroids make Polaris Music Prize shortlist
JULY 19 2012 • NME
Grimes, Feist and Drake have all been shortlisted for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize, the Canadian equivalent of the UK's Mercury Music Prize. read more

Polaris music prize 2012: Drake and Grimes among nominees Canada's equivalent of the Mercury prize also includes Feist, Cold Specks and Japandroids among others
JULY 18 2012 • The Guardian (UK)
Drake, Grimes and a Noh-theatre-inspired psych band are among the nominees for this year's Polaris prize, Canada's biggest music award. Ten albums have been shortlisted for the $30,000 (£19,000) prize, which will be handed out on 24 September. read more

The Polaris shortlist: What we got wrong
JULY 17 2012 • Globe and Mail
I put my money where my mouth is, and am now 40-per-cent poorer for my gall. In Tuesday’s paper, my prediction as to the make up of the 2012 Polaris Music Prize shortlist was published. The actual shortlist was subsequently announced, showing my prognostication skills as only so-so, hitting on six of my 10 choices. And I’m okay with that. read more

Polaris Prize reveals short, but broad, list
JULY 17 2012 • Toronto Star
It’s a safe bet you’re not going to find another award in Canada (or anywhere else, for that matter) that puts a hip-hop superstar like Drake on equal footing with Montreal’s decidedly unique Yamantaka/Sonic Titan, a prog-metal ensemble inspired by Japanese “noh” theatre, and that is the simple beauty of the Polaris Music Prize. read more

Kathleen Edwards makes the Polaris Music Prize shortlist for best album of 2012
JULY 17 2012 • Ottawa Citizen
Kathleen Edwards has made the shortlist for best Canadian album of 2012. The Ottawa singer-songwriter received her nod for the album Voyageur. She joins a list that includes Drake, Feist and Grimes. read more

Drake, Grimes Nominated for Polaris Prize
JULY 17 2012 • The Fader
Today the committee for the 2012 Polaris Prize, which celebrates the year’s best album from a Canadian artist, announced the short list of nominees, including Drake’s Take Care and Grimes’ Visions. Japandroids and Cadence Weapon are also in the running read more

Polaris Prize nominees react: ‘I couldn’t be more stoked’
JULY 17 2012 • National Post
The Polaris Music Prize announced its 10 shortlist nominees Tuesday in Toronto. Artists vying for the $30,000 award include such well-known, top-selling performers as Drake and Leslie Feist, and some lesser established acts, such as Cold Specks, a goth soul singer from Brampton, Ont., and Yamantaka//Sonic Titan, a kabuki-clad metal act with members from Alberta, Montreal and Toronto. read more

Drake, Feist make Polaris Prize short list
JULY 17 2012 • CBC
Established Canadian stars like Drake, Feist, Cadence Weapon and F--ked Up are in the running for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize. read more

Vancouver's Japandroids, Kathleen Edwards make Polaris Music Prize short list
JULY 17 2012 • Vancouver Province
The first time Kathleen Edwards was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize back in 2008, she didn't know much about the award. But it's a sign of how much the $30,000 prize's profile has grown over the past four years that the Ottawa singer/songwriter felt very differently when she was nominated for a second time on Tuesday. She joined an eclectic 10-artist short list that also includes Toronto rapper Drake, Vancouver rock duo Japandroids and Calgary-reared songstress Feist. read more

Japandroids, Feist, Drake make Polaris Prize short list
JULY 17 2012 • Vancouver Sun
Vancouver noise-rock duo Japandroids has been announced as one of the 10 short listed nominees for this year's Polaris Music Prize.The band's lauded sophomore effort Celebration Rock, which has garnered positive nods from Spin, Rolling Stone and Pitchfork, will be competing for top honours against albums by Drake, Feist and previous Polaris winners F---ed Up. read more

Polaris Music Prize Reveals 2012 Short List
JULY 17 2012 • Exclaim!
The annual Polaris Music Prize, which recognizes the best Canadian album from the past year, is currently in the midst of its seventh instalment. Following the previously unveiled long list of 40 nominees, the organizers have now rolled out the short list of ten albums that will be in the running for this year's award. read more

Polaris short list revealed
JULY 17 2012 • London Free Press
And then there were 10. The Polaris Music Prize unveiled its short list of nominees for 2012 on Tuesday, and it includes everyone from rap superstar Drake and indie queen Feist to garage-rockers Japandroids and previous winners F---ed Up. read more

Short list announced for Polaris Music Prize, Toronto well-represented
JULY 17 2012 • Toronto Life
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Montrealers Grimes, Cadence Weapon, Handsome Furs and Yamantaka make Polaris Music Prize short list
JULY 17 2012 • Montreal Gazette
We’ve known the 40 bands on the Polaris Music Prize’s long list since June 14. And now we know the short list, the 10 Canadian albums, announced at 2 p.m. ET, which will be whittled down to one winner on Sept. 24, 2012. read more

Torontonians Claim Four-and-a-Half Spots on Polaris Short List
JULY 17 2012 • Torontoist
Musicians, journalists, and other various “industry types” crowded into a sticky-hot Drake Hotel Lounge this afternoon to hear the announcement of this year’s Polaris Prize short list (while eating complimentary pulled-pork sliders). read more

Former Edmonton poet laureate Cadence Weapons makes Polaris short list
JULY 17 2012 • Metro News
Edmonton rapper and former city poet laureate Cadence Weapon has made the 2012 Polaris Prize short list with his album “Hope in Dirt City.” read more

The realist and the wish list for 2012’s Polaris Music Prize Short List
JULY 17 2012 • Globe and Mail
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Toronto’s Drake, Feist and F---ed Up in running for Polaris Prize
JULY 17 2012 • Toronto Star
The artistically ambitious Toronto punks in the ensemble F---ed Up will have a chance at another first — they could be the first musical act to win the Polaris Music Prize twice. read more

Feist, Drake, Japandroids Make Polaris Prize Shortlist
JULY 17 2012 • Rolling Stone
Fucked Up, Grimes, Handsome Furs also up for Canadian music prize read more

Polaris Music Prize 2012 Short List: SPIN's Guide to the 10 Key Acts
JULY 17 2012 • Spin
After announcing its long list last month, Canada's Polaris Prize jurors have whittled the pool down to ten native acts whose recent albums deserve short-list status for the $30,000 award that commends each year's "best album based solely on artistic merit without regard to sales or genre." When the list was released today, we realized we've weighed in on almost all of them, so consider this a SPIN User's Guide to the 2012 Polaris Prize. read more

Drake, Grimes, Japandroids, Feist Among 2012 Polaris Music Prize Short List
JULY 17 2012 • Billboard
Drake, Grimes, Japandroids, Feist, Handsome Furs and Kathleen Edwards were among the ten artists short-listed for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize, which recognizes "the best" Canadian album of the year as determined by more 200 members of the Canadian music media. read more

Japandroids, Grimes, Drake, Fucked Up, Feist, Handsome Furs Make Polaris Prize Short List
JULY 17 2012 • Pitchfork
As promised, the short list has been revealed for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize, which honors the best album of the year by a Canadian artist. read more

Polaris Prize: Grimes, Drake, Japandroids, Feist Make 2012 Short List
JULY 17 2012 • AOL Spinner
Canada's Polaris Prize has gone through some growing pains over its seven year lifespan as the 200+ jurists and music fans alike try to wrap their head around a $30,000 award for the best Canadian album that declares its disdain for such factors as genre, sales, public profile, fan base, or net worth. read more

Japandroids, Fucked Up, Drake make Polaris Prize short list
JULY 17 2012 • AV Club
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Polaris Music Prize Short List Announced
JULY 17 2012 • CMJ
The Polaris Music Prize, the most coveted music award in Canada, announced its final 10 nominees today in Toronto. Originally selecting 40 potential winners, the list has been cut down to the 10 heavy-hitting hopefuls in the running to win the title of Canadian full-length album of the year, as well as $30,000. read more

Cohen, Drake and Feist among the many on Polaris long list
JUNE 20 2012 • The Globe and Mail
Jim Cuddy didn’t make the cut, but Calgary’s doom-noise duo Mares of Thrace did. Grammy-winning R&B singer Melanie Fiona isn’t a finalist, but Vancouver singer-songwriter Dan Mangan is the man.
The 40 long-listed albums for the 2012 Polaris Prize were announced at Vancouver’s Waldorf Hotel, where confetti flew for some artists, while others received the sad trombone. read more

Feist, Drake, and Japandroids Make Polaris Prize Long List
JUNE 15 2012 • Spin
Fucked Up, Leonard Cohen, Grimes also up for Canadian honor. What artist's album will join the ranks of Arcade Fire's The Suburbs and Fucked Up's The Chemistry of Common Life as a recipient of the Polaris Music Prize? read more

The full nominations are in for the Polaris Music Prize - Canada's equivalent of the Mercury.
JUNE 15 2012 • Clash Music (UK)
In case you've been living under a rock, the Canadian music scene has produced a ludicrous amount of gems across the past decade or so. Established to highlight the country's ever stupendous output, the Polaris Music Prize is one of the main focal points for critical thought. read more

Polaris Prize more popular than ever as 2012 longlist is announced
JUNE 15 2012 • National Post
The long list of the seventh annual Polaris Music Prize was announced Thursday morning in Vancouver and acts such as Feist, A Tribe Called Red, Kathleen Edwards, Cold Specks and The Weeknd will be competing for the $30,000 prize. “The long list is a way for us to spread the love a little bit, let people know that there’s more good music in this country than just what ends up winning the big prize,” says Steve Jordan, the Polaris Prize founder, who began the award in 2006. “We’re trending No. 1 in Canada on Twitter today — we’ve never had that before with our long list.” read more

Polaris Prize long list includes lots of Toronto bands
JUNE 15 2012 • Toronto Star
More than a quarter of the best albums released in Canada over the past year are from bands that call Toronto home. At a ceremony on Thursday in Vancouver, the Polaris Prize released its 40-album long list of Canadian albums that are in contention for the $30,000 music prize read more

Polaris Music Prize Reveals 2012 Long List
JUNE 15 2012 • Exclaim
Once again, the Polaris Music Prize is back to honour the best in Canadian music from the past year. Now in its seventh instalment, the annual prize will hand out a $30,000 award to what the jury deems the best Canadian album released between June 2011 and May 2012. read more

Polaris Prize Long List 2012 Announced
JUNE 15 2012 • The Province
Canadian legend Leonard Cohen, francophone rising star Couer de Pirate, beloved Vancouver singer/songwriter Dan Mangan and underground First Nations hip hop A Tribe Called Red all made the 2012 Polaris Music Prize Long List sponsored by the Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada (MROC). read more

Nova Scotia well represented on Polaris Prize long list
JUNE 15 2012 • Chronicle Herald
Acts from Nova Scotia, or with ties to the province, fared well in Thursday's 2012 Polaris Prize long list announcement.Assembled by a jury of music industry figures from across the country, the 40-act list included the latest releases by Halifax-area acts Rich Aucoin, Rose Cousins and the Joel Plaskett Emergency. There were also nods for Amherst-born international success Leslie Feist and modern roots trio Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, whose co-founder Stephen Fearing currently calls Halifax home. read more

Drake, Leonard Cohen, Feist make Polaris Music Prize long list
JUNE 15 2012 • Vancouver Sun
Montreal poet Leonard Cohen, Toronto rapper Drake and indie songstress Feist are among the artists included on the 40-album long list for the Polaris Music Prize. read more

The Polaris Music Prize announces its Long List
JUNE 15 2012 • Montreal Gazette
Montreal artists made in impressive showing on the 2012 Polaris Music Prize long list, announced today (June 14) in Vancouver. Performers from our city grabbed more than a quarter of the 40 nominations read more

Feist, Drake, Patrick Watson, Leonard Cohen, Grimes, Cadence Weapon Highlight 2012 Polaris Music Prize Long List
JUNE 15 2012 • Spinner (AOL)
With most of the Canadian music industry setting their sights on Toronto's NXNE, organizers of the now seventh annual Polaris Music Prize instead announced its 40 Long List nominees today at the Waldorf Hotel in Vancouver, BC. And like most years, the much-scrutinized list contains a few surprises, some bigger names and two previous Polaris Music Prize winners. read more

Drake vs. Feist vs. 38 Other Awesome Artists: Your 2012 Polaris Long List Is Here
JUNE 15 2012 • Dose.ca
Consider it a different kind of Top 40 music. The Polaris Music Prize announced their Long List for for 2012 Thursday in Vancouver, revealing the 40 made-in-Canada albums competing for a $30,000 prize. read more

Two Manitoba Bands Make Polaris Music Prize List
JUNE 15 2012 • ChrisD.ca (Winnipeg News and Media)
Two Manitoba bands have made it on the prestigious Polaris Music Prize long list of Canadian albums. read more

Edmonton's Mark Davis makes Polaris Prize long list
JUNE 15 2012 • Edmonton Journal
I'd take one Polaris short list over 10 Junos,” said Davis. “(The Junos) are just an impenetrable club of in-crowd arts administrators who have a vested interest somehow. Whereas the only interest you have as Polaris jurors is the passion for music. read more

Saskatoon band gets Polaris long list love
JUNE 15 2012 • The Star Phoenix
The Polaris Prize long list nominations were revealed this afternoon, and Saskatoon's Shooting Guns are one of the 40 artists up for consideration for the prestigious music prize read more

Polarity - Finding a balance in the Polaris Prize process
JUNE 10 2012 • Toronto Standard
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Will you be watching the Juno Awards?
MARCH 28 2012 • Macleans Magazine
After winning a Polaris Music Prize, to what should Canadian musicians aspire? The answer should be the Juno Awards. Now is CARAS’ chance to capitalize on their success last year, and they seem to be doing so. The list of nominees demonstrates even more awareness of exciting artists who, in previous years, would certainly have been overlooked: Braids, Dan Mangan, Diamond Rings, Fucked Up, Timber Timbre, Destroyer, Drake, Feist, Austra, Duck Sauce, Tim Hecker, Junior Boys and Colin Stetson, to name a few. read more

The Year in Pop
DECEMBER 06 2011 • New York Magazine
Polaris Short LIst artists dominate NY Mag's 2011 top 10 list with Austra at #1, Colin Stetson at #2 and Destroyer at #4. read more

Polaris Short List dominates New York Magazine's top picks for 2011
DECEMBER 06 2011 • Toronto Life
"New York" Magazine lauds Austra’s "Feel It Break" as their No. 1 album of the year as Polaris Short List artists dominate NY Mag's top 10 music list for 2011 with Colin Stetson at #2 and Destroyer #4. read more

Considering Fucked Up’s pretentious, excellent, LP in a Parisian-style music salon
NOVEMBER 10 2011 • The AV Club
Last night at The Drake Hotel, Fucked Up received an appropriately salon-style treatment, as part of an ongoing “for your consideration” series mounted by the Polaris Music Prize. The idea is for a Polaris juror (here, Exclaim, Aux, and A.V. Club contributor Sam Sutherland) to champion an album eligible for next year’s oversized cheque. read more

Benjamin Boles on Arcade Fire’s fated Polaris
SEPTEMBER 28 2011 • Now Magazine (Toronto)
The annual Polaris Music Prize has a history of upsets, with lesser-known and sometimes difficult artists often beating out much bigger names. That tradition continued this year in one sense. read more

Arcade Fire basks in Polaris victory
SEPTEMBER 21 2011 • The Canadian Press
Montreal’s Arcade Fire has won the $30,000 Polaris Music Prize, yet another accolade for the band’s universally celebrated third album, The Suburbs. read more

Not much suspense to Arcade Fire’s Polaris triumph
SEPTEMBER 21 2011 • The Globe and Mail
What was it that one might have overheard, had one walked past the grand-jury deliberating room at the Polaris Prize gala in Toronto Monday evening? read more

Not much suspense to Arcade Fire’s Polaris triumph
SEPTEMBER 21 2011 • The Globe and Mail
What was it that one might have overheard, had one walked past the grand-jury deliberating room at the Polaris Prize gala in Toronto Monday evening? read more

Arcade Fire and the Polaris Music Prize: Did the best album win?
SEPTEMBER 20 2011 • Vancouver Sun
Was yet another Arcade Fire triumph – following Grammy, Juno and BRIT consecrations – really that unfathomable? Well, this is the Polaris Music Prize we’re talking about, one of the trickiest awards (along with its British near-equivalent Mercury Prize) to accurately forecast. read more

2011 Polaris Prize Goes to Arcade Fire
SEPTEMBER 20 2011 • Torontoist
Canada's biggest little "indie" band are the prize's first commercially and critically successful winners. read more

2011 Polaris Prize Goes to Arcade Fire
SEPTEMBER 20 2011 • Torontoist
Canada's biggest little "indie" band are the prize's first commercially and critically successful winners. read more

Seven things we learned at the 2011 Polaris Music Prize Gala
SEPTEMBER 20 2011 • The Grid TO
The winner of last night's Polaris Music Prize may not have been a big surprise, but the experience was nonetheless revelatory. read more

Arcade Fire win 2011 Polaris Music Prize
SEPTEMBER 20 2011 • NME
Arcade Fire have won the 2011 Polaris Music Prize, the Canadian equivalent of the UK’s Mercury Music Prize, for their third album 'The Suburbs'.. beats off competition from Austra, Braids and Timbre Timbre to take prize read more

Arcade Fire Win Canada's Top Music Prize
SEPTEMBER 20 2011 • Spin Magazine
Arcade Fire took home the 2011 Polaris Music Prize last night for third album The Suburbs. The Montreal collective beat out nine other nominees for the honor, given to the best Canadian album of the year, including iconoclastic indie-rock wordsmith Destroyer, enigmatic R&B act the Weeknd, hypnotic electro-pop trio Austra, and dream-pop sirens Braids. read more

The Weeknd Didn’t Win the Polaris Music Prize
SEPTEMBER 20 2011 • New York Magazine
Even though Vulture was willing to preemptively congratulate Canada on awarding its top music prize to a shady dude with a free mix tape read more

Arcade Fire Wins Polaris Music Prize
SEPTEMBER 20 2011 • Rolling Stone
Canadian band honored for 'The Suburbs' read more

Arcade Fire Wins Canada's Polaris Music Prize
SEPTEMBER 20 2011 • Billboard
After taking home the Grammy award and Juno award for Album of the Year, Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" has been named the best Canadian album of the past 12 months by earning the 2011 Polaris Music Prize read more

Rockers Arcade Fire win Canadian 'Mercury Prize'
SEPTEMBER 20 2011 • BBC News
Arcade Fire have won Canada's equivalent of the Mercury Prize for their third album The Suburbs.
The Montreal rockers, who have already won two Brits this year, accepted the Polaris Award and a cheque for $30,000 (£19,000). read more

Arcade Fire wins prestigious Polaris Prize
SEPTEMBER 20 2011 • The Telegraph (UK)
Arcade Fire takes home 'Canadian Mercury prize' for their sensational third album 'The Suburbs.' read more

Arcade Fire wins Polaris Music Prize for 'The Suburbs'
SEPTEMBER 20 2011 • CTV (Montreal)
"Since the beginning of our career, we've tried to get paid in an oversized novelty cheque, but no one did it -- 'til now," joked multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed Parry as he claimed the large note.

"Thanks Polaris." read more

Arcade Fire wins Polaris Music Prize
SEPTEMBER 20 2011 • Globe and Mail
Arcade Fire has won the $30,000 Polaris Music Prize, the latest accolade for the band’s celebrated third album, The Suburbs.The Montreal band already swept album-of-the-year honours at the Juno, Grammy and Brit Awards with the disc, which opened at No. 1 on the Billboard chart in Canada, the United States and Britain. read more

Arcade Fire Win the 2011 Polaris Music Prize
SEPTEMBER 20 2011 • Exclaim
As has become a yearly tradition, the summer months have been a flurry of hype leading up to the presentation of the Polaris Music Prize. read more

Arcade Fire, Sexsmith, Austra vie for Polaris Prize
SEPTEMBER 19 2011 • CTV News
Arcade Fire, Austra and Destroyer are among the 10 artists vying for the Polaris Music Prize tonight.
The $30,000 prize will be handed out at a gala in Toronto. The award is given to the best Canadan album from the previous year, regardless of genre or commercial performance. read more

Polaris faces the Arcade Fire conundrum
SEPTEMBER 18 2011 • Toronto Star
There’s only going to be one outcome of the Polaris Music Prize gala on Monday night: either the Arcade Fire wins or the Arcade Fire loses. If the acclaimed Montreal ensemble wins, it will be the first time in the award’s six-year history that the Polaris grand jury’s choice of victor lines up with mainstream tastes. read more

Ron Sexsmith shocked by Polaris shortlisting, feels like 'weirdest guy' on list
SEPTEMBER 17 2011 • Winnipeg Free Press
For Ron Sexsmith, making the Polaris Music Prize short list is a little like finally receiving a lunchtime invitation to the cool kids' table. The pathologically self-deprecating singer/songwriter was immensely proud of the record that earned the distinction, "Long Player Late Bloomer." But read more

His papers are in order, but is Colin Stetson’s music Canadian enough for the Polaris?
SEPTEMBER 17 2011 • The Globe and Mail
The deciding round of this year’s $30,000 Polaris Music Prize is at hand, and as usual the jurors are pledged to base their deliberations “solely on artistic merit.” A few other non-artistic filters have already been applied: Each album must have been released during a certain period, and its makers must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents. read more

Polaris Prize not a popularity contest
SEPTEMBER 17 2011 • National Post
Should Arcade Fire not win the Polaris Music Prize, it will be just about the only accolade they don't receive this year. read more

Place your bets: here are our favourites to win the 2011 Polaris Prize
SEPTEMBER 12 2011 • Macleans Magazine
Just because Arcade Fire has won every prize in the known universe doesn’t mean it’ll be a cakewalk.
We have painstakingly analyzed the candidacies of the 10 short-listed albums and come up with the Official Maclean’s Betting Lines for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize: read more

Canada’s Finest: A look at the nominees for the Polaris Music Prize 2011
SEPTEMBER 12 2011 • The Line of Best Fit (UK)
Following the heady excitement of the announcement of 2011′s Mercury Music Prize winner, some amongst our musical brethren may now find themselves feeling a little lost. “What am I going to do now?”, “what will I place bets on at the bookies?”, “what will I have to argue about with my friends in the pub?” are the kind of questions on the lips of many a music fan throughout the UK. But friends, don’t worry. Our buddies in Canada are here to save the day. read more

PJ Harvey is this year’s recipient of England’s prestigious Mercury Prize
SEPTEMBER 08 2011 • Death and Taxes (UK)
PJ Harvey is this year’s recipient of England’s prestigious Mercury Prize for best British album of the year, reinforcing the notion that basically all developed nations have better national music awards than America. Or at least classier.Keep an eye out for the Polaris Prize winner announcement later this month. read more

Polaris gets a Makeover
SEPTEMBER 01 2011 • The Grid (Toronto)
A Toronto electronic-music duo has taken on the challenge of covering one song from each of the 10 artist albums featured in the Short List for this year’s Polaris Music Prize - giving each of the 10 artists short-listed for this year's Polaris Music Prize a funky-house overhaul. read more

Polaris Music Prize Prints Exclusive Posters Commemorating 2011 Short LIst
AUGUST 31 2011 • Exclaim
Excitement is growing for the 2011 instalment of the Polaris Music Prize. The annual Canadian music award announced its shortlist in July, and will crown a winner on September 19 at CTV's Concert Hall studios in Toronto's Masonic Temple. The ten shortlist contenders have now been commemorated with snazzy posters, available from the Polaris store. read more

The Breakfast Club interview with Polaris founder Steve Jordan
AUGUST 25 2011 • CBC radio3
With the Polaris Music Prize 2011 gala fast approaching, everyone is talking about what records they think should win, which records they think were unfairly left off the list, and which records don't deserve it at all. No other music prize in the country seems to create this much discussion, and that suits Steve Jordan, Founder and Executive Director of the Polaris Prize, fine. read more

Polaris teams up with Rough Trade for UK promotion
AUGUST 24 2011 • MusicWeek (UK)
Nine of the ten Short List albums (minus The Weeknd) will be featured in London's Rough Trade East store throughout September, together with a branded listening post. The promotion marks the first time the Polaris Music Prize has been marketed in the UK. read more

Polaris in the Blogs
AUGUST 02 2011 • Elbo.ws
A round up of the latest posts from the Blogosphere featuring Polaris nominees courtesy of
"Elbows." One serious music blog aggregator - 15 mp3 clips, six videos and more. read more

Awesome Canadians honored on Polaris Music Prize 2011 shortlist
JULY 19 2011 • TinyMixTapes
You heard it here first: Canada is the new Portland/Williamsburg/Milton Bradley's Candyland. You go to Canada and the place is just swimming with super-talented musicians. read more

Polaris Music Prize 2011 Short List Announced
JULY 14 2011 • Filter Magazine
It’s 68 days until the Polaris Music Prize winner will be announced at the organization’s 6th annual gala on September 19 in Toronto. Celebrating all that Canadian music has to offer, the nonprofit will choose the best album and grant the victors a prize of $30,000. read more

Short List in the Blogs (round up)
JULY 11 2011 • Elbows
A round up of Polaris Short List news, views, opinion,links,audio,videos from the blogsphere. read more

The Polaris Prize’s short listed nominees: We knew them when
JULY 11 2011 • National Post
It is a list near and dear to our hearts, as over the past year we have interacted (and sung the praises of) the majority of these acts in one way or another. Herewith, a quick look at the ways we have covered (and loved) the 2011 Polaris Prize short list. read more

Polaris 2011 Short List Unveiled - Countdown to Ceremony
JULY 11 2011 • ClashMusic UK
The Polaris is Canada's equivalent of the Mercury and acts as a barometer for the music scene. Announcing the long list earlier this year, it was clear from the off that 2011 was going to be a vintage year. read more

The Weeknd Included On Polaris Music Prize Short List
JULY 11 2011 • HipHopDX
On the strength of its first release, The Weeknd was included on the illustrious Canadian shortlist. read more

Polaris Short List shines light on variety
JULY 11 2011 • Toronto Star
From a chart-topping international smash to an obscure, improvisational avant-jazz record made by a solo bass saxophonist, the 10 albums on this year's Polaris Music Prize shortlist represent an impressively broad cross-section of contemporary Canadian music. read more

Grammy-winning rockers Arcade Fire, Ron Sexsmith lead list of Polaris contenders
JULY 11 2011 • Macleans
Colin Stetson was pretty sure his work would be represented on the Polaris Music Prize short list, one way or another. read more

Arcade Fire, Destroyer, the Weeknd, Colin Stetson, Austra, Braids Make Polaris Prize Shortlist
JULY 11 2011 • Pitchfork
Today, the nominees for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize, which honors the best album released by a Canadian band read more

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2011 Polaris Music Prize short list
JULY 08 2011 • Chromewaves
Another complete package of context, insight, audio, video and links from Chromewaves read more

Polaris Short List Announced: austra, arcade fire, destroyer, braids, the weeknd
JULY 07 2011 • The Coast
The Polaris Prize Short List came out yesterday. Everyone on this list will receive $2,000 and the winner receives a grand prize of $30,000. read more

The Weeknd’s Mixtape Could Win the Polaris Music Prize
JULY 07 2011 • New York Magazine
The short list for the Polaris Music Prize, Canada's No. 1, most awesome, supreme, totally tops music prize, has been announced read more

Music Polaris Prize: Canadians Have Rad Taste in Music
JULY 07 2011 • DT Mag
Sometime in the mid-2000s, right around the time that the early Arcade Fire and Wolf Parade tracks started circulating (and way after Rush had passed into oblivion), it became apparent that music was getting awesome up north. read more

Arcade Fire & the Weeknd Lead Polaris Prize Nominees, Founder Comments on Picks
JULY 07 2011 • Billboard
Yesterday (July 6), the short list of nominees for the coveted Polaris Music Prize, an award that honors the best album of the year made by a Canadian artist, were officially announced. The list of albums includes Destroyer's acclaimed "Kaputt," Arcade Fire's grammy-winning "The Suburbs," and "House of Balloons," the extremely successful mixtape by R&B/indie hybrid The Weeknd. read more

Arcade Fire, Austra and Timber Timbre announced for Polaris Music Prize shortlist
JULY 07 2011 • NME
The shortlist for the Polaris Music Prize, the Canadian equivalent of the UK’s Mercury Music Prize, has been announced. read more

Arcade Fire and Sexsmith on Polaris shortlist
JULY 07 2011 • Ottawa Citizen
rcade Fire, Ron Sexsmith and Destroyer are among the final contenders for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize. The prize’s short list was announced Wednesday in Toronto, naming the 10 records eligible for the best Canadian album of the year. read more

Arcade Fire’s ‘The Suburbs’ Leads Polaris Music Prize Nominees
JULY 07 2011 • Live4ever UK
Arcade Fire‘s much-lauded third studio album ‘The Suburbs‘ heads the list of nominees for this year’s Canadian Polaris Music Prize – their homeland’s equivalent of the Mercury Music Prize. read more

Polaris Short List Revealed
JULY 07 2011 • Toronto Star
Instant handicapping: The Polaris pickers have in the past taken great pains to be seen as pushing boundaries read more

Arcade Fire, Colin Stetson, Ron Sexsmith among 10 on Polaris prize short list
JULY 07 2011 • Halifax Chronicle Herald
Colin Stetson was pretty sure his work would be represented on the Polaris Music Prize short list, one way or another.The Montreal multi-instrumentalist played on three records that were included in the initial 40-album long list for the Canadian prize read more

Braids nominated for Polaris
JULY 07 2011 • Calgary Herald
Braids, the art pop act from Calgary, have joined the likes of Arcade Fire and Ron Sexsmith as final contenders for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize. read more

Arcade Fire makes Polaris list
JULY 07 2011 • Regina Leader Post
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DAMIAN: ‘PINK EYES’ ON THE (POLARIS MUSIC) PRIZE
JULY 06 2011 • MuchMusic.com
With today’s announcement of the shortlist, the prestigious Polaris Music Prize has officially entered the exciting home stretch today. I can’t help but feel a little nostalgic about the whole thing because in a few years ago my band somehow won the award read more

Polaris Music Prize Short List Announced; .Biz Interviews Award Founder Steve Jordan
JULY 06 2011 • Billboard.biz
Canada's juried Polaris Music Prize Short List nominees were announced today in Toronto. 213 members of the Canadian music media vote on the ten albums, up for the $30,000 (CAD) grand prize. On September 19th in Toronto, a small sequestered jury will duke it out to determine the Best Canadian Album released between June 1, 2010 and May 31, 2011. The nine runners up will each receive $2000. read more

Arcade Fire, Austra Among Shortlist for Canada’s Polaris Prize
JULY 06 2011 • The Hollywood Reporter
The winner of the annual award for Canada’s best indie album will be announced in September at a Toronto gala. read more

Grammy winners Arcade Fire makes Polaris Prize short list
JULY 06 2011 • Global News
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2011 Polaris short list: And then there were ten - Who had the top album in Canada this year?
JULY 06 2011 • Now
The Polaris Prize shortlist was officially announced today in a press conference at the Drake Hotel and as usual it’s already sparked a ton of debate from jurors, pundits and observers. read more

2011 Polaris Short List Nominees React
JULY 06 2011 • Dose.ca
Unless you found yourself asking a certain infamous question during this year's Grammy broadcast, you know at least one of the albums on the 2011 Polaris Short List. read more

THE 2011 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED
JULY 06 2011 • MuchMusic
Place your bets. The ten albums vying for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize were announced this afternoon by CBC Radio 3 personality Grant Lawrence and The Wedge‘s own Damian Abraham. read more

Polaris Shortlist: An Arcade-Sized Prediction and a Sexsmith Surprise
JULY 06 2011 • Torontoist
This afternoon, another step in the event that’s come to be one of the most exciting (and divisive) in Canadian music: the shortlist for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize was announced. read more

Polaris Music Prize Rolls Out 2011 Short List
JULY 06 2011 • Exclaim
Yes, folks, we're officially in the thick of Polaris Music Prize season. read more

Polaris 2011 Short List Revealed
JULY 06 2011 • CHARTattack
The moment Canadian music fans wait for every summer has arrived: Thirty names have been cut from year's Polaris Music Prize long list to make a short list of 10 albums. This year's short list was revealed at Toronto's Drake Hotel this afternoon by CBC Radio 3's Grant Lawrence and Fucked Up frontman Damian "Pink Eyes" Abraham. read more

Arcade Fire, The Weeknd make Polaris Prize short list
JULY 06 2011 • National Post
The Polaris Music Prize short list was announced Wednesday afternoon in Toronto, naming the ten records eligible for the best Canadian album of the year. read more

The Polaris Prize announces its short list: the 10 nominees
JULY 06 2011 • Montreal Gazette
Albums by Montreal-based artists made an impressive showing on the Polaris Music Prize short list, which was announced Wednesday. The city is represented by five of the 10 nominees. read more

Destroyer makes Polaris shortlist
JULY 06 2011 • The Province
Since its inception in 2005, the Polaris Prize has done its job well. Similar to the U.K.'s Mercury Prize, the idea behind the juried award was to recognize artistic achievement in recorded music over an entire album. read more

Polaris unveils 2011 short list
JULY 06 2011 • Toronto Sun
And then there were 10.

Polaris Music Prize organizers unveiled their short list of nominees for this year's award on Wednesday in Toronto. It includes everyone from Grammy winners Arcade Fire to veteran singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith and up-and-coming urban-music phenom The Weeknd. read more

Vancouver's Destroyer makes Polaris Prize 2011 short list
JULY 06 2011 • Vancouver Sun
Vancouver art-rock act Destroyer's latest album Kaputt was nominated among the 10 finalists for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize, announced Wednesday in Toronto. read more

Arcade Fire lead list of Polaris Music Prize contenders
JULY 06 2011 • CTV News
Grammy-winning Montreal rockers Arcade Fire lead the list of contenders for this year's Polaris Music Prize. read more

Arcade Fire, Ron Sexsmith, Destroyer among Polaris Prize shortlist
JULY 06 2011 • Calgary Herald
The shortlist of 10 Canadian album nominees were announced today. They include Grammy and Juno winners Arcade Fire, veteran singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith, French-speaking rock band Galaxie (the fourth French-language act to ever be shortlisted for the Prize) and Toronto underground soul/R&B act The Weeknd (the first freely distributed album to make the short list). read more

Arcade Fire, Ron Sexsmith shortlisted for Polaris Prize
JULY 06 2011 • CBC News
Promising debuts from newcomers Braids and The Weeknd face the latest albums from established artists Arcade Fire and Ron Sexsmith for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize. read more

Hey Rosetta! on shortlist for prestigious prize
JULY 06 2011 • The Telegram (St. John's NL)
Local band Hey Rosetta! has made it to the shortlist for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize for its latest CD, “Seeds.” read more

Polaris Prize Names Arcade Fire, Austra, Weeknd and More to 2011 'Short List'
JULY 06 2011 • Spinner (AOL)
Had Arcade Fire's runaway hit album, 'The Suburbs,' failed to make the Short List for Canada's celebrated Polaris Prize, both critics and fans would have been up in arms. read more

PREDICTION: THE 2011 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE SHORTLIST
JULY 05 2011 • Much Music
Tomorrow the 2011 Polaris Music Prize longlist will be whittled down from 40 nominees to ten, when the shortlist is announced at the Drake Hotel in Toronto by by CBC Radio 3′s Grant Lawrence and The Wedge‘s own Damian Abraham. Members of The Wedge team, Producer Jason Richards and Researcher Cam Lindsay, have each chosen the ten artists they think will be called out Wednesday afternoon. read more

A Look at the Polaris Long List
JULY 04 2011 • Different Kitchen
Reviews, links, audio and video of all Long List artists. read more

On the Soapbox with Steve Jordan, founder of the POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE
JULY 01 2011 • Tape The Days
The Polaris Music Prize has quickly become the yearly beacon for great Canadian music. As it stands, all the other major awards are umbrella-style awards, doling out dozens of prizes for the “best” of everything... read more

Exclaim! Salutes Ten Heroes in Canadian Music
JULY 01 2011 • Exclaim!
Polaris Music Prize founder Steve Jordan checks in at #2! read more

2011 Polaris Music Prize long list is long!
JUNE 17 2011 • Chromewaves
Awesome bit of post modern music journalism 2.0 - great and plentiful links to go with the story. read more

Arcade Fire, Neil Young top Canada's Polaris Prize nominee list
JUNE 17 2011 • HITFIX
The initial long list of nominees for Canada's prestigious Polaris Music Prize have been announced, and the list is predictably eclectic. Indie superstars Arcade Fire and legendary iconoclast Neil Young top the list that includes veteran acts such as Ron Sexsmith, Stars and Sloan as well as newcomers like Dirty Beaches and Diamond Rings. read more

Montreal artists on prize list
JUNE 17 2011 • Montreal Gazette
Little Scream, Miracle Fortress, the Dears, Braids, Malajube, Land of Talk, Stars, Galaxie and Arcade Fire are among the Montreal artists whose albums made the Polaris Prize Long List, which was announced Thursday. read more

Arcade Fire, Neil Young lead nominations for Canada's Polaris Prize
JUNE 17 2011 • NME
The annual award is the equivalent of the UK's Mercury Prize, with a panel judging the best album of Canadian origin from the past year. The winner gets a cash prize, which this year has been increased to $30,000 (CAD). Last year's winner was 'Les Chemins de verre' by Karkwa, with Fucked Up's 'The Chemistry Of Common Life' winning in 2009. read more

The Polaris Music Prize long list was announced last night at The Drake...
JUNE 17 2011 • Toronto Life
Yesterday at the Drake Hotel’s Sky Yard, the long list for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize was announced. The list, compiled by a 227-person jury composed of Canadian music media members, was a mash-up of new and familiar names, with more than a quarter of those nominated coming from Toronto. read more

Long List news from the Blogs (round up)
JUNE 17 2011 • ELBO.WS
Context, opinion, mp3's and videos from the blogsphere - Stereogum, Quick Before It Melts, Chromewaves and more. read more

Polaris Music Prize 2011 long list quick thoughts
JUNE 17 2011 • London Free Press
There are no Londoners on the 2011 Polaris Music Prize long list . . . an excellent list even so . . . well, we had four Juno 2011 winners so no sour grapes from me. My only real disappointment is read more

The Weeknd, Eternia & MoSS Nominated For Polaris Music Prize
JUNE 16 2011 • HIPHOPDX
Additional nominees for the Canadian competition include Arcade Fire, Buck 65 and more. read more

Destroyer, Black Mountain on Polaris long list
JUNE 16 2011 • The Province
The Polaris Music Prize announced its long list Thursday in Toronto, with 19 of the 40 artists being first-time nominees. Musicians vying for the $30000 cash prize include such established artists as Sloan read more

Arcade Fire, Neil Young, the Weeknd Among Polaris Prize Nominees
JUNE 16 2011 • Billboard
Arcade Fire, Neil Young, the Weeknd, Colin Stetson, Ron Sexsmith and Black Mountain are among the 40 artists that made the 2011 Polaris Music Prize long list, revealed today (June 16) at a press read more

Arcade Fire, Neil Young, Sloan long-listed for Polaris Music Prize
JUNE 16 2011 • Globe and Mail
Grammy-winning Montreal rockers Arcade Fire, Toronto-born legend Neil Young and Halifax's Sloan are among a list of 40 Canadian artists who have been long-listed for the $30000 Polaris Music Prize. The 40 nominees, announced Thursday, will be whittled read more

Arcade Fire, Neil Young on Polaris prize long list
JUNE 16 2011 • CBC
The Montreal band is one of 40 nominated for the Polaris Music Prize. Arcade Fire's Grammy-winning album The Suburbs and Neil Young's read more

Polaris Music Prize reveals long list
JUNE 16 2011 • Edmonton Journal
Just in case you haven't been following along on Twitter … the long list of nominees for the Polaris Music Prize was revealed earlier today. Forty artists and albums made the cut … including Arcade Fire's The Suburbs, Neil Young's Le Noise and The read more

Grant, Buck 65, Sloan among East Coast-connected acts on Polaris list
JUNE 16 2011 • The Chronicle Herald (Halifax)
A handful of East Coast acts have a shot at Polaris Prize glory with their inclusion on the annual music award's long list of contenders. Halifax singer-songwriter Jenn Grant's album Honeymoon Punch is among the read more

Arcade Fire, Neil Young and Austra Make 2011 Polaris Music Prize 'Long List'
JUNE 16 2011 • Spinner
A 10-nominee Short List culled from the Long List will be unveiled on July 6 with the Polaris Music Prize gala set for Sept. 19 at Toronto's Masonic Temple. All nominees this year are guaranteed $2000 in prize money for making the Short List. ... read more

The 2011 Polaris Music Prize Long List
JUNE 16 2011 • Torontoist
It's a busy week for music in the city: Luminato has had some great performances and of course NXNE is tearing up the town with approximately one million bands and venues and things to do—and today, the first phase of this year's Polaris Music Prize ... read more

2011 Polaris Music Prize Long List announced
JUNE 16 2011 • MuchMusic.com
Today the 40 names for this year's Polaris Music Prize long list were announced at a press conference held at the Drake Hotel in Toronto. Among the names vying for the newly increased $30000 cheque and title of Best Canadian Album of the Year include ... read more

Polaris releases list of nominees
JUNE 16 2011 • Canada.com
The Polaris Music Prize announced its long list Thursday in Toronto, with 19 of the 40 artists being first-time nominees. Musicians vying for the $30000 cash prize include such established artists as Sloan, ... read more

Arcade Fire to Young Galaxy: Your 2011 Polaris Long List is Here
JUNE 16 2011 • Dose.ca
2010 Polaris Music Prize winners Karkwa claim their over-sized novelty cheque September 20, 2010, in Toronto. The 2011 Polaris Music Prize Long List was announced Thursday. Check it out below. The votes of Canada's official music nerds have been ... read more

Polaris Prize: Arcade Fire, other Montreal artists nominated
JUNE 16 2011 • Montreal Gazette
The winner of the sixth Polaris Prize will be known Sept. 19. The Polaris Prize, worth $30000, goes to the artist that releases the Best Canadian album, as selected by a jury of Canadian music critics. The Gazette's Jordan Zivitz, T'Cha Dunlevy, ... read more

Polaris long-list announced
JUNE 16 2011 • Toronto Sun
The Polaris Prize purports to reward the best Canadian album, with the judging based solely on artistic merit and without commercial consideration. While the list of nominees includes entries from throughout the country, much like the 227-member ... read more

Polaris long list announced
JUNE 16 2011 • Now (Toronto)
In the case of Art Department, they're probably a little too much in the underground dance music world to be on the radar of many Polaris jurors, despite the massive international success of the Toronto house music duo. On the bright side, ... read more

2011 Polaris Long List includes four Vancouver bands
JUNE 16 2011 • Vancouver Sun
The 2011 Polaris Music Prize Long List includes 40 albums. From Arcade Fire to Young Galaxy, this year's recognized records -- all released between the period of June 1, 2010 and May 31... read more

Polaris Music Prize Long List Revealed
JUNE 16 2011 • CHARTattack
Polaris Music Prize season has officially begun.The long list of 40 albums was revealed this afternoon, and it contains repeat names like Arcade Fire, Black Mountain, Hey Rosetta!, Malajube and Timber Timbre. It's also got some newcomers like The Weeknd. read more

Polaris Music Prize Reveals 2011 Long List
JUNE 16 2011 • Exclaim
The Polaris Music Prize is back for its sixth installment, and the stakes are higher than ever. The award, which hands out a cash prize to the Canadian album of the year, recently announced that this year's winner would receive a whopping $30,000 read more

Karkwa at Metropolis, Pop Montreal 2010:
OCTOBER 02 2010 • Montreal Gazette
Just 10 days after winning the Polaris Music Prize for best Canadian album, hometown Franco-rockers Karkwa held court inside a packed Metropolis for Pop Montreal. It was a programming coup on many levels... read more

What the 2010 Polaris Music Prize taught me
SEPTEMBER 30 2010 • Vancouver Sun (Francois Marchand)
Well, a long, tumultuous week has passed since attending the 2010 Polaris Music Prize gala at Toronto's Masonic Temple, where I had the honour of being a member of this year's 11-member Grand Jury panel having the final say on who had created the past year's best album in Canada. read more

Must Have Been The Right Place
SEPTEMBER 23 2010 • The Abstarct Index (David Dacks)
A slightly belated congratulations to Karkwa, the first World Music act to win the Polaris Music Prize. They don't sing in English, so it's gotta be World Music, right? read more

French Toast: Q&A with Polaris Prize winners Karkwa
SEPTEMBER 22 2010 • CBC
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Polaris speaks a new language
SEPTEMBER 22 2010 • Calgary Herald
ouis-Jean Cormier was still trying to take it all in yesterday afternoon. He and his Karkwa bandmates had just returned home to Montreal after winning the Polaris Music Prize for best Canadian album read more

Karkwa wins 2010 Polaris Music Prize; English Canada says, “who?”
SEPTEMBER 21 2010 • Chromewaves
There’s been no secret about where, were I a betting man, my money would have gone in guessing who’d walk away with the 2010 Polaris Music Prize... read more

Karkwa scoops up Canada's coveted Polaris Prize
SEPTEMBER 21 2010 • Independent (UK)
Weeks after The xx picked up the UK's Mercury Prize for the band's debut album xx, Montreal rockers Karkwa pocketed Canada's own version read more

Pourquoi Karkwa
SEPTEMBER 21 2010 • Globe and Mail
The unknown (outside Quebec) art-rock band deserves the Polaris prize, says Brad Wheeler read more

Quebec band Karkwa wins Polaris Music Prize
SEPTEMBER 21 2010 • Globe and Mail
Karkwa became the first French-language band to win the $20,000 Polaris Music Prize on Monday. read more

Karkwa win the 2010 Polaris Music Prize
SEPTEMBER 21 2010 • National Post
Anglophone music fans: grab your English-French dictionaries. read more

French-singing Karkwa wins Polaris Music Prize
SEPTEMBER 21 2010 • CTV
Karkwa became the first French-language band to win the $20,000 Polaris Music Prize on Monday read more

Karkwa Wins Polaris Music Prize
SEPTEMBER 21 2010 • Billboard
Montreal indie rock act Karkwa took home the Polaris Music Prize for its fourth album, "Less Chemins de Verre" or "The Glass Paths" (Audiogram) read more

Could Karkwa's Polaris Prize bridge solitudes?
SEPTEMBER 21 2010 • Montreal Gazette
Could the Polaris Music Prize merge the two solitudes? Or the four - the one between anglo and franco music fans in Quebec, and the one between Quebec and the ROC? read more

Karkwa take home the Polaris Prize in surprise victory
SEPTEMBER 21 2010 • blogTO
And the 2010 Polaris Music Prize winner is ... Karkwa. Who, you ask? Well, the underdogs, of course, in true indie Polaris style. Surprise, surprise as the ... read more

Karkwa win Canadian version of the Mercury Prize
SEPTEMBER 21 2010 • NME
Karkwa have won the Canadian equivalent of the Mercury Prize for their album 'Les Chemins De Verre'. Called the Polaris Prize, the jury led contest featured ... read more

The Polaris odds: Brad Wheeler handicaps the nominees
SEPTEMBER 19 2010 • The Globe and Mail
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Should it be called the Polaris ‘Indie’ Music Prize?
SEPTEMBER 19 2010 • Globe and Mail
Steve Jordan, the founder and executive director of the Polaris Music Prize, talks about its perceived preference for indie music read more

Polaris Music Prize: We size up the finalists
SEPTEMBER 17 2010 • CBC Arts
Canada's top music honour, the Polaris Prize, will be awarded at Toronto's Masonic Temple on Monday night. The ceremony itself has become one of the most raucous nights on the musical calendar. read more

Handicapping the 2010 Polaris Music Prize
SEPTEMBER 17 2010 • Explore Music
After many months of debate, we’ll finally have a Polaris Music Prize winner Monday night. From about 200 albums suggested by broadcasters, bloggers, critics and journalists, we’re down to ten finalists, one of whom will get a check for $20,000 and the right to say their album was voted the best of the year. read more

Polaris Music Prize Gala Screening Party
SEPTEMBER 17 2010 • Aux.tv
While your invite to the exclusive Polaris Gala which takes place September 20th at the Masonic Temple may have gotten lost in the mail (ours actually might have but we’re sorting it out) you can still take part in the festivities at the Drake Hotel. read more

Polaris, five years on
SEPTEMBER 17 2010 • Calgary Herald
First there were 40, now there are 10, but on Monday Sept 20th, there will be only one: the album deemed Canada's best of 2010. Based as it is on the U.K.'s Mercury Prize, the Polaris Prize (decided by a 182-member jury) rewards artistry, not album sales. read more

Polaris Prize poster on display at art gallery
SEPTEMBER 17 2010 • Ottawa Citizen
Instead of a trophy or plaque, each of the 10 acts shortlisted for the annual Polaris Music Prize receive a poster designed by a Canadian artist. read more

Caribou Polaris Frontrunner Tops The Can't Miss Concert List
SEPTEMBER 16 2010 • Now (Toronto)
Unlike the UK and its Mercury Prize, we don’t have a network of bookies giving odds on who’ll win this year’s Polaris Music Prize on Monday (September 20). read more

Is the Polaris Music Prize too obscure, too populist... or neither?
SEPTEMBER 15 2010 • Eye Weekly
Annual award carves out the middle ground in the Canadian music landscape read more

Will Tegan and Sara take the top prize?
SEPTEMBER 15 2010 • Toronto Sun
Sara Quinn of Tegan and Sara is a true Canadian, fun loving, talented and humble. She’s willing to talk about her music but won’t toot her own horn no matter how hard you push... read more

Will Shad take the prize this year?
SEPTEMBER 15 2010 • Toronto Sun
Shad is one funny guy. What would he do if he won the $20,000 Polaris Music Prize? read more

Official CHARTattack 2010 Polaris Music Prize Betting Line
SEPTEMBER 15 2010 • CHARTattack
The 2010 Polaris Music Prize will be awarded in Toronto on Monday, Sept. 20 when a bunch of this nation's music critics will get together papal conclave-style in an old Masonic temple to... read more

The Indie Rock Swindle
SEPTEMBER 13 2010 • The Walrus (by Alexandra Molotkow)
The Polaris Prize rewards Canada’s not-so-independent indie musicians... read more

Will Owen Pallett win Polaris twice?
SEPTEMBER 10 2010 • Toronto Sun
2006 Polaris Music Prize winner Owen Pallett thinks his latest album is the best he’s put out... read more

Under the spell of Montreal quintet Karkwa
SEPTEMBER 10 2010 • Toronto Star
Karkwa might have made the best Canadian album of 2010, but nine-tenths of the country likely never would have heard a note were it not for some fortunate intervention by the Polaris Music Prize. read more

The xx win Mercury Prize after 'incredible' year
SEPTEMBER 08 2010 • Montreal Gazette
Electronic band the xx have been named the winners of Britain's 2010 Mercury Prize for their debut album, The xx. read more

Polaris ’10 Shortlist: Shad "TSOL"
SEPTEMBER 06 2010 • quick before it melts
Will The Old Prince's third LP ascend the throne as Canada's best record of 2010? read more

TIFF to open Bell Lightbox with a block party and a few Polaris Prize nominees
AUGUST 31 2010 • National Post
Three Canadian bands shortlisted for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize perform, Montreal’s Karkwa, Toronto’s The Sadies and Radio Radio from Atlantic Canada... read more

Polaris ’10 Shortlist: The Sadies "Darker Circles"
AUGUST 31 2010 • quick before it melts
The Sadies‘ ninth album, Darker Circles, was greeted with open arms by their adoring fan base, acclaimed as the best recorded representation of their legendary live performances... read more

All nominees will perform at Polaris 2010 gala
AUGUST 26 2010 • blogTO
Details of this year's fifth annual Polaris Prize gala have been released, which will be taking place on September 20 at the Masonic Temple... read more

Justin Bieber need not apply
AUGUST 25 2010 • Ottawa Citizen (Emilio Reyes Le Blanc)
Something is wrong when Canada's most popular musician can't even make the long list for one of our most prestigious music prizes... read more

Why Radio Radio should win the Polaris Prize
AUGUST 23 2010 • Grayowl Point (Michael)
To be completely honest, the inclusion of Radio Radio among this year’s Polaris nominees surprised me... read more

Album Review: Radio Radio – "Belmundo Regal" (Polaris Prize nominee)
AUGUST 19 2010 • MusicVice
This review is part of our series of reviews of the shortlisted 2010 Polaris Prize albums.... read more

Polaris ’10 Shortlist: Owen Pallett "Heartland"
AUGUST 16 2010 • Quick Before It Melts
Farmer Lewis isn't letting "Heartland" go down without a fight... read more

Polaris ‘10 Shortlist: Karkwa "Les Chemins De Verre"
AUGUST 02 2010 • quick before it melts
There’s much being made about two of the 2010 Polaris shortlisted albums being in a language other than English... read more

Why Tegan and Sara should win the Polaris Prize
JULY 28 2010 • Grayowl Point - Brittany Morgan
Tegan and Sara. I’ll try not to rant for too long, but not many artists compare to these musicians (in my humble opinion.) read more

Canada's Polaris Shortlist Confirmed
JULY 28 2010 • Clash (UK)
The shortlist for Canada's prestigious Polaris Music Prize has been confirmed, featuring Caribou, Broken Social Scene and more. read more

Polaris ‘10 Shortlist: Caribou, "Swim"
JULY 26 2010 • quick before it melts
Will Dan Snaith be the first 2-time Polaris Prize winner? read more

Mercury And Polaris Prize Short Lists: Who Are These Bands?
JULY 21 2010 • NPR
England and Canada never seem so much like foreign countries to me as when the lists for their respective indie-level music awards are announced. It's that time of year again... read more

UK's Mercury Prize 2010 Albums of the Year have been announced
JULY 20 2010 • Mercury Prize (UK)
Have a look/listen to what's happening across the pond... read more

Caribou Talk Polaris Music Prize Nomination
JULY 19 2010 • ChartAttack
Caribou's Dan Snaith met up with CHARTattack before a packed show at L'Imperial De Quebec and talked about touring the far east, his second consecutive Polaris Music Prize nomination and... how his next album will suck. read more

Polaris ‘10 Shortlist: Broken Social Scene "Forgiveness Rock Record"
JULY 19 2010 • quick before it melts
It’s easy to chide Broken Social Scene for everything that’s happened in the wake of their landmark You Forgot It In People album... read more

Besnard Lakes Talk Polaris Music Prize Nomination
JULY 19 2010 • ChartAttack
The Besnard Lakes are quickly becoming indie rock royalty in Canada. The band were short listed... read more

Why Owen Pallet should win the Polaris Music Prize
JULY 15 2010 • Grayowl Point - by Michael
This argument will no doubt be a little harder to prove, as Owen Pallet, formerly known as Final Fantasy, has already won the Polaris Prize previously... read more

Why Dan Mangan should win the Polaris Prize
JULY 15 2010 • Grayowl Point - Michael
In this first part of our Polarize Essays segment, I’m going to tell you why Vancouver’s Dan Mangan should win the $20,000 and profile boost that comes along with the title of Polaris Prize winner... read more

SoundProof's 2010 Polaris Prize Predictions
JULY 14 2010 • SoundProof Magazine
OK. I’m going to try this again. As most SoundProof readers know, I suck at guessing the winner of the Polaris Music Prize. In fact, this will be my 5th time being wrong... read more

Radio Radio 'super happy' with Polaris nomination
JULY 14 2010 • Telegraph-Journal
Moncton native Gabriel Louis Bernard Malenfant hopes honour will attract new fans... read more

Polaris shines much-needed light on French-Canadian music - Bryan Borzykowski
JULY 13 2010 • Metro
Canadian music fans think they know everything about this country’s music scene, but I’m sorry to say, they don’t. And neither do I... read more

Polaris Music Prize gets people heated, but that's the point - Alan Cross
JULY 09 2010 • Metro (International)
The Polaris Music Prize makes people mad. It starts endless arguments and divides people into bitter camps which lob ugly invectives at each other, impugning the enemy’s taste and artistic sensibilities. But that’s the whole point... read more

Polaris prize-fighters
JULY 07 2010 • Eye Weekly
Under the blazing sun and searing heat of the Drake Hotel’s Sky Yard, the much-debated Polaris Music Prize short list was unveiled at long last... read more

The Polaris Prize 2010 Shortlist is Part Déjà Vu, Part Déjà Huh?
JULY 07 2010 • Torontoist
From the sweltering Drake Hotel Sky Yard, amidst a sea of awkward music types in very necessary shorts, the bravest man in all of Canada, CBC Radio 3's Grant Lawrence (he wore a full suit!)... read more

Polaris Shortlisters Chat About Their Chances
JULY 07 2010 • MuchMusic.com
MuchMusic caught up with nominees Owen Pallett, Shad and Polaris founder and executive director Steve Jordan about the list. read more

Canada's Polaris Short List Confirmed
JULY 07 2010 • Clashmusic (UK)
The shortlist for Canada's prestigious Polaris Music Prize has been confirmed, featuring Caribou, Broken Social Scene and more... read more

Ten More Songs
JULY 07 2010 • Chromewaves
2010 Polaris Music Prize short list announced... read more

Caribou, Broken Social Scene Make Polaris Prize Shortlist
JULY 07 2010 • Billboard
The 10 Canadian albums that made the shortlist for the annual Polaris Music Prize have been unveiled. read more

Broken Social Scene Shuts New Pornographers Out of Canada’s Top Music Prize
JULY 07 2010 • New York Post
Or at least that's what one would assume after seeing the shortlist for the Polaris Music Prize... read more

Broken Social Scene, Caribou, Owen Pallett Make Polaris Prize Shortlist
JULY 06 2010 • Pitchfork
Canada probably cranks out a lot more great albums per capita than any country this side of Iceland... read more

Dan Mangan Talks Polaris with ChartAttack
JULY 06 2010 • ChartAttack
Appropriately, the Queen was in Toronto on Tuesday, which was the same day
the Polaris short list announcement took place at the city's Drake Hotel... read more

My Thoughts on the Polaris Music Prize Short List - Alan Cross
JULY 06 2010 • Explore Music
When I pulled into the parking lot across from where they were announcing
the Short List for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize... read more

Polaris Prize shortlist
JULY 06 2010 • NME
Broken Social Scene, Tegan and Sara and Owen Pallet are among the names to
make the shortlist for this year's Polaris Music Prize. ... read more

Polaris Short List Announced
JULY 06 2010 • Dose
Déja écouté? The 2010 Polaris Short List was revealed Tuesday afternoon, and for followers of the annual music prize... read more

Polaris shortlist includes Tegan & Sara, Owen Pallett
JULY 06 2010 • Xtra
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Carl Wilson on the Polaris Prize Shortlist
JULY 06 2010 • Zoilus
A solid list with some surprises. Not thrilling - the voting process mitigates against that - but very worthy... read more

Polaris Music Prize shortlist announced
JULY 06 2010 • Aux
Unlike the Grammy’s or Juno’s... read more

Three Montreal bands shortlisted for Polaris
JULY 06 2010 • Montreal Gazette
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Polaris Music Prize looks to the past for the future - Mark Medley
JULY 06 2010 • Ampersand
It’s somewhat fitting that the short list for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize was revealed the same week as Back to the Future celebrated it’s 25th anniversary... read more

Two francophone acts make it to Polaris shortlist
JULY 06 2010 • Globe and Mail
Polaris has spoken – and in both official languages... read more

Polaris Music Prize announces its 2010 shortlist
JULY 06 2010 • National Post
At a press conference in Toronto this afternoon, Steve Jordan and the gang
announced the ten finalists for this year's Polaris Music Prize... read more

Polaris short list announced
JULY 06 2010 • Toronto Sun
Something old, something new, something French and a little rap too... read more

Broken Social Scene, Shad land on Polaris short list
JULY 06 2010 • CTV
Two former Polaris Music Prize winners have been named to this
year's short list. Toronto's Owen Pallett -- aka Final Fantasy -- and
Caribou... read more

Polaris Music Prize Reveals 2010 Short List
JULY 06 2010 • Exclaim
If you're a fan of Canadian independent music... read more

Polaris Music Prize Short List Announced
JULY 06 2010 • CHARTattack
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Amelia Curran makes the Polaris Prize long list
JUNE 21 2010 • The Scope
Just months after winning the Juno for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year... read more

Polaris Prize 2010 Long List Reveals that Toronto is the Best
JUNE 21 2010 • Torontoist
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2010 Polaris Music Prize long list revealed
JUNE 21 2010 • Chromewaves
Though not technically related, yesterday afternoon’s announcement of this year’s Polaris Music Prize long list in the midst of all the NXNE hubbub was no coincidence... read more

Ghostkeeper Call Polaris Prize 'Only Legit Music Award in Canada'
JUNE 21 2010 • Spinner
Ghostkeeper had plenty of reason to be excited on Thursday night... read more

Polaris Long List
JUNE 21 2010 • Quick Before It Melts (The Hi Five)
The timing of yesterday’s Polaris Music Prize longlist announcement couldn’t have come at a worse time for a conscientious and OCD-afflicted blogger like myself... read more

Polaris Music Prize Long List
JUNE 21 2010 • Meet You At The Show
The Polaris Music Prize is undoubtedly the most coveted award in the Canadian independent music market... read more

2010 Polaris Prize nominees announced
JUNE 21 2010 • CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
A lot of jokes involve Canada (and we’ve perpetuated a lot of those stereotypes here at CoS). But if there’s one thing our neighbors to the north do well... read more

Montrealers land Long List nominations for Polaris Music Prize
JUNE 21 2010 • The Gazette
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Polaris Prize Long List announced
JUNE 21 2010 • Canwest news service
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I hit .200 in Polaris Music Prize Long List voting
JUNE 21 2010 • MSN.ca
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Hannah Georgas Celebrates Polaris Nod with NXNE Horseshoe Show
JUNE 21 2010 • Spinner
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Polaris prize Long List released Albertans Ghostkeeper, Tegan and Sara vying for Canadian music prize
JUNE 21 2010 • Edmonton Journal
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Blue Rodeo, BSS on Polaris Long List
JUNE 21 2010 • The Globe And Mail
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The Profane And The Gentle
SEPTEMBER 25 2009 • The Globe And Mail
Don't hate them because they're Fucked Up. The 2009 Polaris Music Prize for best Canadian album went to a Toronto band whose name and loud punk sound are unprintable and unbearable to many. But Fucked Up's victory should be celebrated. It is a brave tribute to their artistic invention and to a Canadian approach to performance that mixes the profane and the gentle. read more

Fucked Up Win the Polaris Music Prize
SEPTEMBER 23 2009 • Pitchfork
Every year, a mob of Canadian music-biz folks (full disclosure: including Pitchfork contributor Stuart Berman) get together to pick the Canadian album with the highest artistic merit, awarding it the Polaris Music Prize. read more

Polaris Prize – Concert Hall – September 21st, 2009
SEPTEMBER 23 2009 • A Thousand Points Of Light
A change in venue; a change in result? Reasons remains untold as to why The 2009 Polaris Prize gala switched from The Phoenix Concert Theatre — where it has called home since its inception in 2006 — to The Concert Hall (”the MTV building”). What was obvious, however, was the impressive lineup of performances and nominees that would surely present all in attendance with a fantastic night of music. read more

The Sound Of One Man Eating His Hat
SEPTEMBER 23 2009 • Quick Before It Melts
It’s all over but the crying, now (tears of joy, for sure). Polaris 2009 is one for the history books now, and it surely will go down in the annals of Canadian music as a definitive celebration of the diversity and breadth of talent the Great White North has to offer. They may make mountains out of molehills about awarding $20,000 to a band with an expletive-laced name, but in the end, it really didn’t matter which album walked away with the prize on Monday night; the real winners are/were the Canadian record-buying public. read more

Post-Polaris hangover, 2009 Edition
SEPTEMBER 23 2009 • Radio Free Canuckistan
Continuing our interrupted not-very-traditional annual post-Polaris kvetching, I turn this post over to the lovely lady Helen Spitzer as we discuss the gala of the night before, which brought many of Canada's finest musicians and professional music fans together. read more

Post-Polaris sober second thought
SEPTEMBER 23 2009 • Radio Free Canuckistan
Two days after the Polaris gala, Helen Spitzer and I are sober, well-slept and somewhat more coherent than yesterday. Today, we get down to weightier issues than just our musical crushes. read more

Eye On The Prize
SEPTEMBER 23 2009 • Eye Weekly
This week, less than 24 hours apart, three Canadian bands received major monetary infusions amidst a whole bunch of fanfare. The amounts of their cash prizes were somewhat similar — one cheque was written for $20K, the other two for a cool 25 grand apiece — but the conditions under which the awards were doled out felt strikingly different. read more

The Prize That Dare Not Speak Its Name
SEPTEMBER 23 2009 • The New Yorker - Sasha Frere-Jones
There are two great things about Fucked Up winning the Polaris Prize for their album, “The Chemistry of Common Life.” One is that more people will become aware of an arts prize based on merit, rather than on the economic relationship between the involved parties (if the prize is for things you watch or hear) or on the social relationships between the involved parties (if the prize is for something you read). Here are just two bits of the Polaris philosophy that jump out:

There is no submission process. That means every artist has an equal opportunity regardless of their marketing savvy or budgets.

and

The Polaris jury is comprised of journalists, broadcasters, bloggers, programmers and other experts in the field of devouring and deciphering new Canadian music. Jury members are selected each year by The Polaris Executive Director and Polaris Board of Directors. No one with a direct financial relationship to the music or its creators is allowed on the jury. read more

Congratulations To Fucked Up, Who Won "Best Canadian Album Of The Year," Beating Out, Oh, We Assume, Like, Barenaked Ladies Or Something
SEPTEMBER 23 2009 • The Village Voice
No seriously, they won the Polaris Music Prize for Canadian Album of the Year. Eat it, K'naan. And celebrate when FU play the whole record, in order, with the Vivian Girls cameos and everything, November 5th at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. Very excited to see how the Times handles this news. read more

Canada Gets Fucked Up
SEPTEMBER 23 2009 • New York Press
Every year the Polaris Prize is awarded to the creators of Canada’s best album of the year. This year the prestige, and the $20,000 cash prize, went to hardcore band Fucked Up for the album The Chemistry of Common Life. This is the sort of amazing and well deserved thing that makes us happy to be alive. read more

The winner is Fucked Up ... But actually
SEPTEMBER 23 2009 • Torontoist
"Did they say Joel Plaskett?" Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham giggled, half-delirious with genuine shock and excitement minutes after he and the rest of the band (drummer Jonah Falco, guitarist Mike Haliechuk, bassist Sandy Miranda, guitarist Josh Zucker, and guitarist Ben Cook) accepted the 2009 Polaris Music Prize for their acclaimed, soaring hardcore epic, The Chemistry of Common Life. The press conference immediately following last night's performance gala and award presentation was full of journalists, but it was oddly silent, maybe because, for the infinite snide opining on the awards' predictability and who really deserved it, no one actually thought Fucked Up would win. Maybe we truly were, as Abraham mocked, all still in shock. read more

Post Polaris Chatter
SEPTEMBER 23 2009 • Eye Weekly
Thanks to a Twitter post as seemingly incendiary as the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the indie community (i.e. Stillepost) is abuzz with Metric hatred. read more

The 2009 Polaris Prize Goes To.....FUCK!
SEPTEMBER 23 2009 • Mog
That is correct. As was said today on Quick Before It Melts, I can't wait to see the various ways the media tries to convey this message with out saying or writing the word, FUCKED. read more

Polaris gets Fucked Up
SEPTEMBER 23 2009 • Eye Weekly
In an event some music critics are calling “Nerd Christmas,” Fucked Up took home the $20,000 Polaris Music Prize for their album The Chemistry Of Common Life, while sets from Metric, Patrick Watson and a cookie sheet-banging Elliott Brood made everyone question the identity of Canadian music. read more

Polaris Prize gets Fucked Up
SEPTEMBER 23 2009 • BlogTO
Fucked Up surprised everyone by winning the 2009 Polaris Music Prize last night for The Chemistry Of Common Life album.

Emerging from perhaps the most talented collection of 10 short-list nominees yet, the hardcore band becomes the second group from the Toronto area to win the Polaris Prize, following in the footsteps of inaugural victor Final Fantasy, who just so happened to join the band on stage in the night's most memorable performance. read more

A Fucked Up Polaris
SEPTEMBER 23 2009 • Now Magazine
There was an undeniable sense of relief in music snob circles when it was announced last night that Toronto hardcore heroes Fucked Up had won the $20 000 2009 Polaris Music Prize for their album The Chemistry of Common Life. read more

A popcore winner? Tahe that, Bland Junos.
SEPTEMBER 23 2009 • The Globe And Mail
Are you the fire or just another flame? That question, from the MySpace page of the Toronto band Fucked Up, pretty much defined the task of the Polaris Music Prize jury as they perused the list of 10 finalists for this year's $20,000 award for the best Canadian album of the year. read more

Fucked Up wins 2009 Polaris Music Prize
SEPTEMBER 23 2009 • Exclaim!
Fucked Up have been awarded the 2009 Polaris Music Prize for their album The Chemistry of Common Life at a gala event held at Toronto’s Masonic Temple Monday (September 21) night. Following in the footsteps of Final Fantasy, Patrick Watson and Caribou, the Torontonian hardcore heroes will receive the coveted award, along with $20,000 and, of course, some serious bragging rights. read more

Awful Thing People Said About Polaris Short-Listed Albums
SEPTEMBER 23 2009 • Chartattack
The 10 albums on this year's Polaris Music Prize short list may have been lauded by music critics, but there was always at least one person full of bile who wanted to crap all over the positive reviews. read more

Toronto hardcore band wins annual $20,000 Polaris Music Prize
SEPTEMBER 23 2009 • Canadian Press
This year's Polaris Music Prize winners boast an unprintable name and a 300-pound frontman nicknamed "Pink Eyes," who closed Monday's gala by stripping down to his underwear and tying a belt tightly around his bald head. read more

Toronto hardcore band wins annual $20,000 Polaris Music Prize
SEPTEMBER 23 2009 • Canadian Press
This year's Polaris Music Prize winners boast an unprintable name and a 300-pound frontman nicknamed "Pink Eyes," who closed Monday's gala by stripping down to his underwear and tying a belt tightly around his bald head. read more

The Polaris Awards: From the dressing rooms to the bar
SEPTEMBER 23 2009 • National Post
The biggest star in Canadian music is Damian Abraham, singer of F----d Up, and the winner of last night's Polaris award. Sober since he was 16 years old, the 30-year-old hardcore punk rocker and sometime Fox commentator showed up at the award's ceremony last night in Toronto with his wife and four-month-old son. read more

F---ed Up's album The Chemistry of Common Life continues award's reputation for unpredictability
SEPTEMBER 23 2009 • Toronto Star
According to the Polaris Prize grand jury, the best album of the last year was The Chemistry of Common Life by Toronto's F---ed Up. Considered a hardcore masterpiece, the album which has met mostly rave reviews, continued the award's reputation for unpredictability, and also cemented the band's status among the local music community. read more

Hardcore band nabs music prize
SEPTEMBER 23 2009 • Winnipeg Sun
In the span of about 20 minutes, Toronto hardcore band F----- Up’s lead singer Damian Abraham (aka Pink Eyes) went from crushing a beer can into his forehand to becoming the gay equivalent of actor Adrien Brody. read more

F----d Up wins Polaris Prize
SEPTEMBER 23 2009 • Canada.com
F---ed Up won the fourth annual Polaris Music Prize as announced in Toronto Monday night. The Toronto harcore band's current album, The Chemistry of Common Life, was honoured as the best Canadian album of the year and awarded a $20,000 prize. read more

Punk rock sextet wins Canada's Polaris Prize
SEPTEMBER 23 2009 • Reuters
A punk-rock band with an unprintable name and a 300-pound frontman who's known to strip down to his underwear during performances has won the C$20,000 ($19,000) Polaris Music Prize for the best Canadian album. read more

Toronto's F--ked Up nabs $20K Polaris Music Prize
SEPTEMBER 23 2009 • CBC.ca
Critically acclaimed hardcore punk band F--ked Up has taken the fourth annual Polaris Music Prize, the honour given to the best Canadian album of the past year. read more

E-Today Writer Helps choose Polaris prize winner
SEPTEMBER 23 2009 • Vancouver Province
And the winner of this year's $20,000 Polaris Music Prize is a Toronto hardcore band whose name can't be printed in this, or almost any other, newspaper. read more

Polaris Judged: Opinions & Temptation
SEPTEMBER 19 2009 • East Coast Overture
In 1993, Moncton grunge-indie rock outfit Eric's Trip released Love Tara, their first full-length album. Using a "lo-fi", DIY approach, the former bedroom of guitarist and singer Rick White became a makeshift recording studio. read more

Exclaim! Puts the Polaris Music Prize Jury Under the Microscope
SEPTEMBER 17 2009 • Exclaim!
By this point, most Canadian music lovers know the Polaris Music Prize. It's the $20,000 award given out each year to a full-length Canadian album, based solely on artistic merit and regardless of other factors. The prize is now in its fourth year and has previously been won by Final Fantasy, Patrick Watson and Caribou. read more

10 acts vying for Polaris Music Prize this year with no clear favourite
SEPTEMBER 17 2009 • Winnipeg Free Press
It's common for artists to be gracious when it comes to accepting award nominations, but when Hey Rosetta was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize this year, they took their humility a step further. read more

Chad VanGaalen talks Polaris
SEPTEMBER 15 2009 • Stylus
The days are counting down until the fourth Polaris Music Prize is awarded. The big gala is September 21, and whether the last four years have made you excited about the $20,000 prize for best Canadian album or made you cynical about its success in rewarding true excellence and innovation, there’s probably at least one act on the nominees list that you respect. read more

Help, I'm Alive My Heart Keeps Beatings Like A Hammer
SEPTEMBER 03 2009 • Prince George Citizen
The citizen weighs in on the Short List. read more

The reasons that he loves this town
AUGUST 17 2009 • National Post
It's been a busy summer for Joel Plaskett, the reigning East Coast Music Awards entertainer of the year. He is currently on a cross-country tour to promote Three, which is garnering high praise. Paul McCartney hand-picked him as his opener for his Halifax show in July. And he recently found out that Three is up for the $20,000 Polaris Music Prize, to be announced in September. read more

Rocking The Rock
AUGUST 17 2009 • The Globe And Mail
When the Polaris Prize shortlist was announced, some critics bemoaned its lack of geographic diversity. In the running for the award, which celebrates the best in largely independent Canadian indie music, were acts such as Elliott Brood, Great Lake Swimmers and K'Naan – all talented artists, but all residing within a stone's throw of the CN Tower. Where was the heavy metal from Vancouver or the freak folk from Winnipeg?

At least St. John's orchestral indie rock made the cut. With Hey Rosetta! nominated for the national award, St. John's may be on its way to becoming Canada's next indie rock capital. read more

Patrick Watson makes Paste Magazine's "Best Of What's Next" list
AUGUST 17 2009 • Paste Magazine
Ethereal, creepy, gorgeous, revolutionary—Patrick Watson’ music is all of these things, often simultaneously. The Canadian artist grew up singing in church choirs in Montreal, and studied classical and jazz piano performance, arrangement and composition before he and his band released their 2003 debut. read more

K'NAAN talks hip-hop and Polaris
AUGUST 13 2009 • Toronto Sun (via Canadian Press)
Among the 40 albums that have been shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize since it was created in 2006, only four could be categorized as hip hop.

K’naan, who can claim two of those nominations, says it’s the hip-hop community’s responsibility to change that. read more

Polaris Prize Founder Defends Nominees
JULY 20 2009 • Billboard.biz
Steve Jordan, co-founder of the Polaris Music Prize, has defended this year's shortlist for the Canadian album honor.

Six of the 10 nominees were previously-nominated acts. But Jordan says any criticism stems from a misunderstanding of what the prize actually represents - recognition for the best Canadian album of the year. read more

Aux.tv covers the Announcement
JULY 10 2009 • Aux.tv
Here's some coverage of the actual unveiling of the list. There are interviews with Metric, Great Lake Swimmers, Patrick Watson and Elliot BROOD. read more

Polaris 09 Short List
JULY 09 2009 • ffwd
OK so for predictions I went 5/10 and for my actual ballot I went 2/5. Not bad, but not great. I'm really disappointed that Rae Spoon didn't make the cut. Sooo... Analysis. read more

Exclaim!’s Polaris Contest Reveals Readers’ Short List Predictions; Joel Plaskett, Metric and Leonard Cohen Lead the Top Guesses
JULY 09 2009 • Exclaim!
The mind of the music critic is a cluttered place, full of obscure facts, half-hearted to-do lists and the lyrics to horrible pop songs of yore. But brave Exclaim! readers ventured into those very minds to try and predict what the outcome of this week’s Polaris Music Prize short list would be, based on the 40 albums on the announced long list. (See the real short list here.) read more

Polaris shortlist includes repeat nominees
JULY 08 2009 • Toronto Star
Call it a Polaris playback: Of the 10 artists on this year's short list for the annual $20,000 Polaris Music Prize, six are repeat nominees, including previous winners Patrick Watson. read more

Recent Chart interviews with some of the nominees
JULY 08 2009 • Chartattack
Chartattack has interviews with a number of nominees, including Fucked Up's Pink Eyes from Croatia! Peep it along with other Chart coverage, here: read more

Polaris Panel: Analyzing the Polaris shortlist
JULY 08 2009 • National Post
The Ampersand's Brad Frenette, Ben Kaplan and Mark Medley each were members on the voting committee for the Polaris Music Prize, which announced its shortlist yesterday. read more

Polaris Excludes B.C. Artists
JULY 08 2009 • Vancouver Sun
The voting and message-board ranting of Canadian music journalists, broadcasters and sundry stripes of professional music nerds came to a head Tuesday morning in Toronto, as The Polaris Prize Short List was announced. No B.C. artists made the cut. read more

Polaris Short List
JULY 08 2009 • Now Magazine
Long before the Polaris Prize Short List was announced it was easy to predict what the response would be from music critics and message board snobs. read more

No Epiphany
JULY 08 2009 • Chromewaves
So yesterday was P-Day – the announcement of the short list for the fourth annual Polaris Music Prize – and perhaps the biggest surprise with the results was the fact that there weren’t any surprises. read more

Contenders For Polaris A Diverse Group
JULY 08 2009 • Metro
The race to crown the best Canadian album of 2008-09 has really begun, with the announcement of the Polaris Music Prize short list yesterday. read more

Polaris Prize confirms nominees
JULY 08 2009 • Clash
The Polaris Prize - Canada's equivalent of the Mercury music prize - has unveiled a glittering array of nominees.

What the hell has happened to Canada? Long reviled for its music scene the northern state has somehow transformed itself into the coolest place on the planet. More liberal the the United States, this carefree atmosphere has transferred itself onto some stunning releases. read more

Metric and Patrick Watson nominated for Polaris music prize
JULY 08 2009 • Guardian
Metric, Patrick Watson and the boldly named Fucked Up are among the nominees for the 2009 Polaris music prize. Now in its fourth year, the Polaris honours the best Canadian album of the year and is modelled on Britain's Mercury music prize. Previous winners are Final Fantasy, Caribou and – coincidence! – Patrick Watson. read more

Flipping Channels
JULY 07 2009 • I (heart) music
Originally, I'd planned on posting my thoughts on this year's Polaris Prize Short List. I'm not sure exactly what I was going to say, but the basic gist of it was going to be that the Short List was about as awful as it possibly could have been, with its sole saving grace being that The Stills didn't make it. read more

Polaris Prize Short List revealed...now what?
JULY 07 2009 • Hour.ca
Okay, so, this morning, the Polaris Music Prize Short List was announced. Without further ado, the ten records made in Canada between June 1, 2008, and May 31, 2009, as hacked down from the Long List created by music journalists and bloggers and other people of import in this country's music scene, are: read more

Metric, Great Lake Swimmers and K'naan Make Polaris Prize Short List
JULY 07 2009 • Spinner.ca
The Polaris Music Prize, Canada's annual $20,000 award for best album, announced its top ten finalists on July 7, read more

Predicting Polaris Prize Predictability
JULY 07 2009 • EYEWEEKLY.com
In a Drake SkyYard clustered with representatives from pretty much all Canadian music media, journalists munched on clotted-cream croissants awaiting this morning's announcement of the Polaris Prize shortlist. read more

Metric React to Short List Nomination as Exclaim! Goes Behind the Scenes of the Polaris Music Prize
JULY 07 2009 • Exclaim!
As previously reported, today was the day the Polaris Music Prize short list was revealed. The list of the final ten nominees was announced over a press conference in Toronto, held at the Drake Hotel’s rooftop patio, and Exclaim! was there to see it all go down. read more

Six repeat nominees on Polaris short list
JULY 07 2009 • The Globe And Mail
A new tier system has formed within the Canadian music scene: those few bands making repeat appearances on the prestigious Polaris Music Prize short list and the slew of other groups that haven't. read more

ExploreMusic Goes to Polaris Prize Nomination Ceremony
JULY 07 2009 • Explore Music
Here's some audio interviews with some of the Short List Polaris artists in attendance at the SHort List unveiling. read more

We wuz robbed!
JULY 07 2009 • Vancouver Courier
The July 7 announcement of the shortlist of 10 finalists for the Polaris Music Prize ($20,000) for best Canadian album of the last year has prompted a number of naysayers to throw in their two cents—among them, us. What, no Vancouver bands? Where’s Vancougar? Where’re the Pink Mountaintops? read more

Polaris, squared (and square-rooted)
JULY 07 2009 • Zoilus
Beloved jury member Carl Wilson's in-depth analysis of this year's Short List. read more

Polaris Music Prize Short List Unveiled
JULY 07 2009 • National Post
The shortlist for the fourth annual Polaris Music Prize was revealed Tuesday morning and bore the names of six previous nominees, with no debut albums making the cut. read more

Pulse Niagara guesses the Short List
JULY 02 2009 • Pulse Niagara
Jordy Yack, a charter jury members, makes his case for who should be on the Short List. read more

Patriots You'll Soon Love
JUNE 24 2009 • Canada.com
Some Canadian artists profiled, including some Polaris nominees. read more

America needs a "Polaris Prize"
JUNE 24 2009 • Daily Kos
The Polaris prize long list was announced recently. The long list is 40, the short list to be announced in July is 7. read more

Malajube Bridges Language Gaps With Music
JUNE 22 2009 • Times Colonist
Jury member Amanda Ash profiles Long Lister's Malajube. read more

When navigating Canuck music, let Polaris be your guide
JUNE 21 2009 • Hour.ca
Okay, so we're posting a story on our website which is about our website by jurist Dave Jaffer. But if it gets you exploring the rest of the site then it's worth it. read more

Why Your Album Didn't Make The Polaris Music Prize 2009 Long List
JUNE 16 2009 • Chartattack
Jury members Aaron Brophy humours us with why your record didn't make the Long List. Assuming that you have a record, of course. read more