In a development that is not all that surprising when you think about it: Arcade Fire won the Polaris Prize last night, beating a bevy of Canadian challengers like the Weeknd, Braids, Timber Timbre, Destroyer, Hey Rosetta!, Austra, Ron Sexsmith, Colin Stetson and Galaxie. The Polaris Prize, which comes with a total prize package of $30,000, is awarded to the best Canadian album over a period of 12 months, and usually you can count on left field choices to win.
Last year, Quebecers Karkwa won, and two years ago, Fucked Up took hom the top prize. But given that the Arcade Fire juggernaut won a Grammy, it would sort of seem crazy if The Suburbs didn’t win the Polaris Prize too. So, for those keeping score at home: Arcade Fire had the best album of the year in Canada (from the Polaris and Juno Awards), Britain (they won a Brit award) and the U.S. last year.
The prize was given out at an invite-only party in Toronto, and there were performances by Austra, Braids and Timber Timbre. The Arcade Fire didn’t perform, but they took home top prize anyway. [Spinner]