The Polaris Music Prize honors the year's best full-length album by a Canadian artist, and last night the award was handed out at Toronto's Concert Hall Studios. Feist's Metals took home the prize, beating out a short list that included Drake, Fucked Up, Grimes, Kathleen Edwards, Japandroids, Cadence Weapon, Cold Specks, Handsome Furs, and Yamantaka // Sonic Titan. Feist earned $30,000 for her first-place finish, and the other nominees each received $2,000.
Feist seemed struck for words when during her acceptance speech, stating "I haven't had a second to consider how to talk about this yet, but what I want to say is thank you to the people who really listened to my record. I'm genuinely grateful from one solitary listener to another. Honestly, thanks."
Metals was decided as the winner by a Grand Jury that included eleven Canadian jurors pulled from a variety of media outlets. 2011 Polaris Prize winners Jeremy Gara and Tim Kingsbury of Arcade Fire presented the award, and other past winners include Fucked Up, Caribou, and Patrick Watson.
Photo by Dustin Rabin.