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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Karkwa, Karkwa, Karkwa

Say what you will Jan Brady the Polaris Music Prize always seems to be a surprise when it comes to the pronouncement of a winner. Last night’s finale was no different as Montreal proggy, indie rockers Karkwa took home the Polaris Music Prize for its fourth album, Les Chemins de Verre (Audiogram).  (The first francophone band to do so.)

Yesterday’s much ballyhooed ceremony at CTV's Concert Hall at Toronto’s Masonic Temple featured performances by all ten of this year’s shortlisted artists – Broken Social Scene, The Besnard Lakes, Tegan and Sara, Shad, Caribou, Owen Pallett, Dan Mangan, Radio Radio and The Sadies.

The band – singer Louis-Jean Cormier, keyboardist Francois Lafontaine, drummer Julier Sagot, drummer St├ęphane Bergeron and bassist Martin Lamontaigne – was formed in 1998 and have released three albums prior to Les Chemins De Verre, including Les Tremblements s’immobilisent, which won a trio of Felix Awards in 2006.

Previous Polaris winners are Fucked Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy (2006). Voting by a 200-member jury resulted in a 10-title shortlist of Canadian albums released between June 1, 2009 and May 31, 2010. An 11 member gala grand jury then selected a winner while the event took place. The band was presented their $20,000 cheque by the previous year’s winner (Fucked Up’s) Damian Abraham.

Sirius Satellite Radio and Radio 3 broadcast the ceremony live across North America, and around the world on the web at The gala was also webcast live on and will be broadcast Sept. 25th at 9pm ET on MuchMusic with repeat airings no doubt to follow ad infinitum.

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Allison said...

I was disappointed with this win.

Conventional pop; in French or English is just that, conventional.

At least more people are scrambling to catch up with the French music scene now. Do you know if Malajube has ever been nominated? I can't recall.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Karkwa's win certainly caught everybody off guard. One really has to wonder about the motivation behind the jury's selection though, especially with such a strong field. Ah well.

Love the new look, by the way. Pixels FTW!