By: Spacelab Research Staff
Canada's Polaris Music Prize has reduced to the Short List down to a winner, and that winner is Caribou. The announcement was made Monday at the Polaris Music Prize Gala at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto. It's their own version of the Mercury Music Prize (UK) or Australian Music Prize, Canada-style.
The winner was presented via taped segment by Patrick Watson from Montreal (as per tradition), and they presented the award to Caribou for the album Andorra. When presented with the award, an overwhelmed Dan Snaith thanked a long list of people and said he was still waiting to wake up.
Caribou is the vehicle of electronic experimentalist Dan Snaith. After creating music under the name Manitoba, Dan was served legal notice by Dick Manitoba's private investigator thug to change names or see him in court. Although Dan thinks he could have won, he decided to take the path of least resistance and change the name of the project to Caribou. They've been noted for their incredible live show.
CBC Radio3 will be offering a podcast of the show sometime on Tuesday.
This year's finalists included some of the good names you'd expect — Black Mountain, Caribou, Stars, and Holy Fuck. Other Polaris Music Prize winners include Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy (2006).
Caribou will receive $20,000 (thus, the prize) will be awarded, judged solely on artistic merit, without regard to genre or record sales. The Polaris Music Prize is awarded to the best full-length Canadian album released from June 1, 2007 to May 31, 2008.
The list was selected by 180 members of the Polaris Music Prize jury, which consists of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada. They try to avoid bias or old school deal-making by making sure that no music industry personnel with direct financial relationships with artists vote for Polaris.
Check out the bands that were on the Short List below: