Feist won the 2012 Polaris Music Prize last night for her album Metals, saying "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" in a statement.
Feist receives $30,000, wit hthe music judged solely on artistic merit, instead of genre or record sales. The Polaris Music Prize is awarded to the best full-length Canadian album released from June 1, 2011 to May 31, 2012. They raised the amount of the Polaris Prize last year from $20,000 to $30,000.
They announced their long list in June, with names like Handsome Furs, Japandroids, Grimes, Cadence Weapon and Yukon Blonde. See the full list below.
"The year's list deliciously illustrates the burgeoning sense of community in our jury. Almost half of the selections on this list were the direct result of passionate recommendations made by individual members to their peers. We hope the ultimate result of this dialogue will likewise inform the taste of adventurous music lovers from Canada and the world," said Polaris Founder and Executive Director Steve Jordan.
Other Polaris Music Prize winners include Arcade Fire (2011) Karkwa (2010), Fucked Up (2009) Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007) and Final Fantasy (2006).
Cadence Weapon – Hope In Dirt City
Cold Specks – I Predict A Graceful Expulsion
Drake – Take Care
Kathleen Edwards – Voyageur
Feist – Metals
Fucked Up – David Comes To Life
Grimes – Visions
Handsome Furs – Sound Kapital
Japandroids – Celebration Rock
YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN – YT//ST