Voted on by an ‘even more expert group of experts’ (a quote from the live webcast), the winner of the 2008 Polaris Music Prize is the album Andorra, by Ontario’s Caribou (Dan Snaith). As well as being a fan of his music (I played the track “Melody Day” when I guest-DJ’ed on WMBR), Caribou also gets z=z love for being in the ranks of overeducated musicians – Dan Snaith holds a doctorate in mathematics from Imperial College London.
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Tomorrow (Monday) night is the announcement of the winner of Canada’s 2008 Polaris Music Prize. Modeled after the Mercury Prize, it’s given for the best Canadian album, ‘judged solely on artistic merit, without regard to genre or record sales.’ This year’s shortlist of ten albums includes Stars‘ In Our Bedroom After the War, Caribou‘s Andorra, Holy Fuck‘s LP, and the Weakerthans‘ Reunion Tour (a full list is here). As well as glory, the prize comes with $20 000 Canadian, which is real money these days. The awards ceremony is being held in Toronto, and will feature live or video performances by all the nominees. The whole thing is being being webcast on CBC radio 3, starting at 8 pm Eastern time. If you do happen to be in Toronto, the official after-party starts at 10 pm at the Drake Hotel, and members of nominee and z=z fave Holy Fuck will be among the DJs.
webcast link (8 pm Eastern on Monday, September 29th, 2008)