Leslie Feist has won the 2012 Polaris Prize for her album Metals.
The singer-songwriter — who already won Artist of the Year and took home the Adult Alternative Album trophy at this year’s Junos — trumped a list of Canadian artists including Drake, Kathleen Edwards, Japandroids Cadence Weapon, Cold Specks, Grimes, Handsome Furs, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan and previous winners F--ed Up. She was awarded $30,000 for her victory. The other nine finalists won $2,000 each.
The Polaris Prize purports to choose the best Canadian album of the year without regard to sales, genre or other commercial considerations. However, its jury pool is heavily dominated by members from major centres like Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, leaving vast chunks of Canada under-represented both in terms of nominees and judges. This year, all 10 finalists were based in those three cities.