Montreal’s Godspeed You! Black Emperor won the 2013 Polaris Music Prize for best Canadian album Monday night in Toronto.
The award, based solely on artistic merit, honoured their release ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! The prize includes a cash prize of $30,000 which the group is putting towards music education in Quebec prisons. Canadian musicians Kathleen Edwards and Shad hosted the gala ceremony at the Carlu.
Others shortlisted for this year’s Polaris included Heartthrob by Vancouver twin duo Tegan and Sara; Synthetica by Toronto’s Metric; The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss by Hamilton duo Whitehorse; Ultramarine by Montreal’s Young Galaxy; Toronto band METZ’s self-titled album; Shrines by Edmonton’s Purity Rings; Every Opposite by Nanaimo, B.C.’s Zaki Ibrahim; Nation II Nation by Ottawa’s A Tribe Called Red; and New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light by Montreal’s Colin Stetson.
The eligibility period for the prize ran from June 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013.
An independent jury of more than 200 music journalists, broadcasters and music bloggers from across Canada determine the Polaris Long List and Short List.
Eleven people were then selected from the larger jury pool to serve on the Grand Jury which convened the night of the gala to select the winner.
Past Polaris Music Prize winners have included Feist (2012), Arcade Fire (2011), Karkwa (2010), F---ed Up (2009), Caribou (2008), Patrick Watson (2007), and Final Fantasy (Owen Pallett) (2006).