|Arcade Fire's Win Butler, left, performs at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto in this file photo. (QMI Agency files)
TORONTO - The winner of the 2011 Polaris Music Prize - Canada’s version of England’s Mercury Prize - also proved to be the most mainstream and successful of the 10 shortlisted nominees this year - Montreal band Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs.
The group, who already won album of the year honors at both the Grammys and the Junos for their No. 1 record, took home a $30,000 prize at the five-year-old ceremony held Monday night in Toronto at the Masonic Temple with highlights to be broadcast on MuchMusic on Sept. 24.
Among others on the 2011 Polaris short list were Toronto dance-music outfit Austra’s See It Break; Timber Timbre’s Creep On Creepin’ On; Ron Sexsmith’s Long Player Late Bloomer; The Weeknd’s House Of Balloons; and Calgary-born, Montreal-based Braids’ Native Speaker.