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Presenters Lauren Toyota and Grant Lawrence

Feist wins Polaris Music Prize


What: The Polaris Music Prize
Where: The Masonic Temple Toronto
When: Sept 24, 2012





Now in its  7th year the Polaris Music Awards played it safe Monday night at the Masonic Temple in Toronto.

It was difficult to find the live stream online and the location seemed hidden.  We had to go to the website, the Facebook page, and we finally found it.

Ladies and gentlemen, we present the 2012 Polaris Music Prize.

Upon finally finding the online gala, we noticed the room was the Masonic temple Toronto (not announced on any of the online media) and clearly full of INDUSTRY ONLY HEAVY WEIGHTS.

For an awards show that is supposed to be based on merit of an indie only policy and a Champion who receives the $30,000 prize that goes with it, the ‘Free pussy’ tee from the presenter who introduced Fucked up summed it up.

‘this song goes out to my son he’s 3 and couldn’t make it out tonight’ said singer -Damian Abraham

The presenter for Cold Specks:  “cold specks is kind of like a poltergeist…doom blues, Canadian Gothic.  and I predict many glorious things to come”

Holding her fender telecaster ‘Al Spx’ with the tune “ELEPHANT HEAD” delivered a very heavy blues set which was worthy of the award and the best performance of the night. The audience responded with raucous applause and held on her every word and note.  When she exited the stage host Grant Lawrence said ” that was wonderful!” – and it certainly was.

The Japandriods presented by Alan Cross “they’re not here – but if they win they’ve promised to Skype, place your bets” did little to persuade the judges who had already made up their minds long before the end of the show.

Andreanne Sasseville did her best to introduce up and comer Cadence Weapon for the award.

Cadence tried hard to win over the predominately indie rock hipsters but his performance was not enough to win the prize.

“can you guys clap for me please?” was not enough – to seal the deal for the prize.

Kathleen Edwards killed it with a wonderful performance in which the host said ‘that was beautiful’.

“Can I say this? the last time I was nominated  I fucking lost” lol”.. said Edwards. ‘the person who won…last time… Caribou..’ as she proceeded to tell a story upon which she has requested a Caribou song from a DJ without knowing the band, in good humor.

“I am grateful for creating a conversation about music”  said Edwards “we sacrifice things good and bad to do what we do and thank you Steve Jordan for all of us who don’t want to march in this shit parade.”

Next up was Vancouver’s Grimes, a favorite to win the award – presenter Johnny Hockin: “I imagined her as an dungeons and dragons games master” calling out to music critics to find the hidden gems in her music.

The memorable performance with poll dancer was mesmerizing but not enough to secure the award, however it’s worth an honorable mention.

When asked about ‘Gary’ her dancer Grimes said “we met like 10 mis ago”.

“A cross between Ann of green gables and magic mike” – said host Grant Lawrence

After the performance the crowd was getting restless -  ” 2 mins…30 secs…0 secs ohh (politely ) you’re so polite tonight” said Lawrence, trying to calm down the crowd.

it looks like our critics have made a decision and there are a few more acts to come” – said Lawrence

Yamantaka/Sonic Titan singing entirely in Japanese, gave a memorable performance.

Winners of the VIP packages were announced pointing out St Johns Newfoundland winner  – Rebeca Gladney, who flew half way around the country to attend the Gala.

While presenting Drake, Tyrone – T REX (with his iPhone) – “this is more than rap – this is a revolution for an entire nation” created some hype for the rapper who didn’t attend and caused a huge pause followed by some deserved applause.

Nicholas Jennings presented Feist on what was expected to be the most memorable performance of the evening.  Toronto-via-California duo Snowblink – joined Feist on the song “Caught A Long Wind” for a classic performance.

The show closed out with  “The Bad in Each Other…”  with the closing lyrics “There in lies the doubt . We had the same feelings” so did THE SCENE as Arcade Fire presented Feist with the award.


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By: Darrell J. Shelley



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