Feist is the winner of the 2012 Polaris Music Prize for her album Metals.
The announcement was somewhat of a shock — none more so to Leslie Feist — who hid under her table as her name was announced at the gala at the Masonic Temple in Toronto on Monday night.
Feist eventually emerged from underneath her table and took to the stage where she was handed a cheque for $30,000 by the Polaris hosts CBC Radio 3’s Grant Lawrence and MuchMusic’s Lauren Toyota, together with Jeremy Gara and Tim Kingsbury, members of Arcade Fire who won the prize in 2011.
Feist gave thanks to her band and her record label, and paid tribute to the other nominees. “I’ve been having such an unbelievably good time sitting here, watching this cavalcade of really good music. Everyone had a favourite here tonight… I’m just really shocked and really, really grateful to be a part of the night. I’ll be going to all their gigs. I want to see an hour and a half of everyone who played tonight.”
The gala had featured performances by seven of this year’s nominees. Feist gave the last performance of the night, performing “Caught A Long Wind” and “The Bad In Each Other” with support from Aroara and Arts & Craft label mates Snowblink.
Asked by Polaris in the aftermath for a quote, Feist added, “I’m genuinely grateful from one solitary listener to another. Honestly, thanks.”
Courtesy of Slaight Music, each of the nine other short listed artists will receive $2000.00. The Polaris Music Prize is judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration of genre or record sales.
This winner was decided by the 2012 Grand Jury which included Gregory Adams (Georgia Straight), Michael Barclay (Maclean’s, Radio Free Canuckistan), Chris Bilton (The Grid), Ryan Bresee (CKCU 93.1fm), Lisa Christiansen (CBC Radio 1), Shawn Conner (The Snipe News), Melissa Hetu (TFO), Kevin Laforest (Freelance, ex-Hour), Ryan B. Patrick (Freelance), Tabassum Siddiqui (Freelance) and Nicole Villeneuve (AUX TV).
The 2012 Polaris Music Prize Short List
Cadence Weapon – Hope In Dirt City
Cold Specks – I Predict A Graceful Expulsion
Drake – Take Care
Kathleen Edwards – Voyageur
Feist – Metals
Fucked Up – David Comes To Life
Grimes – Visions
Handsome Furs – Sound Kapital
Japandroids – Celebration Rock
YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN – YT//ST
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