Karkwa win the 2010 Polaris Music Prize – Les Chemins de Verre is the first French-language album to win

September 20, 2010
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Karkwa - credit Marie-Claude Hamel
Montreal’s Karkwa are the surprise winners of the 2010 Polaris Music Prize. The Quebec band beat off competition from the likes of Broken Social Scene and Tegan and Sara, with being Les Chemins De Verre being named the top Canadian album of 2010. It is the first time a francophone album has won the Polaris.

Picking up their prize along with a cheque for $20,000 at the award gala in Toronto from last year’s winners Fucked Up, Karkwa said their thank-yous in rather broken English: “It’s not industry gala… it’s not internet voting… it’s all about the music, and it means a lot to us! It’s just one prize, one album!”

The Polaris Prize is a prize given to the Canadian artist that a panel of almost 200 judges (bloggers, broadcasters, journalists and programmers) think produced the best album of the year. Sales are not taken into account. Artistic merit and the personal tastes of the judges what weigh in on the voting.

The complete list of nominees for the 2010 Polaris Prize were as follows:

The Besnard Lakes – Are The Roaring Night
Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record
Caribou – Swim
Karkwa – Les Chemins de Verre
Dan Managan – Nice, Nice, Very Nice
Owen Pallett – Heartland
Radio Radio – Belmundo Regal
The Sadies – Darker Circles
Shad – TSOL
Tegan and Sara – Sainthood

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3 Responses to Karkwa win the 2010 Polaris Music Prize – Les Chemins de Verre is the first French-language album to win

  1. eleanor on September 21, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Stunned. Did not see that one coming, I was expecting Tegan And Sara or Caribou.

    Like many people, I bet I’m listening to their music for the first time right at this moment!

  2. Amy Weston on September 21, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Sacre bleu much? 😮

  3. mark on September 21, 2010 at 11:44 am

    And now this morning hipsters everywhere declare that they knew about this band for years…

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