Montreal outfit Patrick Watson snatched this year’s Polaris Music Prize, given to Canada’s best album. The won it for their beautiful and splendid album Closer to Paradise.
More surprising is that they beat out the likes of heavy weights Arcade Fire (Neon Bible) and Feist (The Reminder) and other dark horses contenders The Besnard Lakes (Are the Dark Horse), Junior Boys (So This is Goodbye) and Miracle Fortress (Five Roses). That doesn’t even mention the long shots including Julie Doiren, The Dears, Joel Plaskett Emergency, and Chad VanGaalan.
Patrick Watson for one was pulling for Chad VanGaalan to win, upon accepting the award: “I really didn’t want to win . . . I was hoping Chad would.”
Besides getting a bunch of horns tooted and pats on the ole back, the band also walked away with $20,000. We couldn’t be happier for these lads, since we were really pulling for them and the exposure that comes with it. Hard to imagine that they were opening for Elvis Perkins in Boston in front of about 500 people only six months ago.
Probably the coolest thing about the gala night, besides the performances and the upset win (deservedly so) was the limited edition posters each band received from a hometown artist. Head over to the Polaris site for each band’s artwork. Check out Patrick Watson’s after the jump.