After a months long process, from the long list of 40 to the short list, the ultimate winners of the 2011 Polaris Music Prize is Arcade Fire’s latest release, The Suburbs. Montreal based, Arcade Fire were previously shortlisted for the Prize in 2007 for Neon Bible which at the time was the pinnacle of the bands rise to fame, The Suburbs has surpassed the standard set by the previous album . The critically acclaimed album has already claimed Album Of The Year awards at The Brits, Grammy and Juno awards, the Polaris Prize is icing on the cake.
The $30,000 award was presented Tuesday night at the Masonic Temple in Toronto, the gala event featured live performances by nominees Ron Sexsmith, Austra, Galaxie, Timber Timbre, Braids, and Hey Rosetta!.
To catch a glimpse of the festivities check out CBC Radio 3’s Polaris podcast or re-live the performances by visiting MuchMusic.com’s Polaris microsite. Then stay tuned for next year’s Long List coming out in spring 2012.