Caribou Takes Canadian Polaris Prize


Beats out Black Mountain,
Stars, Kathleen Edwards and others…


By Fred Mills



As previously announced, Canada’s
annual Polaris Prize – that country’s equivalent of Britain’s Mercury Prize – had some
strong contenders this year. Whittled down from about 40 deserving artists,
this year’s finalists were:



  • Black Mountain
    In The Future
  • Plants And Animals – Parc Avenue
  • Basia Bulat – Oh, My
  • Stars – In Our Bedroom
    After The War
  • Caribou – Andorra
  • Shad – The Old Prince
  • Kathleen Edwards – Asking
    For Flowers
  • Two Hours Traffic – Little
  • Holy Fuck – LP
  • The Weakerthans – Reunion Tour


Yesterday an 11-judge panel made its final determination and
the winner is to receive $20,000. Previous winners included Patrick Watson and
Final Fantasy’s Owen Pallett, and for 2008 it is…. Caribou, a/k/a Dan Snaith,
whose brilliant Andorra (Merge) was one of the highlights of 2007.



Check out the video below of Patrick Watson announcing the
winner on MySpace TV.







Patrick Watson (2007 winner) announces 2008 Polaris Music Prize!

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