Surprise! Arcade Fire Wins 2011 Polaris Music Prize

Okay, so it’s not a surprise.  They were the favourites going in and they deserved to win. Period.  Full stop.  No debate.

In the opening introductions, the Arcade Fire was mentioned first by name while the others were jokingly referred to as “the nine dark horses.”  

The bigger shock would have been had they NOT won.  But there was no way they should have lost. The Suburbs is a critical, commercial and artistic success, lauded by even the toughest critics around the planet.  To say that any of the other nine nominees released a better record would have been just plain stupid.  

One response to a tweet I sent out said it all “If they don’t win, it’s the ultimate demonstration of the tall poppy syndrome.”  Exactly.

The Suburbs represents the perfect nexus of artistic achievement, mainstream success and hipster love. No, “they don’t need the money” (another Twitter message) and yes, they’ve already received lots of glory.  

But any other choice would have severely damaged Polaris’ credibility. 

More pictures after the jump.





Ron Sexsmith

Timber Timbre


Co-host Damian Abraham from Fucked Up




Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “Surprise! Arcade Fire Wins 2011 Polaris Music Prize

  • September 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    So Damon hosts this year, and i expect him to hoist the trophy next year


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