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Posted in music on September 22, 2009
"Until this year, we in Fucked Up have never felt part of the Canadian "music community"; we've never really toured Canada, never received any sort of grant money, and I wasn't even a part of SOCAN until last week. It wasn't because we felt we were too good for Canada or anything moronic like that, it was simply because the scene we came out of has forever been ignored by the Canadian music industry and, as a result, has had to find a home outside of the "Cancon" world...Not only were they nominated, it was announced tonight that Fucked Up beat fellow Canadians Elliott BROOD, Great Lake Swimmers, Hey Rosetta!, K'NAAN, Malajube, Metric, Joel Plaskett, Chad VanGaalen, and Patrick Watson for the 2009 Polaris Music Prize. The above art is a Polaris-created poster for the winning album, The Chemistry Of Common Life. It's the same album that the band will be performing live in Brooklyn in November.
...So, for us, the prospect that one day we would be nominated for something like Polaris would have been completely laughable. And somehow that is where we find ourselves. This shift is thanks in large part to the changing face of the Canadian music media. More and more, people in places like Exclaim!, MTV News, Eye, and NOW have been covering hardcore music. Fucked Up, being the media whores that we are, have been the band that has benefited the most from this, and hopefully it's a trend that continues and isn't a mere case of tokenism. Being nominated for the Polaris Prize is one of the most exciting things to have happened to our band, not only because of the prestige of the award but because it was something that until this year would have felt so far out of the realm of possibility." [Damian "Pink Eyes" Abraham to Torontoist]