Posted in music | pictures on September 27, 2012

by Dominick Mastrangelo

Grimes / Feist and check / Fucked Up at 2012 Polaris Gala
2012 Polaris Prize
2012 Polaris Prize
2012 Polaris Prize

As you may have heard, Feist took home the 2012 Polaris Music Prize on Monday at Toronto's Masonic Temple. The Calgary native won the $30,000 prize for last year's Arts & Crafts release, Metals, beating out an incredibly strong shortlist which included Grimes, Drake (who was in Toronto but did not attend the gala), Handsome Furs, and 2009 winners, Fucked Up.

The three-hour gala featured performances by seven of the 10 shortlist nominees as the jury deliberated elsewhere in the building trying to decide on a winner.

Upon hearing her name announced by Jeremy Gara and Tim Kingsbury of last year's winners, Arcade Fire, the camera-shy Feist initially crawled under her table. "This is my worst nightmare," she told gala host Graham Lawrence, referencing her dislike of public speaking. "You'd think from a lifetime of terrible speeches I would remember at one point to write something down, but I never do because it seems presumptuous to prepare."

The performances were all top notch, with Grimes the most head-turning, opting for a male pole dancer instead of her usual two female dancers. Kathleen Edwards brought in a children's choir for her performance and then delivered a very heartfelt speech afterward where she thanked Polaris founder Steve Jordan for "creating a vehicle for those of us who don't want to march in the shit parade."

The last performance of the evening went to Feist and she was joined by Snowblink, Aurora as well as Broken Social Scene alum Andrew Whiteman and Charles Spearin, who's been handling mutli-instrumentalist duties on her current tour. Cold Specks (who will be here in November), Cadence Weapon and Yamantaka // Sonic Titan also performed. More pictures from the Gala are below.

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2012 Polaris Prize

2012 Polaris Prize

2012 Polaris Prize

2012 Polaris Prize

2012 Polaris Prize

Fucked Up

2012 Polaris Prize

Cold Specks

2012 Polaris Prize

Kathleen Edwards

2012 Polaris Prize

2012 Polaris Prize

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan

2012 Polaris Prize

Cadence Weapon

2012 Polaris Prize

Grimes

2012 Polaris Prize

Feist

2012 Polaris Prize

Fucked Up

2012 Polaris Prize

2012 Polaris Prize

Cold Specks

2012 Polaris Prize

2012 Polaris Prize

2012 Polaris Prize

Cadence Weapon

2012 Polaris Prize

2012 Polaris Prize

Kathleen Edwards

2012 Polaris Prize

2012 Polaris Prize

Grimes

2012 Polaris Prize

2012 Polaris Prize

2012 Polaris Prize

YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN

2012 Polaris Prize

2012 Polaris Prize

2012 Polaris Prize

2012 Polaris Prize

2012 Polaris Prize

Feist

2012 Polaris Prize

2012 Polaris Prize

2012 Polaris Prize

2012 Polaris Prize

2012 Polaris Prize

Graham Lawrence (CBC) and Lauren Toyota (Much Music) with Jeremy Gara and Tim Kingsbury of Arcade Fire announcing the winner

2012 Polaris Prize

2012 Polaris Prize

2012 Polaris Prize

Polaris Music Prize founder Steve Jordan

2012 Polaris Prize

Feist

2012 Polaris Prize

2012 Polaris Prize

2012 Polaris Prize

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Comments (12)

Canada Vegan

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2012 10:01 AM

YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN … who likes this minstrel show shit

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2012 10:04 AM

I made the decision that Feist wins, so y'all can unk my hurples

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2012 10:22 AM

Feist seems like 'shopping music'

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2012 10:57 AM

Feist and Grimes being in the same place seems like it should violate several health ordinances.

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2012 12:03 PM

Feist already has plenty of royalty money from the dozens of commercials her songs are featured in. Polaris: give the $30k to someone who really needs it. Like Grimes. She still looks like one of those lost homeless gutterpunk girls you see begging for change on the street.

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2012 12:13 PM

Grimes needs a shower and a whole bottle of shampoo. Lather rinse repeat lather rinse repeat lather rinse repeat lather rinse repeat lather rinse repeat get fucked by an orangutan lather rinse repeat lather rinse repeat.

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2012 2:12 PM

I saw Grimes last year at a really small church basement in Philly and you could smell her b.o. from the front of the stage. Also one of the plugs on her keyboard came out and she just kept pretending to play.

Posted by AnonHUMMUS | September 27, 2012 3:23 PM

Ive never heard Grimes but the pole dancer says a lot

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2012 10:41 PM

iPods

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2012 1:23 AM

Hope they come back around for a non-festival show. The Church of St Paul the Apostle show a year or 2 ago was phenomenal.

Posted by Games 2013 | November 25, 2012 4:47 AM

Looks like a lot of fun.

Posted by mike | July 15, 2013 2:00 PM

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