The Polaris Music Prize@The Carlu(Monday,September 19th,2016)
Kaytranada was the big winner on Monday night for the Polaris Music Prize as Buffy Sainte-Marie presented the 24-year-old Haitian-Canadian producer with the $50,000 prize.
His debut album titled 99.9% was awarded the eleventh annual Polaris Prize, which recognizes a single Canadian record each year for the most artistic merit, regardless of sales or label. Therefore the biggest names such as:Justin Bieber, Drake and the Weeknd had some of the world’s best-selling records – were not shortlisted for the 2016 prize, which does not take sales or popularity into account.
Kaytranada win also represents a first for the Polaris Prize, as the album is the first winner in the award’s 11-year history to be categorized in the hip hop and R&B genre.
Albums released between June, 2015 and May, 2016 were eligible for this year’s prize. A group of 196 music journalists and programmers first voted for a long list of 40 albums from this period, which they then trim down to a final 10 nominees. A group of 11 jury members were culled from the larger group and voted again on Monday to determine this year’s winner.
Louis Kevin Celestin aka Kaytranada, was raised in Montreal’s and was influenced by soul, funk, hip hop and Haitian music. He produced and mixed most of the album alone at home – he still lives at his mother’s house
Polaris Prize founder Steve Jordan dedicated the evening to broadcaster Andreanne Sasseville, who is fighting breast cancer, and the Tragically Hip, whose singer Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer.
The Polaris Music Prize has been awarded since 2006. Folk icon Sainte-Marie won last year’s award for her album Power in the Blood.
White Lung The pop albums Art Angels and Emotion, from Grimes, Carly Rae Jepsen, Basia Bulat; Regina’s Andy Shauf. Indie-pop record from U.S. Girls, the project of Meghan Remy, and by Vancouver classic-hard rock Black Mountain. Kaytranada’s record 99.9%, with hip hop, and vocalist-producer Jessy Lanza’s
Seven nominated artists performed at the gala Monday night, some of whom took the opportunity to perform with members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Jepsen played her song, a ballad accompanied by just a string quartet and acoustic guitar. Shauf and Bulat also had support.
The band Pup couldn’t attend the gala, as they were on tour in Austria, so their parents were in attendance at the event.
The nine other artists shortlisted for the prize each took home $3,000.
We would like to thank Amanda McCauley,Director of Publicity from Indoor Recess Inc. for the invitation to The Polaris Music Prize.