The 2014 Polaris Music Prize was handed out on Monday September 22, 2014 in Toronto. The $30,000 cheque went to Tanya Tagaq for her release Animism, beating out Arcade Fire, Basia Bulat, Drake, Jesse Lanza, Mac DeMarco, Owen Pallet, Shad, Timber Timbre, and Yamantaka//Sonic Titan.
The thankful Tagaq urged the sold out audience to eat seal, and “F*CK PETA”.
Past Polaris Music Prize winners.
2006 Final Fantasty – He Poos Clouds
2007 Patrick Watson – Close to Paradise
2008 Caribu – Andorra
2009 Fucked Up – The Chemistry of Common Life
2010 Karkwa – Les Chemins Des Verre
2011 Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
2012 Feist – Metals
2013 Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Alleluljah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!