Leslie Feist has taken home one of Canadian music’s biggest prizes. The Nova Scotia-born, Calgary-bred, and Toronto-based artist look home the $30,000 Polaris prize yesterday, in a win which was neither predictable nor shocking, according to the Globe and Mail.
The award is given to recognize the best Canadian album of the previous year, and is determined by a small jury of music journalists, bloggers and broadcasters. While Feist has been well-known, both nationally and internationally since her breakout album, The Reminder, in 2007, her 2011 album Metals, sold more modestly. That said, it was still critically well received.
Other artists nominated for the Polaris included Toronto hip-hop artist Drake, Montreal electro-pop composer Grimes, Vancouver rock due Japanroids, and Toronto punk band Fucked Up, who took home the Polaris in 2009.