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The jury has spoken. Feist's Metals was named the winner of this year's Polaris Music Prize at last night's gala in Toronto. The announcement was made by members of Arcade Fire, who took home last year's Polaris Prize for their 2010 album The Suburbs.

Feist is the first female artist to win the Polaris Music Prize. Speaking before an audience of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers in the Concert Hall Studios at Toronto's Masonic Temple, Leslie Feist was surprised and somewhat unprepared to give a speech.

"You'd think from a lifetime of terrible speeches, I would remember at one point to write something down," Feist said. "Thank you so much, I've been really inspired tonight."

The singer-songwriter thanked her manager, her label Arts & Crafts, her tour managers and her "brothers in music" Chilly Gonzales and Mocky, Brian LeBarton and Lucky Paul Taylor. "Everyone had a favourite here tonight, and I did too, and I did not think it was me. I'm just really shocked, and I'm really grateful to be a part of the night."

Each year, a jury of 11 members is sequestered in a room at the Masonic Temple to determine a grand prize winner. This year's grand jury included broadcasters, bloggers and journalists from Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa. The jury's mandate is to award an album based on "highest artistic integrity, without regard to musical genre, professional affiliation, or sales history."

As the winner of the seventh annual Polaris Prize, Feist was presented with this year's grand prize, a $30,000 cheque, and a one-week free rental of a VIP Deluxe Splitter tour bus for her next European tour. The nine remaining shortlisted artists will each receive $2,000, courtesy of Slaight Music. 

Past winners of the Polaris Music Prize include Montreal's Arcade Fire (2011), Montreal's Karkwa (2010), Toronto's F--cked Up (2009), Dundas's Caribou (2008), Montreal's Patrick Watson (2007) and Toronto's Final Fantasy (2006).

Keep watching CBC Music for more coverage from this year's Polaris Music Prize gala. 

Related:

Check out Grant Lawrence's Top 5 best moments from the Polaris gala

Listen to our podcast version of last night's Polaris gala

Stream Feist's Polaris Music Prize nominated album Metals

CBC Radio 3's Polaris Music Prize gala podcast

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Mark MacArthur
#1 posted by
Mark MacArthur
on Sep 24, 2012

I'm happy with this.  Well deserved. 

I just can't wrap my head around the fact there have been 7 of these already.

Three more years and we can have a Polaris winners' 'Super-Polaris'.

juepucta
#2 posted by
juepucta
on Sep 24, 2012

It was a really good short list this year, too.

marie_curious
#3 posted by
marie_curious
on Sep 25, 2012

Called it.

Way to go, Feist!

Driftwood
#4 posted by
Driftwood
on Sep 25, 2012

Hoped she would win.  Wasn't even a fan before the Metals album.  Congratulations, Feist.

fowlerb
#5 posted by
fowlerb
on Sep 25, 2012

Comment for the web-admins: The image gallery pop-up frame is dominated by the advert that is directly on top of the photos and doesn't fade away or have a button to close it and interferes with the experience. 

jaymowil
#6 posted by
jaymowil
on Sep 25, 2012

Hey guys, can you please fire up yer tractor and push the pop up ad out of the way of the photo gallery?

hiphopsuperman
#7 posted by
hiphopsuperman
on Sep 25, 2012

Was this recorded? Any way to see it online?

BotchedAttempt
#8 posted by
BotchedAttempt
on Sep 25, 2012

@hiphopsupermanMuchMusic is playing an edited version on Saturday night.

 

flannel tom
#9 posted by
flannel tom
on Sep 25, 2012

Good on ya Feist. Heckuva record you made there.

"First Woman to win the Polaris".... also the first Nova Scotian (albeit she doesn't really identify as one) to win the Polaris, too!

Elliott Garnier
#10 posted by
Elliott Garnier
on Sep 25, 2012

@hiphopsuperman Check out the podcast! 

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