In a thrilling evening of Canada’s best talent celebrating the best albums of the year at the Carlu in Toronto, the Polaris Music Prize was awarded this past Monday night.
Hosted by broadcaster, Raina Douris, the Polaris Music Prize Gala kicked off with a rocking performance from Toronto’s PUP of their nominated album, Morbid Stuff, and Montreal’s Marie Davidson, performing the single “Work It” off of her nominated album, Working Class Woman.
Four-time Polaris shortlist nominee, Shad, invited past winner, Lido Pimineta, for his single “Magic” off of his nominated album A Short Story About War, while first-time shortlist nominee, Elisapie performed “Darkness Bring the Light” from her nominated album The Ballad of the Runaway Girl. Allan Slaight Juno Master Class Winner, Haviah Mighty, highlighted “Thirteen”, the duet “Wishy Washy” with her sister, Omega Mighty, and “Blame” off of her nominated album, 13th Floor.
Quebec artists were well represented as the night continued with performances by Quebec City’s Les Louanges, who brought their power-pop prowess with the title track from their nominated album, La nuit est une panthère. Montreal’s Dominque Fils-Aime had the audience joining in with “Gun Burial” from Stay Tuned!. Gatineau’s FET.NAT’s kept it beautifully weird by opting to perform “Trust Cops”, a track not featured on their nominated album La Mal.
Snotty Nose Rez Kids concluded the night with a medley of tracks from their second Polaris shortlisted album Trapline.
With the performances done, 2018 Polaris Music Prize winner, Jeremy Dutcher, was invited on stage to announce Haviah Mighty as this year’s Polaris Music Prize. With her win, the Toronto rapper will receive a monetary prize of $50,000.
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Born and raised with thoughts and aspirations of becoming a famous bassist in Sarnia, ON; Emily Plunkett now lives in Gatineau, QC, and considers National Capital Region home sweet home. A product of the Beatles, MuchMusic and the Southwestern Ontario summer festival circuit (circa 2000), her interest and love in concert photography came almost completely by accident when her journalism program at Algonquin College required courses in photojournalism (and she quickly realized that photos taken at concerts using a DSLR are enormously better than ones she was taking on a point-and-shoot she bought for a trip to England). She is extremely proud of the fact she has seen Sloan in some form or another 25 times.