Last night the 2010 Polaris Prize Gala was held at the Masonic Temple in Toronto. This event is always a treat for music lovers, as it brings together the top music acts in Canada to not only battle for the $20,000 prize, but the 10 short list nominees also perform tracks off of their nominated albums.
Despite the competitive tone that a big monetary prize should elicit, the Polaris Prize – which is awarded to the best album of the year – is always a tribute to the diversity and intense camaraderie in Canadian music. From francophone rappers Radio Radio to synth-pop wizard Caribou to the ever-evolving Broken Social Scene, each artist had only the best things to say about their fellow nominees. In the end, Karkwa took the top honour, and younger acts like Shad and Owen Pallett were able to stand-out in front of their seasoned peers as exceptional talents.
The show re-airs on MuchMusic this Saturday at 9p.m. EST.