Arcade Fire Wins The 2011 Polaris Music Prize

The Montréal indie rockers have snagged the annual Canadian music prize, worth $30,000, for their album The Suburbs

Montreal’s Arcade Fire has won the 2011 Polaris Music Prize for The Suburbs, beating out other Can-con favourites like Braids, Timber Timbre, Austra and The Weeknd. The record, the band’s third, was inspired by the sleepy residential neighbourhoods of its members’ childhoods; track highlights include ‘We Used to Wait’ and ‘Ready to Start.’ Despite having already snagged Album of the Year at the Grammy’s this past February, Win Butler and co. are not treating the patriotic prize—which annually honours Canadian artists, and is worth $30,000—like small change. ‘We feel very emotional to receive an award based solely on artistic merit,’ the band said in a statement. ‘We really believe in records and we are thankful to the Polaris for recognizing our work and the work of so many great Canadian artists!’-Allison Friedman