Leslie Feist’s fourth solo-album, Metals, proved to be a winner as the critically acclaimed singer-songwriter picked up the Polaris Music Prize last night at Toronto’s Masonic Temple.
Even with her 11 Juno awards and four Grammy nominations, no one was as surprised as Feist when Jeremy Gara and Tim Kingsbury from Arcade Fire (last year’s winner) made the announcement.
“After a lifetime of terrible speeches you would think I would have learned,” she said. “But I never want to write anything because it feels presumptuous.”
Feist was previously nominated in 2007 for the infectious album, The Reminder, but lost out to Patrick Watson’s Close to Paradise. This time around, Metals beat out nine other albums from the likes of Drake, Cadence Weapon, Cold Specks, Fucked Up, Kathleen Edwards, Grimes, Handsome Furs, Japandroids, and YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN.
As for what she will do with the $30,000 cash prize, Feist said it will likely go to charity. The merchandise sales from her tour are already supporting the legal defense against the mega-quarry in southern Ontario, making it a possible recipient of the winnings. —Portia Baladad