SubscriptionsGo to the Subscriptions Centre to manage your:My ProfileThe 2009 Polaris Music Prize was awarded tonight in Toronto.F ed Up joins previous Polaris winners Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy), Patrick Watson and Caribou, all of whom have greatly benefited from the cash prize that comes with Polaris accolades at $20,000, it’s one of the largest monetary awards available to Canadian musicians.The 10 bands on this year’s Polaris short list ranged from fizzy synth pop (Metric) to punchy hip hop (K’naan) to elegaic art folk (Great Lake Swimmers). With the exception of F ed Up, whose innovative album The Chemistry of Common Life marries classic hardcore with instrumental experimentation and prog elements, there were few surprising or challenging choices amongst the nominees. The fact that F ed Up triumphed is refreshing, to say the least.Here’s a brief look at the 2009 Polaris Music Prize nominees by the numbers:Last week, Exclaim magazine broke down the geographical and gender distribution of this year’s Polaris nominated bands as well as the jury members who’ve done the nominating:According to the results, the Polaris Music Prize jury is both overwhelmingly male and from Ontario.
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My biggest concern with the new system that they want to implement is the expenses for the bubble athletes. I just don’t see it being plausible that a good athlete that works a full time job to travel to Dubai one month and somewhere halfway across the world the next. Imagine the travel expenses, time off work, etc..