As if Arcade Fire were jonesing for some more acclaim, right? The best parallel for the Solaris prize would probably be to say it’s Canadian Mercury Prize, though the awards have only been going on since 2006. Former winners of the prize are (in order); Final Fantasy (Aka Owen Pallett), Patrick Watson, Caribou, Fucked Up and Karkwa.
The $30, 000 prize was accepted on behalf of the band last night by drummer Jeremy Gara and instrumentailst Richard Parry at the awards ceremony in Toronto for the bands work on The Suburbs. When accepting the award, Gara delivered quite a nice message for aspiring musicians:
“Anyone who is under 18 and playing music and everyone who has ever been on stage and had the opportunity to play music and have someone hear it, just stick with it, because in 20 years you could be up here and have an album much better than this.”
The nominated bands were:
The Suburbs – Arcade Fire
Feel It Break – Austra
Native Speaker – Braids
Kaputt – Destroyer
Tigre Et Diesel – Galaxie
Seeds – Hey Rosetta!
Long Player Late Bloomer – Ron Sexsmith
New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges – Colin Stetson
Creep On Creepin’ On – Timber Timbre
House Of Balloons – The Weeknd