KEN mode's latest album made the Long List for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize. (Scott Kinkade)
It feels good, but much like the last, I think we stand little chance.
—Jesse Matthewson, KEN mode
The Polaris Music Prize announced its Long List today, and one Manitoban act is in the running for the annual award, worth $30,000.
Winnipeg metal/hardcore heroes KEN mode made the list for their latest album, Entrench. The band has been on the road since the album came out at the beginning of March.
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Reached in Providence, RI, singer Jesse Matthewson was happy to hear about the nomination, but not too optimistic.
"It feels good, but much like the last, I think we stand little chance," he said, laughing.
But Matthewson does appreciate what the Polaris Prize represents. "It means a nice amount of cash to indie rock musicians, and a nasty tease to purveyors of aggressive music."
The list of nominees will be whittled down when the Short List is released on July 16th. The prize is awarded to a Canadian Album of the Year, judged on artistic merit, unrelated to record sales or the genre of music. It is voted on by music journalists, bloggers and broadcasters.
Winning awards is becoming familiar territory for KEN mode, in 2012, they were the first to win the inaugural Juno award for Metal/Hard Album of the Year for the album Venerable.
The Long List for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize