Leslie Feist has won one of the most prestigious music awards in the country - the Polaris Music Prize.
With it, she takes home $30,000. Feist won for her 4th album, the platinum selling 'Metals', although when her name was called, she was so shocked she hid under her table.
"This was my worst fear - oh my God," she said as she accepted the prize. "You'd think from a lifetime of terrible speeches I would remember at one point to write something down, but I never do because it seems presumptuous to prepare."
"I've had a phenomenal night," she said. "I've been having such an unbelievably good time sitting here, watching this cavalcade of really good music."
"Everyone had a favourite here tonight, and I did too - and I did not think it was me. I'm just really shocked and really, really grateful to be a part of the night."
Here's the first single off 'Metals' - 'How Come You Never Go There.'
The Polaris goes the best Canadian album of the previous year, based on "artistic merit without regard to genre, sales history or label affiliation". More than 200 national jurors lobby for and debate their favourite records throughout the year.
From there, they arrive at a list of 10 finalists and the winner is ultimately decided by a small jury that includes music journalists, bloggers and broadcasters.
The winner of the Polaris is often tough to predict, as the jury is known to throw a few curve balls and surprises. This year, there was no clear favourite.
In fact, critics say you could make a good argument for everyone on the short list (which is listed below)
Feist has been on the Polaris shortlist before, for her hit record 'The Reminder' in 2007 and twice with 'Broken Social Scene' in 2006 and 2010. But she never won.
Since 2005, she's received 11 Juno Awards, been nominated for four Grammy Awards and performed her hit "1 2 3 4" on the Grammys in 2008. Plus, she's appeared on both 'Sesame Street' and last year's film 'The Muppets' (which of course, are the true signs you've made it.)
After her own performance, Kathleen Edwards thanked Polaris founder Steve Jordan for "creating a conversation about music" and for all of us who don't want to march in this sh*t parade." (ie: the more commercial award shows)
Also last night, organizers were apparently going back and forth with Drake as to whether he would appear at the show. But they say a couple of hours beforehand, his handlers told Jordan "he wasn't feeling well."
Then, an hour into the show, organizers were told "he might be feeling better." But Drake never did show.
After the awards, co-host Grant Lawrence (of CBC Radio 3) told reporters "We were back there juggling the entire order of the show based on whether he would show up or not."
Jordan said "he just didn't end up showing up, So yeah, he missed a great show."
If you want to listen to last night's Polaris Music Prize show, CBC Radio has put together a podcast version. Check it out right here.
We also featured an hour of Polaris content on Sunday's radio show. Check that out below:
And here's Feist the last time she was in the red chair talking to George.
Here are the top 10 finalists for this year's prize. Check out performances on our show from some of these artists right here.
Rapper Cadence Weapon for 'Hope In Dirt City'
Singer Cold Specks for her debut album 'I Predict A Graceful Expulsion'
Drake for 'Take Care'
Kathleen Edwards for 'Voyageur'
Feist for 'Metals'
'F--ked Up' for 'David Comes To Life'
Singer 'Grimes' (Claire Boucher) for 'Visions'
Electronic duo 'Handsome Furs' for 'Sound Kapital'
Garage Rockers 'Japandroids' for 'Celebration Rock'
Prog Rockers 'Yamantaka/Sonic Titan' for 'YT//ST'