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Godspeed You! Black Emperor Takes The 2013 Polaris Prize
September 24, 2013
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Godspeed You! Black Emperor perform in London, England in 2000 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Justin Lynham)

The Polaris Music Prize gala went down last night in Toronto, and the winner of this year's $30,000 prize is Montreal-based band Godspeed You! Black Emperor. They won for their latest album, Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!

It doesn't sound like they're all that excited about the honour, though. A statement from the band on the Constellation Records site questions the reasoning behind the prize gala, attacks the corporate sponsorship that made the gala possible, and says the prize itself "doesn't serve the cause of righteous music at all." 

Despite their reservations, Godspeed accepted the $30,000 prize, and the band says it plans to "use the money to set up a program so that prisoners in Quebec have musical instruments if they need them." 

The gala was hosted by Shad and Kathleen Edwards, with the big award presented by last year's winner, Feist. Check out the 20-minute track "Mladic" from the album below:


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