Prior to the 2010 Polaris Music Prize ceremony, drummer Stephane Bergeron and keyboardist Francois Lafontaine of Montreal group Karkwa were hoping being on the Polaris Short List would get them a bit more attention in terms of touring.
"Maybe the person who booked the show tried something last year in Manitoba or tried something in Vancouver and we didn't have [the nomination]," Bergeron told Spinner. "Maybe now when they try again maybe [the venues and bookers] will accept the show. 'Oh we heard about your band and the short list.'"
Well, now Karkwa can add 2010 Polaris Music Prize winner to that sales pitch for their album 'Les Chemins de Verre.' The dual-drumming quintet won the fifth annual award for best Canadian full-length album last night at Toronto's Masonic Temple along with a cool $20,000.
"It's not about the industry or an internet vote, it's about the music," an excited Bergeron said alongside his band mates after last year's winner F---ed Up announced the winner. "There are a lot of award shows with a lot of prizes and a lot of thanks -- 'I'd like to thank my mother, my dog.' Here it's just one prize and it's the music, man!"
(...) The eventual stars of the evening -- Karkwa -- were not to be outdone. Mixing sweet harmonies alongside rather tight musicianship, the group earned one of the louder responses of the evening for their two-song set. "This is the prize that we follow all year and we like the process of voting, it's all about the music," Bergeron said prior to the ceremony. "Musically, when we check the short list it's always bands that we like. It's going to be an honor to play in front of all those guys."
Extract from article posted on Sep 21st 2010 by Jason MacNeil, Spinner