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Photos: 2017 Polaris Music Prize Gala (Lido Pimienta, Feist, Weaves, Tanya Tagaq)

Photos by: Orest Dorosh – 

Lido Pimienta has won the 2017 Polaris Music Prize for the album, La Papessa.

“Not in English, not in French. But we’re here,” said Pimienta after accepting the award.

Held at the historic Carlu in Toronto last night (Sept. 18th), the evening featured performances by six of the 10 nominees, including Weaves, Lido Pimienta, Leif Vollebekk, Tanya Tagaq, Feist and Lisa Leblanc. The evening also featured the exclusive worldwide debut of Leonard Cohen’s new video for “Leaving the Table”, directed by Christopher Mills.

There were a number of high-profile testimonials on behalf of the various nominees throughout the evening. These included Nick Cave speaking on behalf of Leonard Cohen, Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew supporting Gord Downie, Saul Williams backing A Tribe Called Red, author Naomi Klein talking up Lido Pimienta and Perfume Genius endorsing Tanya Tagaq.

The 2017 Polaris Short List was:
A Tribe Called Red – We Are The Halluci Nation
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
Gord Downie – Secret Path
Feist – Pleasure
Lisa LeBlanc – Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?
Lido Pimienta – La Papessa
Tanya Tagaq – Retribution
Leif Vollebekk – Twin Solitude
Weaves – Weaves

“This year’s grand jury approached their task with passion, intellect and heart,” commented Katherine Duncan, who oversaw the Grand Jury. “Our winner emerged as a result of a year of dedicated listening, and many hours of thoughtful, inspiring debate. What a privilege it is to congratulate the winner of the 2017 Polaris Music Prize!”


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