Godspeed You! Black Emperor have issued a statement slamming the Polaris Prize.
One of the most high profile awards in Canadian music, the Polaris Prize has reached international prominence. At a ceremony earlier this week, Godspeed You! Black Emperor fought off some tough competition to scoop the trophy with their album 'Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!'.
Refusing to appear on the night, the band instead sent a label rep to pick up the gong. With the dust now settling, Godspeed You! Black Emperor have issued a statement heavily criticising the concept of music awards, the Polaris Prize and their choice of sponsor.
The band outlined their specific grievances with the Polaris Prize:
3 quick bullet-points that almost anybody could agree on maybe=
-holding a gala during a time of austerity and normalized decline is a weird thing to do.
-organizing a gala just so musicians can compete against each other for a novelty-sized cheque doesn’t serve the cause of righteous music at all.
-asking the toyota motor company to help cover the tab for that gala, during a summer where the melting northern ice caps are live-streaming on the internet, IS FUCKING INSANE, and comes across as tone-deaf to the current horrifying malaise.
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