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Polaris People For The Week Of September 28: Feist Wins, The Aftermath

· by Aaron Brophy

Wow. What a week.

You’re all aware that Feist is the 2012 Polaris Music Prize champion for her album Metals, right?

Congratulations, Leslie.

But let’s talk about the whole Polaris Gala that took place on Monday, September 24. There was Cadence Weapon‘s crazy preacherman outro to “Conditioning,” Kathleen Edwards‘ rallying cry speech, Grimes and her pole dancing buddy Gary, Cold Specks summoning ghosts, Damian from Fucked Up keeping his shirt on during a performance… for some of it, anyway, YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN being, well, themselves, and that confessional speech from Handsome Furs‘ Alexei Perry. Man, we are all honourbound to give that gal a solidarity hug the next time we see her.

There’s still a chance to experience all of this. Highlights from the Gala will air in a one-hour special, exclusively on MuchMusic, on Saturday, September 29 at 10 p.m. ET.

Let’s look at the aftermath:

First of all, Feist sent us a Valentine’s card. It’s super-sweet because we choo-choo-choose her, too.

The Grid’s Polaris coverage was distilled into its tumblrific inevitable – gifs.

The only close contender in visual storytelling department would be Brooklyn Vegan’s photo essaying of the evening.

Over at the Toronto Standard they’re coming to terms with their rage. Or post-rage. Or something.

Pop Matters had Feist pegged as the unlikely underdog.

Chromewaves has a thorough roundup that also includes the consumption of gin and tonics.

And there’s also substantial coverage from The Globe And Mail, CBC, Rolling Stone, Toronto Star, Canadian Press, Spinner and Exclaim, amongst others.

Some Polaris People took to twitter to talk about the result.

Cadence Weapon shouted out to Grimes, YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN and Fucked Up and gave “props” to Feist.

Grimes also sent out her congratulations to Feist. Not coincidentally, Feist thought Grimes was going to win on Monday.

Meanwhile, Kathleen Edwards called it in the middle of Feist’s performance during the Polaris Gala.

Oh, and first year Polaris champ Owen Pallett wants to erect a Leslie Feist statue.

To check out a complete 2012 Polaris Gala photo gallery from our official photographer Dustin Rabin, go HERE.


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