Buffy Saint Marie Polaris

Buffy Sainte-Marie wins the 2015 Polaris Music Prize

Forget the Junos. The Polaris Music Prize Gala is truly Canadian music's night to shine. Not without its fair share of controversy over the years (think Godspeed You Black Emperor), this year's edition brought us the much-discussed name-change debate of Calgary's Viet Cong (who have since decided to change it as soon as they agree on something).

The win went to Buffy Sainte-Marie, who at 74 years old becomes the oldest artist to receive the coveted prize for her arresting album, Power In The Blood. Owen Pallet introduced her as "Not the sound of an artist resting on her laurels." Undoubtedly the critics agreed. She gets wiser and bolder with age and the power of her message resonated with the capacity crowd, which erupted when the winning announcement was made.

Polaris doesn't always get everything right, but it was fortunate that Viet Cong didn't use the gala as a platform to reveal their name change (they stated their intentions this weekend), and there tends to be early consensus that Sainte-Marie is a most worthy winner of the 2015 edition of the prize, one which will see her receive $50,000.

What do you think? Did the jury get it right this year?

Photo by Matt Forsythe


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