Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire Win Canada's 2011 Polaris Music Prize

Arcade Fire are the winners of the 2011 Polaris Music Prize, Canada's most prestigious music award, for their album The Suburbs. The band, one of ten shortlisted bands, faced competition from Austra, Braids, Destroyer, The Weeknd and more and were feted following a three-hour awards show last night, September 19.

The Polaris Music Prize, which also gives $30,000 CAD ($30,300 USD) to the winner, is chosen by an 11-person panel of music critics from a shortlist of bands determined by over 2000 writers, bloggers, radio broadcasters and other music industry notables.

The balance of shortlisted artists and bands included Ron Sexsmith, Timber Timbre, Colin Stetson, Galaxie and Hey! Rosetta.

Arcade Fire play two hometown shows this week in  Montréal, at the Metropolis Theatre on September 21 and a free show at Quartier des Spectacles on September 22.

Check out Win Butler's acceptance speech in the video below:

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