Congratulations To Fucked Up, Who Won "Best Canadian Album Of The Year," Beating Out, Oh, We Assume, Like, Barenaked Ladies Or Something

No seriously, they won the Polaris Music Prize for Canadian Album of the Year. Eat it, K'naan. And celebrate when FU play the whole record, in order, with the Vivian Girls cameos and everything, November 5th at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. Very excited to see how the Times handles this news.

The full release:


(September 21, 2009 - 12:00 p.m.) Toronto, ON - Toronto, Ontario's Fucked Up was named the winner of the fourth annual Polaris Music Prize in a gala ceremony held tonight at Toronto's Concert Hall at the Masonic Temple. Artist takes home $20,000 for The Chemistry of Common Life, the Canadian Album of the Year.

" Until the very moment they made the announcement, I thought there was no way in hell that we would win," said Damian Abraham. "This is incredible. I'm more shocked than everyone at CTV. Thanks to everyone that played on the record and Jon Drew that produced the album, everyone at Matador, Steve Jordan and everyone at Polaris!"

As we near the one-year anniversary of Fucked Up's The Chemisty of Common Life, the band can look back on a very busy, if not unusual, year: a 12-hour concert performance, duets with John Joseph AND Moby, appearance as a left-wing pundit on Fox News...twice, a sold-out tour of China, a Juno nomination, and festival dates from Serbia to Central Park. 2009 has truly been a Fucked Up year.

More than 400 people attended the invite-only gala. For the first time all ten Short Listed artists performed at the event.

The winner for Album of the Year was selected by the 11-member gala Grand Jury, in turn chosen from this year's 182-member jury of Canadian music journalists, bloggers and broadcasters. The Grand Jury was sequestered in the Masonic Temple jury room while the event was taking place to vote on the winner. The results of their votes then determined the best Canadian album released between June 1, 2008 and May 31, 2009.

Liisa Ladouceur, who oversees the voting for Polaris, talked about the intensity of the process.

"We ask the jury to vote regardless of genre and they truly did," stated Liisa Ladouceur, Representative of the jury. "Members of the jury believed that the Fucked Up's Chemistry Of Common Life was not only the best hardcore album of the year, not only the best Canadian album of the year, but was the best album of the year in the world - period."

The 2009 11-member gala Grand Jury are: Bryan Acker (Herohill), Brendan Murphy (Hour), Stuart Derdeyn (Vancouver Province), Mary Dickie (Elle), Brad Frenette (National Post), Nicholas Jennings (freelance journalist), Robert Mersereau (CBC), Mia Parang (Musique Plus), Ben Rayner (Toronto Star), Brad Wheeler (The Globe And Mail) and Lisa Wilton (Calgary Sun).

Ten albums were shortlisted for the 2008 Polaris Prize. In alphabetical order, they are:

Elliott BROOD - Mountain Meadows
Fucked Up - The Chemistry of Common Life
Great Lake Swimmers - Lost Channels
Hey Rosetta - Into Your Lungs
K'NAAN - Troubadour
Malajube - Labyrinthes
Metric - Fantasies
Joel Plaskett - Three
Chad VanGaalen - Soft Airplane
Patrick Watson - Wooden Arms

The gala was hosted by CBC Radio 3's Grant Lawrence and MuchMusic's Sarah Taylor. Sirius Satellite Radio and Radio 3 broadcast the event live across North America on Sirius channel 86, and around the world on the web The gala was also webcast live on and will be broadcast Saturday September 26, 9pm ET on MuchMusic with repeat airings on MTV 2 October 2, 9pm ET and Bravo October 12, 10pm ET.

About the Polaris Music Prize

The Polaris Music Prize is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours, celebrates and rewards creativity and diversity in Canadian recorded music by recognizing and marketing the albums of the highest artistic integrity, without regard to musical genre, professional affiliation, or sales history, as judged by a panel of selected music critics. For further information, including rules, jury and sponsors, please visit

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