Montreal’s Godspeed You! Black Emperor was awarded the Polaris Music Prize on September 23, 2013 in Toronto. The band has said that their $30,000 winnings for best Canadian album of the year will be used to fund music education in Quebec prisons.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor issued a statement in response to their victory which includes the following “3 quick bullet-points”:
“-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.”