Godspeed You! Black Emperor wins Polaris Prize, writes scathing letter ridiculing the award

Godspeed You Black Emperor! performing live on...

Godspeed You Black Emperor! performing live on London, England. November 2000 Photo by Justin Lynham. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.”

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Written by Destrukto. Original content here: Canadian Music News

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Destrukto is a musician, songwriter and producer from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada with college diplomas in both business and computers. Destrukto has spent well over 10 years playing in, recording and promoting Canadian bands.